We asked Claudia Faucher, RN, a nurse at GPA, about the biofeedback program at Garfield Park Academy.
Joe Brogan, a case manager at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, knew that when T’s social and behavioral challenges and difficulty maintaining positive peer relationships, were having a negative impact on her academic work, she needed a different approach. He and others on the IEP team turned to Garfield Park Academy for placement when T was in middle school.
The Zones approach addresses underlying deficits in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition, so it can help move our students toward independent regulation.
Horticulture Center at Garfield Park Academy. The center functions as a quiet oasis for students, where they can connect with nature and get their hands dirty. Students learn patience and how to care for plants through hands-on earth science lessons. They also learn career skills: the classroom is set up to run as a full-service flower shop, so students learn about marketing, salesmanship, order taking, and cash register operation.
A brand new sensory room is helping students improve self-awareness and explore self-regulation strategies. Used increasingly for students on the autism spectrum and those with sensory integration issues, the multisensory environment consists of an array of lights, sounds and tactile experiences that can be adjusted to individual preferences.
StoryWalk, a concept created by Vermont educator Anne Ferguson, is a fun and innovative activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a route in the community, on the playground, or inside the school building. It helps build children's interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity.
Learning to drive is a right of passage for American teens, and those at GPA are no exception. This year, Michael Gill, Physical Education teacher, worked with a group of Juniors and Seniors to get them ready to take the written portion of the New Jersey drivers test.
Private First Class, Jonathan Noriega returned to Garfield Park Academy this winter. The 2012 graduate met with staff and students, reflecting on what he learned at GPA. He took questions about hard work, life in the military, and how GPA helped turn his life around.
Garfield Park Academy students once again filled the gallery at Virtua Memorial Hospital [...]
Ten students from our school supported by staff recently attended the Rowan College at BCC Job Fair held at the Kennedy Center in Willingboro.