Ross’ Story

Ross, a former student at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, is a motivated and engaging young man who has Asperger syndrome. “I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy,” says Ross. “On the other hand, sometimes I am unaware of other people’s feelings. I can be impulsive, and I do get overwhelmed. ”

Ross had difficulty adapting at his previous public school due to these challenges. However, Westbrook’s residential school setting gave Ross the opportunity to work on his social skills and develop strategies to help him avoid feeling overwhelmed.

One key element of life at Westbrook is the internship program. While students find comfort and build confidence living and learning with other teens who have similar challenges, they know that they need to prepare themselves to communicate and work well with all kinds of people. Ross’s first internship was at Sports Authority, and he held another at St. Brigid’s Elementary School Camp where he found talking with children about sports very rewarding.

His interest in sports led Ross to his next internship at WCWP 88.1 FM, the college radio station at CW Post. He ran the audio control sound board at sporting events, made guest appearances on a college sports talk show and researched sports information for use on air. He enjoyed his experience so much that he decided to study communications in college.

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Medical & Developmental Supports – Brooklyn

Specialized Medical & Developmental Supports provides supportive services for families in which a caregiver or child has a medical condition or developmental disability. Also known as intensive preventive services, this program offers the same basic services offered by our Family Support Programs, but these services are modified and/or intensified to meet the family’s specific needs.  The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach involving case planners, case aides, nurses and a developmental specialist to meet the needs of families, including advocacy support and referrals.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Families in need of parenting support and help finding resources to strengthen their families / families with involvement with Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) due to alleged abuse or neglect.

Age Criteria or Other Eligibility Requirements

Families who are pregnant or with children under 18, with a family member with a medical condition or developmental delay, in Brooklyn

How to Access this Program or Service

Contact the program director at 646.436.6481

Success Stories

Ross’ Story

Westbrook Preparatory School

“I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy” Learn More

Jackie Tyree Kos

"It’s exciting to be involved with an agency that is doing so much good for so many people." Learn More

Last year,

97%

of children in our early education centers met or exceeded national mathematics performance standards

Last year,

97%

of children in our early education centers met or exceeded national literacy performance standards