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Kate Stevens
Program Coordinator
Phone: 781-878-6056 ext. 103
kstevens@nrcollab.org
Location

Whitman Middle School
Whitman, MA 02382
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Summer Program Location: 
Gordon Mitchell Middle School
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Hours

2017-18 Learning Center Calendar
Hours: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Learning Center / Autism and Devlopmental Disabilties Middle School


Serving students with autism, intellectual impairments, and communication impairments

This North River Collaborative (NRC) Learning Center program serves students ages 11 to 16 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual impairments, and communication disorders. Enrollment is open to all students who would benefit from academics presented at his/her instructional level and training in social, behavioral, self-care, leisure, and pre-vocational skills.

Learning Center-1

Students in this classroom are generally functioning at a pre-academic to kindergarten level. They benefit from an eclectic approach that includes components of total communication, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Discrete Trial Training, and Mayer/Johnson picture symbols to complement lessons and aid communication. Academics are taught with an emphasis on building a functional sight word and/or common sign word vocabulary, money, time concepts, schedule, and calendar skills in addition to science and social studies lessons that align to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (2011). Instruction is modified to the students’ instructional levels and is designed to make use of the students’ experiences in real life settings. The students’ day is structured to include specific and individualized training in self-care and pre-vocational skills. Pre-vocational activities may include activities such as running a weekly coffee/muffin shop for the host school staff or making deliveries to the classrooms throughout the building.

An Integrated Related Services Approach is utilized whereby therapists provide direct individual and small group services as written in Individual Education Programs and classroom staff members apply the recommended therapeutic strategies throughout the week in order to enhance learning.

An ABA Behavioral Specialist is an ongoing member of the classroom team. Home/school behavioral support and consult are available and provided through a TEAM approach that utilizes the skills of the specialist most familiar with the area of need, (e.g., the occupational therapist may work with the behavioral specialist and teacher to develop routines for dressing and/or bathing). Additional parent training in ABA for the home is available through the North River Collaborative CARES program when agreed to by the TEAM.

Instruction according to the standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks is provided to students at their instructional level. MCAS assessment is completed by the classroom teacher; typically in the form of an MCAS-Alternate portfolio documenting the student’s progress over the school year.

Other components of the program include:

Staff/Ancillary Services

2:1 student to staff ratio; Special Education Teacher; Teaching Assistants; Speech and Language Pathologist; Occupational Therapist; Physical Therapist; Adapted Physical Education; ABA Specialist/Consultant

  • Supervised and planned inclusion (and reverse inclusion) opportunities with typically developing peers
  • Community field trips to practice skills in less structured settings and enhance learning and generalization of academic concepts
  • Classroom computers with software such as Speaking Dynamically Pro/Boardmaker and Intellitools Classroom Suite and devices such as BigKeys for accessibility
  • Work Systems based on TEACCH strategies
  • Visual supports (objects/photos/icons/written words)
  • Individualized schedule systems
  • Summer program

Learning Center-2

Students in this classroom generally have academic skills in the 1st through 4th grade level with some skills splintering higher or lower for individual students. For example some students are able to decode at a 5th grade level. Students are taught new concepts individually or in small groups. Some of the students are able to work independently on familiar academic tasks. The program makes use of multi-sensory and structured approaches to teach reading (Project READWilsonEdmark, etc.). The program draws upon components of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) within a structured classroom routine to shape behavior. Social skills training is integrated within the school day and individual programs such as social stories and social scripts are created when indicated. Mayer Johnson picture symbols are used to reinforce behavioral and social concepts. The students perform vocational tasks within the school (e.g., cafeteria, office) in order to begin to develop work skills and explore interests.

An Integrated Related Services Approach is utilized whereby therapists provide direct individual and small group services as written in Individual Education Programs and classroom staff applies the recommended therapeutic strategies throughout the week in order to enhance learning.

An ABA Behavioral Specialist is an ongoing member of the classroom team. Home/school behavioral support and consult are available and provided through a TEAM approach that utilizes the skills of the specialist most familiar with the area of need, (e.g., the occupational therapist may work with the behavioral specialist and teacher to develop routines for dressing and/or bathing). Additional parent training in ABA for the home is available through the North River Collaborative CARES program when agreed to by the TEAM.

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-Alternate documenting the student’s progress over the school year.

Other components of the program include:


Staff/Ancillary Services

3:1 or 4:1 student to staff ratio, Special Education Teacher, Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Adapted Physical Education; ABA Specialist/Consultant
 

  •  Supervised and planned inclusion (and reverse inclusion) opportunities with typically developing peers
  • Community field trips to practice skills in less structured settings and enhance learning and generalization of academic concepts
  • Classroom computers with software such as Speaking Dynamically Pro/Boardmaker and Intellitools Classroom Suite and devices such as BigKeys for accessibility;
  • Work Systems based on TEACCH strategies
  • Visual supports (objects/photos/icons/written words)
  • Individualized schedule systems
  • Summer program
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