At CTDS family involvement is an integral part of a child’s program. We recognize that the family with a special needs child benefits from support on both an emotional and practical level. The school offers guidance to parents. CTDS values the reciprocal relationship between the child’s family and the school staff. Families become an integral component as participants in the child’s treatment program. Our staff relies heavily on input from parents and regards as vital the perceptions and understanding of the child. CTDS also understand that disabilities can present a strain on the family system. The staff lend their expertise and provide guidance and support. Parents feel less isolated as a result of work with the child’s therapeutic teacher, involvement in individual and couple therapy, participation in the weekly parent group and friendships with other CTDS families. The availability of classroom teachers, the daily communication book and weekly parent -teacher phone conferences facilitate communication between the home and school. In a further attempt to extend outreach to families CTDS offers a grandparent support group, and sibling groups where brothers and sisters of CTDS children can voice feelings and concerns about growing up with a special needs sibling. We have great respect for the courage and dedication of the children and families with whom we work.
Community Therapeutic Day School invites parents of currently enrolled students and alumni parents to attend and participate in its Parent Advisory Council. This is a forum for parents to express their concerns, questions and opinions on matters pertaining to the education, health and safety of the students in the program. The Parent Advisory Council will meet four times per academic year and members of the group will be notified well in advance of upcoming meetings. There will be a designated parent coordinator. An administrative staff person will attend the Parent Advisory Council meetings to provide support to the parents.
PAC Mission Statement
The CTDS-PAC shall advise the school on issues pertaining to the education, health and safety of the students. The CTDS-PAC will help with strengthening community building among families and school staff.