The school utilizes the Developmental Individual Differences Relationship-based (DIR®) model. The DIR® Methodology developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan proceeds from the core belief that relationships are the foundation of learning. At Rebecca School, they consider the variations in individual motor and sensory processing systems and tailor each child’s program to his or her specific needs. There is no “one-size-fits-all” for children with neurodevelopmental delays in relating and communicating. Each child has unique strengths to be developed and limitations to be remediated. Their goal is not to fit the child to the program but to fit the program to the child.
Academics at the Rebecca School foster a child’s ability to relate, communicate, and think. The academic program focuses around the student’s passions, interests, and lived emotional experiences. Teachers create individualized lessons to address both the developmental and interest levels of each student. Academics in the classroom aim to address the student’s core developmental and learning challenges. Skills are taught in a dynamic relationship both in 1:1 interactions with a teacher, small groups, and large classroom activities.
Rebecca School is located at 40 East 30th Street in New York City. Our 60,000 square foot facility encompasses five floors and 16 classrooms. Each floor has classrooms situated around the perimeter of the building with therapists’ offices and Quiet Rooms in the center of the floor. The school has two art studios, one for ceramics with a pottery wheel and kiln, and one for all other art mediums. There is also a library and two music rooms. The school contains a large gym with a rock climbing wall, two sensory gyms, and a rooftop playground. Thoughtful consideration of sensory and environmental experience was used in designing and choosing colors and fixtures.
Learn more about Rebecca School at: http://www.rebeccaschool.org