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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Westbrook Therapeutic & Nutrition Services

The staff at Westbrook strive to help our students and their families achieve the most out of life, both during their time at Westbrook and they look to the future.

Transitioning into the adult world can present challenges for young people and Westbrook students often require unique programming and planning. Activities are based on the student’s individual needs, preferences, and interests. Staff works closely with school district personnel and parents to provide individual transition planning for students with the explicit goal of maximizing independence through supervised field work experiences and regular participation in community-based activities.

Internships

Adaptation, communication and real world experience are pillars of the academic experience that Westbrook provides. Since its inception, Westbrook has worked to develop strong partnerships in Westbury and the surrounding towns. Current and past internship options include but are not limited to:

Current:

  • Arbors Assisted Living
  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • Hicks Nursery
  • Holiday Farms Grocery
  • Law Offices of Kaplan and Kaplan
  • L.I. Children’s Museum
  • Mineola Library
  • Office of the Mayor of Westbury
  • SCO Family of Services
  • Sew Time
  • Willis Ave. Hobby Shop
  • Young Peoples Camp of Nassau County

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Westbrook Preparatory School

Westbrook Preparatory School is the first residential New York State Regents junior/senior high school for students with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism and related conditions. Read More

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340

young adults served by SCO are in college this academic year

Last year,

97%

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