The Rise School of Houston provides specialized early childhood education services to children with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities (and also to children without disabilities, who represent about 30% of the 96 children enrolled). The school’s curriculum is designed to foster children’s self-esteem, confidence, independence and curiosity and aims to support children in their current environment as well as prepare them for mainstream kindergartens. Services are designed around an individualized intervention plan with goals and outcomes based on the family’s concerns, priorities and resources; the child’s strengths and needs; and expectations of the next environment.
In addition to donating the facility that housed the Rise School for its first 10 years, Texas Children’s invested in professional resources (OT/PT and Speech) for the education of parents, educators and administrators relating to the development and needs of young children, including those with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.
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