Special Education Services
As a non-profit educational service agency, West Bay is able to provide individualized, group, or system-wide programs and related services, usually at a significant cost savings to our clients. For example, we currently provide Physical Therapy services to the Cranston Public Schools, where our licensed staff provide outstanding individual therapy to students, and also train building staff on issues related to their students’ needs.
As an organization that works extensively with students at risk, we train our own staff in a variety of de-escalation and crisis prevention techniques; as a result we are frequently asked to provide temporary or full-year Behavioral Assistants to districts dealing with disruptive students. To date, we have provided this assistance in Cranston, Warwick, West Warwick, Foster, Glocester, North Kingstown, East Greenwich and the RI School for the Deaf, and anticipate additional requests as the school year progresses. Often, a short-term one-to-one assistant of this sort is all a student needs to become settled into a new environment and learn some more appropriate behaviors, thus saving the district the significant costs of private therapeutic placements. Our certified special education teachers and administrators are also available to observe problematic situations, and advise on possible solutions.
West Bay is able to work closely with a district, school or family to design a program that meets the specific needs of an individual student, or a group of students, served in an off-site or in-district setting, and we enjoy the challenge of designing and maintaining innovative programs and services.
Please contact Executive Director, Karen Ostroff, to discuss your district’s current and future needs.
West Bay Collaborative is pleased to introduce our new staff member, SAMUEL DONOVAN, a nationally certified and Rhode Island licensed MUSIC THERAPIST.
A recent graduate of Montclair State University in New Jersey, Mr. Donovan has provided music therapy to children and adults in New Jersey and Connecticut, and is also a talented musician, performing with instrumental and vocal groups.
Having relocated to Rhode Island, he is now available to schools and other organizations, and may be contracted to provide assessments, evaluations, and direct music therapy services to individuals and/or small groups.
For further information, please contact:
Karen G. Ostroff, Executive Director
Phone: 401.941.8353 Ext. 102