Our program goals are simple. We aim to pair our students’ interests with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) activity they love. While engaged in the fun, stimulating experience, we are able to teach our students appropriate social and leadership skills that fosters a healthy self-esteem in an *INCLUSIVE environment (*children with special needs work alongside their typically developing peers [role models] in an organized, structured environment learning, growing and playing together). Our ultimate goal is to provide ALL our students with the skills and resources to help them achieve social-emotional and academic triumphs that will filter into all areas of their life.
Schools across the United States are attempting to address the social-emotional needs of their students. With much of the focus revolving around the Core Curriculum, there is an unintended void in programs that address the social-emotional development of our children. Children need to be socially and emotionally confident in order to achieve academic success. Many experts including Dr. Michelle A. Dunn, Director at Montefiore-Einstein Center for Autism and Communications Disorders, believe children need substantially more social skills training than that which is offered in traditional public schools. There is clearly a need for more programs that support “experiential learning” and address the social emotional development of children who are differently abled. “Research underlying social and emotional development and learning (SEDL) suggests that a child who is anxious, afraid, preoccupied, depressed, or alienated is a child whose courage or ability to learn is impaired” excerpt from “The Other Kind of Smart”, article by Drake Bennett published in the Boston Globe.
What Makes Us Different?
- We are the first organization in Westchester County to incorporate social and leadership skills with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
- Our ES2TEAM Empowerment program piggybacks on the STEAM concept, however, it incorporates Esteem Building and Social Skills into the equation (Esteem building, Social Skills, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). By using “high interest” STEAM activities in creative and fun ways, students will gain a better understanding of their core subjects and stimulate life long interests.
- Students in the program will benefit from experiential learning. Many of the classes use manipulatives such as robots, Legos and technology to engage, motivate and explore “hands on” learning.
- TAVTEC employs a high student to teacher ratio. Our team includes experienced, professionally trained teachers who work to assist students in their social-emotional, leadership and STEAM development.
- TAVTEC is the first organization in Westchester County to utilize an inclusive STEAM model to help children grow socially and emotionally.
ES2TEAM Empowerment Program
ES2TEAM Empowerment piggybacks on the STEAM concept, however, it incorporates Esteem Building and Social Skills into the equation (Esteem building, Social Skills, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). ES2TEAM consists of enrichment programs that focus on developing social skills, a healthy self-esteem and leadership qualities through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). By using “high interest” STEAM activities in creative and fun ways, students will gain a better understanding of their core subjects and stimulate possible career interests.
Experiential learning is a key component in our program. We encourage students to learn through exploration, discovery and their experiences. Many of the classes use STEAM concepts and manipulatives such as Legos, robots and technology to engage, motivate and explore “hands on” learning.
Lessons can be customized to blend with the core curriculum and create a seamless program.
Who will benefit from the program?
High functioning children with special needs, typically developing children and gifted students who are interested in ES2TEAM Empowerment or leadership will benefit from the program.
Benefits for children with special needs:
Improved social, leadership and behavior skills, increased achievement of IEP goals, enhanced skill acquisition and generalization, typical peer role models, greater opportunities for interactions/relationships with typical peers that can transition into the lunchroom, playground and play dates, opportunity to develop friendship(s) in a fun, engaging environment, increased inclusion in future environments and an improved ability to follow directions and work as a team player to achieve a common goal. Students will be enriched from exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Benefits for typically developing or gifted and talented students:
Leadership development (opportunities to enhance leadership qualities by modeling appropriate skills for their peers), ES2TEAM Empowerment, increased understanding and acceptance of diversity, more awareness, appreciation and acceptance of individual differences, decreases the likelihood of typically developing student or “gifted student” becoming a bully, respect for all people, improved social and behavior skills, improved ability to follow directions and work as a team player to achieve a common goal, prepares all students for adult life in an inclusive, diverse high tech society. Students will be enriched from exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.