The Emotional Support (ES) Program is designed to provide academic, emotional, and behavioral support for students ages 6–14, who are unable to participate in regular educational programs because of moderate-to-severe behavioral and social skill impairments. The Emotional Support Program encompasses the Pennsylvania Common Core English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science Education, Health and Physical Education, Arts and Humanities, and Technical Education State Standards. The program also provides instruction necessary for active learning, self-control, and socialization.
We provide integrated behavioral and related services (Speech and OT) as part of daily individualized academic programming. This specialized approach allows us to maintain the highest level of consistent educational engagement and social/emotional support in classrooms that have 1 teacher and 1 assistant for 8 students.
By identifying each young person's personal strengths, The Pathway School helps students gain the confidence necessary to challenge their less-productive behaviors and rely on those strengths when confronting academic and social tasks that require positive risk-taking.
The Emotional Support Program offers the following components to all of its students:
- Functional Behavior Assessment
- Individualized Positive Behavior Support Plan
- Education and treatment interventions that target the student's bio-psychosocial needs
- Skills-based curriculum and specials (Arts, Drama, Technology)
- Effective motivation systems including: numerous special events, educational and social activities and field trips
- Extended School Year (ESY), which incorporates field trips and creative arts
The opportunity exists for Emotional Support students to transition into other educational programs at The Pathway School within our Lower School or Upper School.The IEP team will work with the school district and the parent(s) or guardian(s) to determine the least restrictive environment for the student once they have graduated from the Emotional Support Program. The team will make a recommendation for the student to transition into Pathway’s Therapeutic Academic Program (TAP), return to their home school district, or into an alternate placement determined by the school district or charter school.