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Stepping Stones

The goal of the Stepping Stones program is to help children thrive at the elementary school, become confident learners, improve attendance, and participate in all of the classes and activities alongside their peers.The Stepping Stones program serves students who struggle to function in our school community and in the classroom. Stepping Stones supports those students so that they attend on a regular basis and can grow socially, emotionally, and academically and eventually function at grade level and enjoy school. In the Stepping Stones program, therapists, teachers, and behavior specialists work in partnership with students and their parents to support student growth and development. These efforts help students avoid suspension or expulsion by offering an alternative setting as needed. Additionally, parents can learn valuable skills in how to deal with a struggling child as they attend family sessions with the Stepping Stones therapist Dave Nasralla. 



Stepping Stones is staffed by Dave Nasralla, the Family Liaison/Program Therapist and also by Alissa Zissman, the Family Liaison/Program Teacher. Stepping Stones staff members support students in their classrooms, at recesses, at lunch, and on class trips. The staff leads regular Stepping Stones field trips that are both service-learning and experiential-learning trips. These trips are meant to challenge students, broaden their social skills, and strengthen emotional health while broadening their academic worldview. Our staff teaches students to regulate their emotions, how to relate to others in a healthy way, and how to overcome academic challenges. With these supports, most students can eventually enjoy school and access their educational needs.