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A S B Preschool

In a rather uncertain world, the preschool at ASB is a safe haven for any visually impaired child aged 3-5. In a class setting of 2 to 5 students, these young children experience structure, consistency, and lesson plans individualized to each learner.
 

The purposes of the program are to thoroughly evaluate each child in every part of development, and to provide experiences that will help them develop to their maximum potential. This is not obvious to the children. They are caught up in activities including puzzle and game play, music, art, physical education, reading, self-help skills, weekly field trips, cooking, and social play. The program also provides medically prescribed speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. According to needs, some children receive pre-Braille, orientation/mobility, and vision stimulation training.

Teachers in the program have Master's degrees and state certificates in both early childhood and vision education. Art, music, and physical education instructors are certified in vision education and in their areas of specialization. The classes are each served by teacher aides who are also with the children before and after school during drop-off and pick-up times.

 

The preschoolers' day begins at 7:55 and ends at 3:00 Monday through Thursday. Friday's schedule ends at 1:30 to provide transportation time for residential students going home throughout the state. The holiday schedule is similar to that of most public schools. Go to the calendar page on this web site for specific information. Transportation between home and school is usually available through the child's local school district. ASB helps to make such arrangements for interested families.

Children are provided lunch in their own dining room by a skilled cafeteria staff supervised by a licensed dietitian. Their health and medications are managed by a nurse in a full service infirmary setting with an ACH doctor on call.

Families or schools with visually impaired preschoolers are welcome to visit the ASB campus to observe, to gain suggestions for materials and procedures, or to schedule evaluations.