"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops" – Henry Adams
The Education Program serves special education students 5 – 22 years of age and operates at three campus sites in San Diego. The program serves students with developmental disabilities such as autism as well as students with emotional disorders and behavioral concerns.
Individualized education and behavior programs are developed for each student to meet their specific needs. An intensive student to staff ratio is used, involving special education teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, counselors, psychologists and other aide level staff. Both academic and community-based functional curriculum options are available. Vocational training and transition services are provided to secondary level students. Consultation with a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist is available as well.
The programs are certified by the California Department of Education as Non-Public Schools (NPS) for Special Education. Referrals are made by school districts that contract for the special education services or private pay can be arranged. Districts responsible for the student’s funding also provide school transportation.
Patrick first came to Stein Education Centers in 1995, when he was referred by his local school district for a specialized behavior program. Diagnosed with Autism, Patrick’s behaviors were very aggressive and unpredictable. Changes in his environment and routines would result in his biting, punching and scratching anyone nearby. Click here to learn more about Patrick.
Recreation Program - Main Campus
The Recreation Program is an after-school socialization resource for participants with developmental disabilities who are between the ages of 3 and 17. The services are designed to develop acceptable behaviors through leisure time activities, recreation, and socialization skills appropriate to the person’s age and functioning level. Programs are licensed by the Department of Social Services. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking groups, table games, music, field trips and adapted physical education. The program operates Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 6:00 PM. Participants are referred and primarily funded by the San Diego Regional Center. Admission is open to individuals who are ineligible for service by other day care or after school programs due to disability conditions or behavior problems.
I learned a lot while in the Recreation Program. I learned to ride a bike, how to play appropriately with my peers (share, take turns). I also learned about being safe in the community. How to cross streets safely and most importantly I’ve gained a good understanding of stranger awareness. I used to be overly friendly with everyone, and now I know I can’t just approach people and talk to them. Click here to learn more about Jon.
The Adult Education Program is classified as a Behavior Management Day Program. It is designed to serve developmentally disabled individuals with challenging behavioral issues requiring an intensive level of support. The Employment Opportunities Program serves consumers who can benefit from training in community integrated environments with a less intensive staff ratio. Both programs serve adults from 18 to 64 years of age.
After being admitted to Stein Education Center, Ronald enrolled in and successfully completed a 12-week course designed by our job developer, Sylvia Blansett. Sylvia worked intensively with Ronald for several weeks to find him an appropriate placement at Holiday Inn where he has been successfully employed for nearly two years. Click here to learn more about Ron.
Each consumer has a behavior management plan designed to increase socially appropriate behaviors that will allow the individual to participate in a program with a lower staff to consumer ratio. The program emphasis is on employment skill development, and community skill training. A minimum of eighty percent of the instructional day is spent in community environments. Referrals are through the San Diego Regional Center and funded by the same agency. Programs are licensed by the Department of Social Services.