For children who struggle with emotional disabilities, school can be a challenge. Schools have been developed that focus on therapeutically treating children with emotional disturbances while providing them with a tailored educational plan. There are several such schools in Maryland, many of which can be found through a simple Internet search.
The Forbush School, located in Glyndon, is a part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System. This school provides services to 160 children year-round and delivers educational and therapeutic services to children with emotional and behavioral challenges. For older students, the school offers two educational tracks, academic and vocational. The school is staffed with certified teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists to meet all children’s needs.
The Villa Maria Schools provide therapeutic and educational services for children with emotional and learning difficulties who need support above and beyond what their public schools can offer. The various locations offer day and residential programs for children from pre-kindergarten through ninth grade, depending on the location. For those children struggling with emotional disabilities, Villa Maria offers a brief day program to help structure a clinical and educational service plan. Children between the ages of six and 13 may qualify for this service, dependent upon a recommendation by their public school.
The Children’s Guild has two locations in Maryland, with day schools in Baltimore and in Prince George’s County. These day schools provide services to children with emotional disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, and other secondary disabilities. These children struggle to be successful in their regular school setting. In addition to an educational curriculum, students also receive therapeutic support through individual and group therapy, medication management, case management, and crisis intervention.
The Foundation Schools, with campuses in Largo and Gaithersburg, provide support to students with emotional disabilities. These schools aim to provide therapeutic and educational support for children in grades 1 through 12 at the Largo location and grades 3 through 12 at the Gaithersburg location. Referrals are often received from local public schools, mental health agencies, and parents. The school’s goal is to provide support to children with emotional disabilities to allow them to experience success in their academic careers.
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