Therapeutic Nursery School (Oakland, CA)
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Therapeutic Nursery School (Oakland, CA)
Bridge K program for adopted 5 year old girl
My husband and I are adopting two girls 4 1/2 and 1 1/2 from
social services & we will take custody in the next 2 weeks.
We would like to know if anyone has a recommendation for
bridge K program near Oakland area that can handle an
emotionally troubled soon to be 5 year old. She just
finished pre school at her foster home and was nearly
expelled for violent outbursts (screaming and throwing
chairs), she will be 5 late September and we feel she's not
ready for regular Kindergarten. We also are looking for a
child therapist and welcome any suggestions. Thank you.
Hi there, The Therapeutic Nursery School operated by East
Bay Agency for children might be a good option. You may
want to give them a call and see if they expect to have an
opening available in the fall. A child adopted at this age
will usually need a lot of support. Congratulations on
your expanding family. Katrinca
Check out the Therapeutic Nursery School run by the East Bay
Agency for Children. They are certainly familiar with the
needs of kids connected to the foster system, they run
through kindergarten, and they will be able to help your
girl make the massive transition to living with you! My kid
had some similar issues and I seriously considered TNS for
him-- the program impressed me. West Coast Children's
Center in Oakland provides therapy that is covered by
Medi-Cal; they are also familiar with former foster kids and
could assist your whole family. Wishing you the best.
Another fost/adopt mom
Seriously considering EBAC preschool for my child
Does anyone have experience with the East Bay Agency for Children's
Therapeutic Nursery School, or with any similar programs in the East Bay? I
am seriously considering the EBAC preschool for my child.
My child attended the Therapeutic Nursery School for one school year,
2006-2007. A setting like this was recommended for him as he had problems
with making transitions and had frequent emotional meltdowns in regular
preschool. The school was unable to give him the attention that he needed
and the director recommended that we try a setting such as this. At the time
the brochure said that the school was for children who had suffered some
type of childhood trauma, which fit him. The negatives for me were that I
found the facility a bit depressing and lacking in enrichment objects and
activities. Also I'm not sure the teachers were trained to handle children
who needed a therapeutic approach to their learning. In our case, they
didn't seem to have the training to handle a child with special emotional
needs. They were nice people, but didn't seem really equipped for the job.
That was a disappointment to me. And I didn't like the padded room that the
children would be put into when they had a meltdown. That was a little too
institutional for me. The positive was that I found the play therapist that
worked with my child to be very good. She was an intern, but seemed to have
good training and I felt that she worked well with my child. I know that
there have been staffing changes there, so you will want to visit and see
what you think about it. I know that EBAC has another site in Oakland,
Building Blocks or some name like that, and I heard that it was a nicer
setting. Overall, I would say that TNS was an OK experience for our family.
A former parent of TNS
I am an occupational therapist who specializes in working with young
children and preschoolers with special needs. My experience and
professional views with therapeutic settings have been mixed. It is intended
for children who have rather severe emotional issues, so I would just be
careful about the goodness of fit for your child. For any parent looking at
a preschool, it is vital to visit and actually stay to watch how the program
is run. This first visit should be without your child. Then go visit with
your child. Finally, ask important questions such as when do kids get
outdoor time, how do you discipline children, and how do you resolve
conflicts between the children. The last two are especially important if
you are considering a therapeutic setting.
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