NECC Day Programs
NECC has three day services programs that serve children diagnosed with autism or PDD ages 14 months to 22 years. All programs are full year, 226 days per year. Most of the students in the day services programs reside within one hour of the central school building. Using a combination of discrete trials and incidental learning opportunities, the day services curriculum focuses on communication, academic, social, play and self-help skills. Guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), teachers help young children acquire the skills they need in order to learn naturally from their environments, as typical children do.
For children as young as 14 months, our intensive home-based program provides 16-30 hours a week of one:to:one instruction to the child in his/her own home from a NECC teacher. To ensure close supervision and consistency in each child's program, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) supervisors regularly observe the child and the teacher in the home, and meet with the parents monthly in the home or at the central school building. The home-based program provides year-round services, primarily to children within 40 to 50 minutes of NECC's Southborough campus. Children aged 14 months to 3 years are placed in the program by referrals from their local Early Intervention Program. NECC is approved by the Department of Public Health as a Specialty Service Provider and works closely with Early Intervention Programs to coordinate services. Parental involvement in the instruction process is required and is an integral part of the program. With the support of teachers, parents will learn the skills they need to help further their child's development through generalization of the child's response to others in the family and across different settings. The goal of the home-based program is to move children into typical preschool settings at age 3.
Intensive Instruction Program
For children ages 3-22, this program offers 30 hours per week of 1:1 instruction in preschool, elementary, and middle/high school age classrooms. School is in session from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday - Friday. All classrooms offer two hours per week of home training, on-site supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts and monthly clinics at the central school building. Clinic time is designed to discuss each child's progress, review program modifications and discuss recommendations for the future.
- Preschool classrooms - Communication, pre-academic, social, play and self-help skills are the main focus of the intensive training for children ages 3-7. The preschool curriculum follows a developmental progression and is taught using a combination of discrete trials and natural learning opportunities. As children show progress in acquiring and developing their social skills, they are systematically introduced to activities involving typical peer interaction. An on-site typical child preschool is available for integration opportunities. The goal of the preschool classrooms is to move children into typical elementary classroom settings in their local school districts
- Elementary classrooms - Designed for children ages 7-12, elementary classrooms can provide a continuum of services to those children who have aged out of the preschool classrooms and would benefit from additional intensive services in all curriculum areas. More typical academic classes are introduced, with the ultimate goal of moving students to typical middle school classrooms. Parents, teachers, and school systems work towards integrating the child with their local district whenever possible. Integration begins with just a few hours per week, accompanied by an NECC teacher.
- Middle/High School-age classrooms - Serving students age 12-22, the curriculum makes a natural shift from academics to functional life skills and vocational training. The vocational component is based on a supported employment model, with an emphasis on community jobs and volunteer positions. In order to better prepare students for the transition to adult services, greater emphasis is paid to increased group instruction. Group instruction provides opportunities for observational learning, and prepares our students for learning in less restrictive settings as they grow older.
Generally serving students age 15 and older, the Day Program provides instruction in communication, self-help, social, leisure, functional life skills, and vocational training in a 1:2 staff:to:student ratio. Students in the Day Program must possess the prerequisite skills to learn successfully in small groups.