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Waldwick Students On Autism Spectrum Develop Independence At Ramapo

Professor Julie Norflus-Good observes  Ramapo College students work with a student from The Forum School.
Professor Julie Norflus-Good observes Ramapo College students work with a student from The Forum School. Photo Credit: Ramapo College of New Jersey

WALDWICK, N.J. – Students from The Forum School in Waldwick, which educates developmentally atypical children, have been visiting Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Each week, the students head to the Mahwah campus to spend time with college students studying to become teachers. Together, they do things like cook, work on homework, and eat lunch in the cafeteria.

The initiative was established to improve transition services for Forum School students and also prepare future teachers to work with students on the autism spectrum.

“Today’s classrooms are diverse, and I believe all students need as much hands-on learning as they can get,” said Professor Julie Norflus-Good, director of the college’s Master of Arts in Special Education program.

“Not only do my students benefit, but The Forum School students have developed confidence, independence, problem-solving and new social skills,” she said.

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