Welcome to Bleshman Regional Day School
Sensory Room at Bleshman Regional Day School
I am pleased to share with you a video of our new, state of the art Sensory Room at Bleshman Regional Day School. The Sensory Room is a unique, therapeutic space designed to engage our students in stimulating or calming activities to facilitate self-regulation.
Our Sensory Room addresses the following sensory areas: auditory, tactile, visual, proprioception and vestibular. The variety of sensory equipment within this space offers a range of opportunities for our students to engage in fine motor, gross motor and interactive activities based on personalized sensory needs.
Through the use of technology, students are able to access their environment with increased independence. With a touch of a button on an iPad, students can activate choice equipment as well as to control the lighting in the room.
Each piece of equipment was chosen with a specific sensory function in mind. The fiberoptic ropes and lighted marble board enhance therapy sessions through visual and tactile stimuli while the somatron transmits computer-generated musical frequencies into vibrations to provide vibro-acoustic therapy and auditory input. Our Funtronic system engages students in an interactive visual, auditory and kinesthetic experience and our projection system allows the room to be transformed into a whole new environment.
If you should have any questions about the Sensory Room, or other programs offered at Bleshman, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As the Principal of the N.A. Bleshman Regional Day School, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! We are so excited to have our students return to school and fill the classrooms and hallways with the hustle and bustle that was absent in August!
Bleshman Regional Day School offers students between the ages of three through twenty-one a comprehensive program that incorporates an academic / functional / career-based curriculum with an intensive therapy program that includes Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapies as prescribed by the students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Another benefit of attending Bleshman Regional Day School is the seamless transition for students (and families) through the school years. The school facility is well designed for these transitions as there are 4 wings to the school offering classrooms for pre-school/elementary school, middle school, high school and post high school-21 years of age. This model offers a collaborative approach between the teachers in each wing, with dedicated and focused curriculum towards that particular age group.
Throughout the building there are areas that everyone can utilize to enhance the programming offered at Bleshman Regional Day School. This includes the state of the art Sensory Room (check out the video!), Career Awareness Center, fully accessible playground, Library, Apartment and a Makerspace Room. The School Spirit Committee, in partnership with the Home-School Association (HSA), offers monthly events to provide opportunities for our students to experience social and cultural events.
On behalf of the staff of Bleshman Regional Day School, welcome back to school! We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.
The Norman A. Bleshman Regional Day School educates students, three through twenty-one years of age, with multiple disabilities. Our comprehensive school offers an academic / functional / career-based curriculum with an intensive therapy program that includes Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapies as prescribed by the students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP). A key component of our program includes offering an integrated approach in instruction and therapies.
It is the goal of the Bleshman Regional Day School to help our students reach their greatest potential in their communities. To reach that goal, we work collaboratively with the students' team including, but not limited to, the student, parents/guardians, teacher, school case manager, nurse, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, behaviorist, local district case manager, individual nurse or assistant and principal. We also utilize specialists in the areas of augmentative communication, assistive technology and adaptive equipment in order to meet the unique learning needs of our students. Academic instruction is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards; lesson and activities are differentiated and individualized to meet the diverse learning styles and strengths of the students.
Bleshman Regional Day School offers very specialized preschool programming, which focuses on a curriculum from Curiosity Corner as well as fosters the integrated therapy model. This program provides a strong foundation in language, literacy, science and mathematics via a multi-sensory approach.
One of the latest initiatives at Bleshman Regional Day School is the expansion of our in-house technology which includes robotics! This has been a wonderful addition to our programming in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Technology is a useful tool to support and promote student engagement with activities and lessons as well as communication and socialization skills.
School based activities are designed to promote natural learning opportunities and social skills within the classroom, school apartment, school store, school library, on the fully accessible playground in the spacious backyard, and during the many school-wide events held with members of the local community. Students attend adaptive physical education class, music class, and art class on a weekly basis. The in-house Career Awareness Center offers an "experiential" model which is closely aligned to real life community experiences. We feel that this approach, coupled with increased community interactions and experiences, will assist parents in working with various agencies for the purposes of post-secondary and transition planning for their son/daughter upon graduation. The Child Study Team at Bleshman Regional Day School works closely with families in navigating the processes involved in planning for the transition from the education setting to adult life.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Bleshman Regional Day School at 201-343-6000 ext 6440 or check us out on Facebook!