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Act 66: Allowing students to stay an additional year

Governor Tom Wolfe signed Act 66 of 2021 into law on June 30, 2021. Act 66 allows students in Special Education who were enrolled during the 20-21 school year and have “aged-out” of school (by either turning 21 during the 20-21 … Continue reading

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Research Updates

Each month, I provide updates on some of the latest research I have found relevant to us. Read on! Brain structures grow differently in boys, men with autism From childhood to adulthood, there is a notable difference in brain development … Continue reading

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The Importance of High-Quality Preschool Education

The Barber National Institute has been offering the Pre-K Counts program for fourteen years in Erie and Corry. The program is designed for children three to five years of age who may be considered “at-risk” because of the family’s economic, language, … Continue reading

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Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer at BNI!

Some people think of the lazy days of summer, but at the Barber National Institute, we’re actually busier than ever! Over the years, we have initiated a number of programs to ensure that children have both educational and recreational opportunities … Continue reading

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Graduation 2021

Today is graduation.  Traditionally, we have a large graduation class and of course, an audience.  This year, we have twenty-seven children graduating from Happy Hearts and Early Intervention, twelve from Pre-K Counts, and thirteen from High School. Last year, we … Continue reading

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The 2020-2021 School Year in Review

As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, I began thinking… When the year started, some children were remote, while others were hybrid, attending two or three days a week.  The students and staff remained in their “pods,” or … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness Month Guest Blog, by Maria Brown

I asked Maria Brown, M.S., BCBA, who is a Behavior Analyst at BNI to write this guest blog for Mental Health Awareness Month. I thought she would have invaluable input! -Maureen The Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National … Continue reading

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A Collaboration between General McLane School District and the Barber National Institute

Two years ago, the Barber National Institute (BNI) began a collaboration with the General McLane School District opening a Life Skills classroom within Parker Middle School for children with Autism and/or behavior challenges. It was our first venture into offering … Continue reading

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Celebrating Nurse Appreciation Week

Nurses have always played an important role in my life. My grandfather was the first male nurse at St. Vincent Hospital, and went on to become a physician. My Aunt Marion (Dr. Barber’s sister) was the Director of Nursing by … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

As I was planning my blog for Mother’s Day, I thought, “Why don’t I ask for Ryan’s input?” Last night, while he was having dessert, I asked the question, “Tell me about your mom.” The following are his (unedited) responses: … Continue reading

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