You can reach the Ida Sue School by phone at (330)  345-7251.

Pre-School

Currently in the Early Intervention Program, more than 45 infants and toddlers who have been determined eligible are receiving individualized services. The programs are developed based on the individual needs of each child and his or her family. The parents/guardians provide transportation which is reimbursable. Services are free of charge. Ida Sue School's Early Childhood Program is partnered with the Help Me Grow Program of Wayne County.

Since the early 1960's, the Ida Sue School has provided services for children in Wayne County ages birth through 5 years through the Early Intervention Program, Pre-School Program, and the Ida School.


Early Intervention Programs


The Wayne County Board of Developmental Disabilities began the operation of the Early Intervention program in 1974 providing services for children, birth to age two, with disabilities and developmental delays.A child with medical diagnoses known to result in a developmental delay or having a medical condition that has a high probability of resulting in a delay may be eligible for services. Physicians, community agencies serving young children and parents who have a concern for the child's development refer children for early intervention services.

The early intervention team meets with parents and assesses the child to determine eligibility. The team may consist of the Speech Pathologist, Early Intervention Specialist, and Occupational and P hysical Therapists.Early intervention services are provided at the Gault family Learning Center or in the home. Services may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and educational services, individually or in small groups. The frequency of service varies from once a month to twice a week depending on the needs of the child, priorities and interest of the family.

Children enrolled in the program may receive center-based or in-home services, which may include:

Parents are encouraged to participate and learn the activities so they can use them in the home.The emphasis is to support and empower families to participate in their child's development and learning. A parent is the child's first and most important teacher.

The Early Intervention Specialist can help the parent locate a physician and other medical service providers, apply for BCMH (Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps), if appropriate, discuss nutrition, discuss infant care, locate child care, locate infant stimulation programming and know of available financial resources to assist the family with expenses.

Information about the Early Intervention Program may be obtained by calling Ida Sue School Early Intervention Coordinator at 330-263-8923.

Pre-School Programs

The Ida Sue Preschool Program began in 1973 providing services. A child with medical diagnoses known to result in a developmental delay or having a medical condition that has a high probability of resulting in a delay may be eligible for services to children ages 3-5 years. The program consists of a two-day class, a three-day class and a five-day class from operating from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each class has 8 children with identified disabilities and 4 typically developing children. Teachers and assistants are responsible for developing individual instruction for each child in cooperation with support personnel. The children identified with a disability have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that is formulated by the team of parents, teachers, therapists, specialists, and school district personnel. These plans are reviewed at least annually. Parent/Teacher conferences are held once a year in the fall to review the progress of the children. On the fourth Friday of each month, the preschoolers do not attend classes. The staff make home visits, collaborate, attend in-services, hold IEP meetings and do assessments on these days.

Through active and quiet play, the children acquire knowledge, problem-solving strategies, initiatives, and new skills. Developmentally appropriate practices, those that are both age appropriate and individually appropriate, are utilized in teaching. Through regular contact with the families via conferences and written reports, skills are effectively transferred from the school setting to the home setting. Parental participation is incorporated through classroom visits, educational materials, family social interaction, informational meetings, home visits, and program planning consultation.

Children enrolled in the program may receive services in the following areas:

Information about the preschool program may be obtained by calling Ida Sue School at 330-345-7251. .

Ida Sue School

The Ida Sue School program for the school-age students began in 1955. The first school building was built in 1962.Children identified with multiple disabilities need to be registered in their home school districts, and then, as an option, through the team process, can be placed at the Ida Sue School. Each student is on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that is reviewed at least annually. Teachers and assistants are responsible for developing individual instruction for each child in cooperation with support personnel. The IEPs are developed by a team consisting of parents, teachers, therapists, specialists, and school district personnel. Parent/Teacher conferences are held once a year in the fall to review the progress of the children.

The school-age classrooms are self-contained rooms staffed by teachers and assistants who offer specialized instruction. The school has three primary level classrooms, two intermediate level classrooms, and three high school level classrooms. The high school classes include a daily living skills section, a vocational section, and a transitional section. The students enrolled at the Ida Sue School may receive services in the following areas:

Upon completion of their educational experience, students graduate and employment alternatives are provided.

Information about the school-age program may be obtained by calling Ida Sue School at 330-345-7251.