Raymond C. Cramer Elementary School
As one of the longest running programs in Orange-Ulster BOCES, Raymond C. Cramer Elementary School is recognized as a tradition in excellence. It is designed to meet the needs of multiply disabled/developmentally delayed children ages 5 to 13. The staff is dedicated to providing a supportive environment, which is uniquely tailored to encourage each child to reach their highest level of independence. Each day students work on developing activities of daily living, readiness, academics, recreational and pre-vocational skills. Programming is comprehensive and supported by a team approach, which includes teachers, therapists, counselors, nurses, and most importantly, parents.
Students enrolled in these classes benefit from the intensive support provided by additional personnel. The classes address New York State Learning Standards through Alternate Grade Level Indicators, which emphasize functional academics, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Skills, social and recreational skills.
Students in these classes strengthen their sense of touch, sense of balance, and sense of where their body is in space. The sensory classrooms provide an environment that allows for exploration and "ordering" of a child's sensory system. In order to do this, we lotion all of their extremities, we position them on the mats and we give their bodies additional appropriate sensory input through bouncing a ball or swinging in a swing. We limit the amount of extraneous visual and auditory input by having some of the florescent lights covered and by playing calming music in the background such as Mozart. We give the children a sense of awareness that will help them function through the day.
Students in these classes demonstrate emerging independence, but still benefit from the academic and behavioral supports provided by a small class ratio. New York State Learning Standards are met through either Alternate Grade Level Indicators or through core curriculum instruction and assessment.