A New Story Opens in Monroeville for Individual NeedsBy Bailey, Laurie; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Publication Date: March 11, 2010
Article features a school for students with complex emotional and behavioral issues. Located in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, New Story school provides highly individualized instruction for 15 students from kindergarten through age 21, who have been referred by professionals from local public school districts. The school environment has calming features such as cream colored walls, some of them left blank to help children concentrate and some with pictures and words listing, in order, the day’s activities; a therapy room with motoring devices such as a large swing to give students with autism soothing stimulation needed to return to their academic work; and a gym with equipment such as a trampoline with screened-in sides for safety and a four-wheeled scooter with foam padding. Professionals at New Story work with students to prepare for transfer back to their public school when they are ready. The cost of attending the school is covered by students’ home district and a state funded medical assistance program. In addition, the school budget includes funding for families to help purchase goods, such as braces or hearing aids, that are not covered by insurance or other funds.
Published by: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Website:http://www.post-gazette.com)
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