“The program at Montclair State University’s Children Center provides my son the services he requires (occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy) within an integrated setting. He does not need to be pulled out in order to receive his service; they the teachers, assistants, and therapists work together so as to integrate therapies, strategies, and practices within the classroom, and throughout the normal school day. The opportunities for social interaction are maximized and used as a way of facilitating interaction, communication, and language. The close collaboration between therapists, teachers, assistants, and parents has allowed my son to make remarkable progress in a short time.”
-F.C. Mother of 3-year-old with autism, who is included in a preschool classroom at the Children’s Center
"I really love the thought that this would be an inclusive, educational environment…I thought that it would be a wonderful opportunity for my kids to develop and to understand that there are people that you encounter through life who learn and communicate in different ways than you do. And I think at some level it probably helps them view the world with a far more empathetic, understanding and accepting view at a very young age when kids are, I think, inclined to be that way to begin with….and only learn later not to be."
-B.K. Mother of two typically developing children who attend the Children’s Center
"Inclusion allows differently-abled children to share the excitement of learning and exploration - the joys of childhood- with typical children. Joyful experiences, I believe, are even more important for children with physical or mental challenges, because they struggle daily with things most of us take for granted. Fun interactions with
typical peers are essential to the development of healthy self-esteem."
-B.C. Mother of a 4-year-old with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), who is included in a preschool classroom at the Children’s Center