The Amanda Sham Resource Center for Children with Special Needs is designed to provide educational services to children with learning differences. Through this regionally acclaimed program, children receive the support necessary to allow them to participate fully in our religious school. We are very proud at Beth Am to be able to provide a Jewish education for EVERY child and that we are able to support the family through this process as well. Our center utilizes experiential programs and cutting-edge technology to aid in the learning process. All of our Special Needs teachers have extensive experience in Resource Room education.
The Resource Center honors one of our own congregants, Amanda Sham, who, with the support of excellent teachers and the synagogue community, was able to receive a full and meaningful Jewish education here at Beth Am. We operate on the ideals that “each child is taught according to his/her ability.” (Proverbs 22:6).
We begin the process with a student profile which enables each parent to give us the necessary information. The primary religious school teachers work with the Resource Center teachers, the parents and Principal, using information from the child’s IEP (individual educational plan) from the public school. An individual plan is created for each child which may include: “pull-out plug-in or both.” Working together, the team helps the child learn to the best of their ability and in the way that best suits them.
Once the child reaches the age of preparation for B’nai Mitzvah, a team meeting is planned with the Rabbi, Cantor, parents, Resource Center teacher(s) and Principal. An individualized plan is put in place for the child’s B’nai Mitzvah training.
For more information about the Amanda Sham Resource Center for Children with Special Needs, contact the Religious School Office at 215-886-6030.