Philosophy & Methodology

From the CEO: Why I Choose to Believe in Hope

By HABEEBAH R. GRIMES About 20 years ago, I sat in a circle during one of my first group meetings at PEP Eastwood. As a newly hired one-on-one aide, I listened intently to the children discuss what had happened in their lives the day prior. One student’s story from the previous evening resonated deeply with
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News

PEP Now Offers Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT)

Young people struggling with severe mental health issues are often unable to remain safely in their homes. To ensure that more families stay together, PEP Connections now offers Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT). This all-inclusive service engages entire families to help these youth thrive at school, home and in the community. What does IHBT look like?
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Philosophy & Methodology

Nearly a Half Century of Strengthening Minds With Heart

Positive Education Program’s founding nearly half a century ago by Dr. Rico Pallotta – a local educator known for his work with children with special needs – can be traced to a quest for values. If he were to launch an organization that served the region’s most challenging students and their families, Pallotta felt it
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Philosophy & Methodology

At PEP, Movement Matters

Too often, society’s response to children with special needs is to isolate them from physical and social activities – a reaction that research shows could ultimately hinder healthy social-emotional development. Take running and football – physical activities typically not afforded to young people with complex developmental disabilities, autism, emotional regulation challenges or other mental health
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