Unique Programs

Block Institute is pleased to offer several unique programs that enable us to enhance the educational, developmental and therapeutic services we provide to children with special needs from ages three through eight years and adults with developmental disabilities who are over age 18

  • Aquatics

    Trained therapists and staff work with our youth population in our Aquatic Center, which is equipped with a heated, fully accessible swimming pool. Additionally, the center provides recreational swimming opportunities for adults, ensuring a pleasant and enjoyable environment for individuals we support.

  • Pals with Paws

    Pet Assisted Therapy — Introduced in 2009, Block Institute's unique Pals with Paws Pet Assisted Therapy Program integrates specially trained dogs into the Block experience. Working alongside trained and certified pet therapy handlers, these dogs are used in educational and therapeutic capacities with both children and adults. They are a vital part of group settings and one-on-one interactions, enhancing the learning and therapeutic environment. In addition to being integrated into our adult programs, where they help individuals learn the responsibilities of animal care, the Pals with Paws program also serves as a platform for speech, fine motor, and social skills development, offering a comprehensive approach to therapy and learning.