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The REACH Program

As a provider of sub-acute care, we are quite aware of the importance of education to a child's complete well-being. We strive to provide everyone at The Children's Place with a course of study and activity that will promote stimulation, education and healing.

We work collectively with Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs and have been fortunate to bring the school system here to the hospital. The SECEP REACH Program’s (Raising Expectations and Abilities for Children with complex Health needs) mission is to provide a high quality educational program that maximizes potential for students with complex medical needs who live in residential settings. Dedicated and qualified team members provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment that emphasizes communication development and active learning. The REACH program strives to develop meaningful connections with families and communities. We created hospital-based classrooms where students who are significantly cognitively impaired are able to maximize their capabilities in an environment that's educational and comfortable. Our educational program has a three-pronged approach to services for children with significant disabilities which emphasizes communication training, instruction focusing on literacy and math skills, improving independence levels of our students.

The SECEP REACH Program was developed in July 2004 by SECEP in conjunction with consultants from Virginia Commonwealth University who specialize in severe disabilities. The SECEP REACH Program offers educational services to over 100 students, from 2 to 21 years of age, with severe to profound disabilities.

Our vision is to develop a model program that provides high-quality instruction, encourages close integration between home and school, and facilitates maximum participation of all students by March 2010.

In addition to our class programs, we also orchestrate challenging outdoor experiences that include field trips, indoor and outdoor activities, baseball games and supervised time at our recently opened Children's Place Playground.

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