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Tilden Elementary School
Re: Pre-K for Language Delay Tilden Elementary School in Oakland is great for children with language delays. I have personally seen the positive effects it has had on my friends daughter. http://tilden.ousd.k12.ca.us/ Sara
Re: Finding a preschool for autistic son
Tilden, an Oakland public school, is thriving. It has great half-day programs for preschool kids with special needs (and more). It's part of Oakland Unified, so disregard the enrollment deadline. If your son qualifies for OUSD services, he will get placed in a class that's appropriate for him--Tilden or perhaps another site, like Emerson. To start the process, send a letter (a self-referral) to the preschool team at OUSD: Special Education Office Marcus A. Foster Site 2850 West Street Oakland, CA 94608 Phone: (510) 879-8223 Ask that your son be evaluated for an appropriate class and services.
Additionally, if you need respite care, you can get him evaluated at the Regional Center of the East Bay, (510)383-1200. Good luck with the move. East bay mom
I want to report on another great year at the Tilden School in East Oakland. I have two children at this public elementary school (K-2) - one in first grade, one in kindergarten. Both of them are in integrated classrooms where the students are a mix of typically developing and special needs kids.
My ''typical'' 5-year-old is thriving at Tilden. The program is so enriched - Tilden is an arts learning anchor, and the many extras are planned to promote the children's language, social and cognitive development. Every week they take dance, music, art, P.E., and storytelling, all keyed to promote cognitive skills. My son is learning all the usual kindergarten things - more importantly, he's happy interested, engaged. In the afternoons both my children insist on staying after school to play on the jungle gyms with other children.
The classroom curriculum is the California standard; the teacher also gives him extra projects or challenges tailored to his abilities. The teachers use the resources of the school and community to enhance learning - they have been visiting the school's garden as part of science this month, and the second grade class is leading a gardening project.
Tilden is a hidden jewel in the East Oakland foothills. The integrated kindergarten is full for Fall 2007, but the wait list is open and at least one or two on the list will have a good shot of getting in.
Mills College students with small children should consider Tilden. I am finishing my MFA at Mills, and having my two kids at Tilden this year while I go to college four blocks away has been a godsend. I got Mills undergrads to do afterschool pickup and babysitting (on Mills campus - the kids walk from Tilden to Mills).
Tilden's facility definitely needs a coat of paint (and my new job post graduation is to hound the district until they fix all the items on our checklist) but the teachers and the curriculum are topnotch. The diversity of the students means your children will learn great life skills; the multiple qualifications of the teachers means your children will get specialized, thoughtful instruction of the highest caliber.
If you have questions about The Tilden School, feel free to email me. I am going to speak to the incoming class of kindergarten parents some time in the week of May 14, 2007; and there will be a school open house on May 23 showcasing the Arts program - I believe at 6 or 6:30. Email if you are interested and I can get you directions and more information.
The Tilden School is on a quiet residential block just south of High Street and west of Tompkins/Carson, in the foothills above Highway 580. 4551 Steele St, Oakland, CA 94619 (510) 879-1560
My 6 year old with global developmental delays is just finishing kindergarten at the Tilden school in Oakland, and we're very happy with his progress and the class. It's an integrated class with half general ed. kids and half IEP kids. My son is reading words and short sentences, singing songs and reciting poems, taking dance class, and has mastered the calendar - days and dates. He has made friends and has been to several birthday parties this year, as well as hosted his own. We're putting our 5 year old in the same kindergarten in Fall 2006, on the general education side. There will be at least one other Tilden School sibling with him. We're very happy with the school -staff works hard to add extras like LunaKids Dance, visiting dance troupes Paul Taylor II and Axis, and a MOCHA arts program. Leila
We just came out of an IEP for our three year old who has some
problems with the social use of language. OUSD feels that his
defecits are severe enough to qualify him for the
communications handicapped class at Tilden. We are apprehensive
about it and were wondering if there were any parents out there
who were willing to share their experiences. Were your kids
comfortable there? Did their problems improve? Were there any
other options that you considered before commiting to signing
the IEP on the dotted line?
New to the world of special needs
The wonderful thing about Tilden is that it is integrated, the kids get to mix with regular ed kids and let me tell you, you will never find a more dedicated Principal or body of Staff. The buildings are in need of some updating, but what goes on inside those walls is truely wonderful. They have Mocha visiting, Sports for Kids and any number of other enrichment activities as well as on site OT, PT and speech therapy.
I have nothing but positive things to say about Joslin Johnson,
the Principal. She works tirelessly, is dedicated and very
approachable. If you would like to talk further please do not
hesitate to get in touch.
My 2 year old son is currently receiving services from the Regional Center for global delays in speech, motor, and cognition. Based on his progress in the last 10 months, I suspect he will test out of the Center's services when he turns 3. However, his speech delay is striking and I am starting to investigate preschool/therapy options for him for next year. He uses some rudimentary sign, and some words that his parents understand. His speech therapist is going to start him on PECs to see if he responds well to the program. All this said, has anyone with a child similarly delayed/gifted? put their child in Tilden School in Oakland? I'd love to correspond with you about the IEP process and your impression of the quality of services your child received. Thanks! Ann
Sounds as if you are already getting therapy services, which is great. Although you mention that you don't want to put your child in a class with language delayed children, you should really contact the school district to see what they have. (They won't address your child until he turns 3, but you might as well get an appointment for soon after his birthday.)
In Oakland there is Tilden, which has a good preschool for ''communicatively handicapped'' kids, and teachers who are double credentialed in teaching and in speech therapy. One thing to note: kids with delays often do not learn from peers as well as they learn from a structured environment and strong teaching.
My son started the Tilden program at 4.5 years of age and made a lot of progress in many areas. (He's almost 9 now.)
I hope that helps, good luck. I'm happy to discuss with you if you would like. Nancy
You didn't say which school district you were in, but if its Oakland, you should look into one of the classrooms at Tilden School. This is a small special education public school for preschool/kindergarten, and has classes for a variety of non- severely handicapped disorders such as Asperger's, autism, language, deaf/hard of hearing and more. (My son attends there in one of the communicative handicapped kindergarten classes.) If you happen to be in the Piedmont School District, the Asperger's expert teacher who used to teach at Tilden is now teaching at a school there. Her name is Patti Stevenson. If you are in neither of these districts and your district is not offering an appropriate placement, you could perhaps get an inter-district transfer. Under the law you are entitiled to a ''free and APPROPRIATE education'' for your child. If the classroom being offered to you has a mixture of children with disabilities ranging from mild to severe, that is not an appropriate placement for your child. If you need any further information, I would be happy to direct you to some parents who could better answer your questions. Charlotte
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