The Woodlands Children’s Museum is a very generous community partner with the ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) Infant Program of Easter Seals Greater Houston. Beginning in September, the museum has offered classroom space for ECI to conduct group sessions for some of the children receiving ECI services. The group meets one hour, one morning each week. Typically, four to six children attend group. One parent attends group with his/her child to offer support, and to observe strategies the family can also use at home. Each group session is led by an EIS (Early Intervention Specialist) and an SLP (Speech Language Pathologist). School readiness and communication skills are the goals of the group, preparing the children for community preschools they may attend after they graduate from ECI at 3 years old. The purpose of group services is to encourage children to attend, participate, and interact with peers and adults to promote successful transition into school. The EIS and SLP help develop these skills through a variety of hands-on play activities. As Abraham Maslow states, “Almost all creativity involves purposeful play”.
Themes for the group activities change each month. The theme is usually related to a children’s book such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Activities may include interacting with books and songs, movement activities, exploring various textures through play, art, and snacks, and participating in social play with their classmates.
By offering this classroom space, the museum gives children the opportunity to learn in a group setting, which may help them transition easier into preschool. “Children understand and remember concepts best when they learn from direct personal experience.” (Joseph Cornell) This partnership demonstrates community agencies working together for the benefit of children, and enhancing their development. ECI of Easter Seals Greater Houston is very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with The Woodlands Children’s Museum and we hope this community partnership can continue in the future.
Sharon Mott, Early Childhood Intervention Infant Program Transition and Outreach Coordinator, Easter Seals Greater Houston
Check out two of The Caroline School‘s awesome students, Jack and Crystal, playing tag around the table!
Both students are working on the physical, social, and cognitive skills of learning at The Caroline School. Jack is out of his wheelchair and working to move his body with primarily his arms. He is playing with Crystal by visually referencing her trying to get him and sharing joy when she does. Cognitively, he is working to coordinate his eye gaze, plan and organize his path away from her, and communicate his happiness in playing. Crystal is working on the physical skills of learning by using the body scooter. She is using her arms to pull and steer her body and her neck and back muscles to keep her head up and track Jack. She is socially sharing joy and anticipation with Jack as she tries to catch him. Lastly, Crystal cognitively decides when to speed up, slow down, or change directions. Moments like these share how learning at The Caroline School is both fun and individualized!
The Caroline School at Easter Seals Greater Houston provides unique educational services to meet the physical, social and cognitive needs of individuals ages 0-21 with multiple disabilities, including those who have additional medical needs.
With an average class size of eight students and a staff to student ratio of 1:4, The Caroline School teachers are able to meet every student at their particular level. The student’s abilities, rather than disabilities, dictate the pace and path that we follow step by step. Time and attention is invested for every student to feel safe, secure, and cared for no matter their challenges. We feel that this promotes an environment conducive to happy and healthy lifelong learners.
To get an application or schedule a tour please contact our Educational Director, Tabitha Hernandez, at email@example.com.
If you are seeking a job that gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families and be an important part of a team of caring professionals, look no further than The Caroline School! Join Easter Seals Greater Houston in our mission to provide services that meet the physical, cognitive and social needs of children with development delays and their families.
We would love to work with someone who is:
- Experienced in the field (preferably of Education, however other fields will be considered based on particular involvement with children/students)
- Certified to teach (SpEd specialization recommended, but not required)
- Passionate about their work
- Able to be part of a team
- A creative and flexible thinker regarding educational approaches
- Available as soon as possible
We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission company and offer:
- A super supportive team and working environment
- On-going training
- Optional full or partial Summers
- An HISD calendar year
- 5 days of additional Paid days off
If you have the qualities listed above, please send your resume and quick blurb about yourself to the Educational Director of The Caroline School, Tabitha Hernandez, at THernandez@eastersealshouston.org
Tabitha Hernandez, The Caroline School, Easter Seals Greater Houston