Kate Stevens
Program Coordinator
Phone: 781-878-6056 ext. 103

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Learning Center / Autism and Developmental Disabilities High School

The Learning Center High School program serves students between ages 14 to 22 with moderate to severe cognitive impairments which may include: autism, intellectual impairments, and/or communication disorders. Planning for transition to adult services is a key element of the program and considered in all instructional programming. Enrollment is open to all students who would benefit from instruction in academics, social, behavioral, self-care, leisure, and vocational skills. 

Students in the program benefit from an eclectic approach that includes: 

  • Academics individually designed and taught including, but not limited to, multi-sensory and structured approaches to teach functional reading skills, build sight word and common sign vocabulary; functional math skills such as money (ranging from identification of currency to banking skills), time concepts, schedule, and calendar skills.

  • Social Skills are taught through direct instruction and small group experiences throughout the school day. Social scripting and/or social stories are created when indicated.

  • Activities of Daily Living/Vocational Skills: the students’ day is structured to include specific and individualized instruction in self-care skills including hygiene, following a schedule, and housekeeping tasks. The curriculum includes review o functional life skills (cooking, shopping, housekeeping), health (hygiene, dental care), assembly and/or sequencing tasks.Vocational Training: practice is individually planned and may range from basic assembly and sorting work done in the classroom to community experience. 

  • Community field trips: scheduled weekly in order to practice skills (social, money, communication, travel training) taught in the classroom in real world settings. Travel training/Community Safety: includes training in safe mobility within the school environment and surrounding community (crossing streets).

  • Leisure Activities explored with emphasis on student participation in a wide variety of activities to develop a repertoire of leisure choices.
Instruction according to the standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (2011) is provided to students at their instructional level. MCAS assessment is completed by the classroom teacher; typically in the form of an MCAS-Alt portfolio documenting the student’s progress over the school year. Instructional methodology and curriculum tools that are used include, but are not limited to Unique Learning System, Edmark, Project READ, TEACCH, Discrete Trial Teaching, and Touch Math.

Summer programming is offered to continue vocational and/or academic skills to prevent substantial regression.
Classroom computers utilize educationally relevant software (Co-Writer, Write Out Loud, Classroom Suite, Clicker Five etc.) as well as software that supports programmatic/communication needs (Boardmaker, Speaking Dynamically Pro, Writing with Symbols). Low to high tech adaptive devices are available to provide access to the curriculum.

Staff/Ancillary Services

Teacher with moderate or severe special needs licensure

  • Teaching assistant(s)
  • Job Coaches through NRC Community Work Program (for students age 16)
  • Speech/language, occupational and physical therapists 
  • Adapted Physical Education, Instructor or Teacher 
  • ABA Specialist/Consultant
198 Spring Street Rockland, MA 02370 - Phone: 781-878-6056 Fax: 781-982-9787
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