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A private school similar to Howe's was also started in New York in 1848 under the direction of Hervey B. Wilbur . Wilbur started the school in his own home and instructed his students according to Seguin's teaching methods. Soon, a number of boarding schools for children with disabilities opened on the East Coast.

In 1852 a school for "feeble-minded youth" opened in Germantown, Pennsylvania; another opened in Albany, New York in 1855; and another in Columbus, Ohio in 1857. Training schools were considered an educational success, offering hope to many families with children with disabilities.

During this time, and before the training schools became large institutions, school superintendents had a strong educational focus. Following Seguin's teaching methods, pupils would receive physical training to improve their motor and sensory skills, basic academic training, and instruction in social and self-help skills.

Early School
Early School