Local school gives recognition to innovative therapist
April 12, 2013 by Mark
The ECLC School of New Jersey in Hohokus recently announced that Sharon Luberto, who is the therapist at the school, was given the Related Services Provider of the Year award for 2012, which is sponsored by the Association of Schools and Agencies for the Handicapped. She was honored at a recent luncheon along with her colleagues Russ Bargiel and Sandy Weschler.
Luberto’s passion for therapy began at an early age when she was able to play with the daughter of Phoebe Snow, who was severely physically and mentally disabled and under the care of her mother. Luberto began working at the ECLC 15 years ago and has been involved in helping students with autism, Down syndrome and complex learning, and multiple disabilities. She helps them in various ways, such as improving their coordination and balance, visually tracking words on a page, and helping them to get up and down the stairs in the school so they can get to class.
Her creative and innovation approaches to helping students led to her selection for the award. She also says that her colleagues at the school have enabled her to be successful. Their support, and that of the principal who believes in keeping everyone on the cutting edge, has encouraged teachers to be pioneers and try new approaches to teaching, so that one feels as if they are the first in their field.