Art Education

Welcome to ELBS! This month we will highlight Art Education within our school — also known as Art on a Cart!

The goal of art education is to focus on individual talents, abilities and interests of our students.  Communication, whether it is verbal or through a simple or sophisticated device, is key in our art process.

The next step, a collaborative art experience, encourages sharing, patience, communication and the sense of accomplishing objectives as a team.

1:1 time with selected students provides the opportunity to develop art at his/her pace. Students’ artwork finds itself in various shows, including the Barber National Institute Art show that will be held in April; shows at the Women’s Club of Erie and the Kennedy Center for Very Special Arts; as well as in calendars and on the walls of our own school and offices.

We have great fun in art class hearing what our students have to say:

“I just love everything about it! I like to be creative!”

Sam J.

“I like art with Mr. Dave because I think that he does cool art and I’m a good artist and he helps my artist skills.”

Logan Z.

School-Based Physical Therapy Services

School-based PT Services:

The Elizabeth Lee Black School’s physical therapists support the student and classroom staff within the school learning environment.  Physical therapists work closely with the classroom staff for training and to monitor classroom positioning and gross motor programs.  They provide adapted equipment such as specialized seating, supportive standers and gait trainers to help students function within their daily school routines.  Physical therapy interventions focus on achieving gross motor goals that are established as part of the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  These interventions may include mobility training, balance and coordination activities, developmental skill activities, therapeutic handling, therapeutic positioning and adaptation of the environment.

  • School-based Physical Therapy (PT) services are provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as a related service with the intent “to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education” (IDEA 300.34). 
  • School-based PTs use a multi-disciplinary team approach.  Goals are written as an educational goal and are discipline-free (functional and measurable).
  • PT services are driven by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and are based on student need to enhance their performance within the educational program.
  • PT services focus on maximizing each individual’s potential for independence within the educational environment.  PT interventions may include functional mobility training, balance and coordination activities, developmental skill activities, therapeutic handling, therapeutic positioning, and adaptation of the environment.
  • Physical therapists often use or prescribe specially adapted seating, standing, gait and mobility equipment to support the student’s educational program.

We have great fun in school-based physical therapy at the Elizabeth Lee Black School- take a look!

About the Elizabeth Lee Black School

Welcome to the Elizabeth Lee Black School, an approved private school for students ages 3 through 21 with autism, intellectual disabilities and multiple challenges. Students from 23 area school districts throughout northwestern Pennsylvania attend classes in Erie, PA.

The Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute is named to honor the memory of an Erie girl challenged by debilitating illness. Elizabeth, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel (Irene) Black, Jr., was born June 25, 1945. She passed away at the age of twelve from complications due to spina bifida. Her life was a testament to the love of family and hope for all children.

The Elizabeth Lee Black School was established September 16, 2002 and named in honor of an Erie girl challenged by debilitating illness.
Dr. Gertrude A. Barber, founder, and Elizabeth Lee Black

We believe that all children have the right to an education that challenges their capacity to learn utilizing scientifically-based behavior analytical approaches and other state-of-the-art educational strategies delivered in a positive, nurturing environment.

Educational programs at the school include:

Education programs at the Elizabeth Lee Black School include Autism Support

Our school is specially designed to provide a highly structured classroom environment that allows children with disabilities to develop to their fullest. Each day, students participate in educational activities presented within a very predictable routine, providing them the needed support to confidently practice new skills. Each student’s IEP directs their learning experiences, which integrate a variety of activities throughout the school day to address their academic, behavioral, and therapeutic needs.

Technology in the classroom

Services provided include:

  • Adapted playground
  • Advanced technology including iPads in every classroom
  • Behavioral services
  • Community-based instruction
  • Inclusion programming
  • Gym, pool, fitness, and art classes
  • Job skills/vocational training in laundry, deliveries, etc.
  • Library/media services
  • On-site nurses
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Psychological and psychiatric support