As part of our ongoing series on visiting APSs in our region, I’d like to tell you about our visit to the Timothy School in Berwyn. My standard disclaimer:
**Please keep in mind, that these opinions are my own, and as a mom. My son’s diagnosis, skills, abilities and personality are certainly unique to him. While it’s always good to gather different opinions, you owe it to your child to visit the facility yourself and make your own call.
What I liked: The staff was very friendly and seemed very knowledgeable. Even though it is an older building, it felt more new and modern. The class sizes were small and appeared to have decent ratios. The therapists I met seemed knowledgable and the entire staff seemed to really be engaged.
What did not appeal to me: It’s important to note that the Timothy School bills itself as an “autism school” and your child must have some type of autism disorder as their primary diagnosis. My son does not really fit into this category as he is multiple disabilities. There are many services that he needs that are not offered at this school-PT, feeding program, vision, O&M. As a real private school, they do not have to offer these services. And while they have a cafeteria where the kids eat lunch, no food is prepared on site. All lunches must be packed. Their student population is over 90% male, which I think is a consideration for those with daughters.
I think that the Timothy School may be the right placement for the right child, just not mine. It’s not set up to be a multiple disabilities school, which is what we need.