Students must demonstrate a chronic history of emotional problems
across home, school and community settings. Maladaptive, inappropriate
behaviors may include:
Resistance to Authority
Outbursts of verbal and/or physical aggression
Inability to control oneself verbally
have a permanent residence.
It is important to note that the BSP Program is not a treatment
center and is not equipped to address the following:
Active risk of suicide
Imminent risk of serious violence to others
Behaviors resultant of severe or profound retardation
Students requiring long term custodial care or full time placement
outside the home
Students who are actively psychotic
The primary mission of the
Behavioral Support Program (BSP) at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf is to
provide education in a setting that addresses the social, cultural,
psychological needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students with emotional
disturbance. BSP is a highly structured educational program featuring a direct communication environment and a
curriculum that meets the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum
Programming is available for students from elementary through high
school including a residential component.
Residential placement is strongly encouraged to provide the students with
continuity in the implementation of their individual behavior plan,
however, it is not required. The low student to adult ratio of the BSP
staff allows individualized instruction that addresses the unique
learning styles of the students. Individual and group counseling services
are provided as well as psychiatric and medical consultation. Parent or
guardian participation is required.
The ultimate goal of the
BSP Program is to return the students to regular programming in the
Katzenbach School or to a placement determined at the Individualized
Education Program (IEP) meeting. The BSP Program
follows Katzenbach Schoolís 10-month school calendar. Tuition cost to
school districts varies and is determined by day or residential
programming, with an additional charge for students enrolled by school
districts outside the State of New Jersey.
To provide educational and support services in NJ for Deaf or
Hard-of-Hearing students with emotional disturbance.
To eliminate emotional and behavioral problems which
interfere with social and educational development.
To provide consistent behavioral systems with clearly defined goals and
To achieve the goals and objectives as outlined in the studentís
Individual Education Program (IEP).
To facilitate the establishment of support systems in the studentís
To return the student to the Katzenbach Schoolís regular program or
that of his/her home community.