Counseling is provided on site at The Gateway School by an MSW, NJ Certified School Social Worker.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as low cognitive functioning and behavioral challenges create a complicated student. Social and interpersonal skills, as well as behavioral plans, are incorporated in talk therapy, clinically designed board and card games, as well as iPad apps, developed for developmentally challenged students.
Both individual and group counseling is provided, taking into consideration both the IEP goals and the presenting issues for the student.
Individual counseling provides a safe, private and non-threatening place for students to express, reflect and learn different, more acceptable ways to function in school as well as other areas of their lives, while Group counseling allows the students ongoing hands-on social and peer interaction.
Programs dealing with Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) are presented to classes on a yearly basis as well as on an as-needed basis.
The School Social Worker also interacts with therapists, parents, and clinicians on our UBHC Rutgers staff to better ensure that goals are consistent.