FAQ for Families

In this section, members of the Family Services Department answer general questions about NECC® asked by parents of NECC students.

Do you offer any Sibling Support Groups?

A Sibling Support Group is offered every winter as a 5-week series of two-hour sessions for siblings aged 5-9. The staff members that make up the group are comprised of NECC teachers from across the program on a voluntary basis. The group is designed to offer a structured environment for the siblings of our students to gain a better understanding of their sibling’s disability by means of discussion and special activities. For more information or details on how to register your child, families can contact the Family Services Department at 508-481-1015.

Can I visit the residence?

Yes, but keep in mind that in a group living situation we must balance the right of parents to visit their own child with the right of other students to privacy. In addition, the residence is an active place where maintaining a schedule is an important part of meeting our students’ needs. We ask all parents to be aware of these considerations. Our goal is to provide a safe, predictable and welcoming environment. Staff must be able to anticipate student departures and arrivals. Visits should be confirmed with program specialists no fewer than 48 hours in advance.

When are school vacation weeks scheduled?

At the beginning of the fiscal school year, all families receive a copy of the holiday and vacation calendar. Five vacation weeks are recognized through the year. However, the NECC residential program is open 365 days per year and operates on a typical schedule during these vacation weeks.

  • Early Winter: Between Christmas and New Year holiday Late Winter:
  • February (usually around President’s Day)
  • Spring: April (usually around Patriot’s Day)
  • Summer: End of June/beginning July (around July Fourth)
  • End of Summer: Latter part/end of August

There are also long weekends on Thanksgiving (extending from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening) and Memorial Day.

How is a child's residence or classroom placement decided?

When a student enters our program we attempt to match the student according to skills, appropriate age and peer groups.

Student transfers between teams within the school is the gradual changing nature of each team over time. Our students typically stay at NECC for at least 2 years or more. During this time, they, of course, grow and mature as they learn new skills. Other students may graduate or move to other teams and new students come into the program. These predictable changes may lead to a point at which we decide that a student is ready to move to another team. When this decision is made, it is with parent involvement.

In cases when students transfer between teams, careful transitions are planned. The fact that all teams use the same clinical approach typically results in smooth transitions and consistent programming. We involve parents in the discussion of student moves, though NECC must reserve the right to make final decision about student placement.

How often will my child receive speech and language services?

The speech/language pathologists deliver speech and language services in a consultative model. Each case manager is responsible for teaching communication skills in coordination with the speech/language pathologist. The speech/language pathologist consults with the case manager for each student to ensure appropriate and consistent skill development. In addition to working with the child during clinics or other appointed times, the speech/language pathologist meets with the case manager and program director or specialist to assess the student’s progress, discuss student specific curriculum, and to make programmatic decisions about future skills to be taught. The speech/language pathologist is responsible for assessing each student’s communication abilities, for determining and writing appropriate goals and curriculum based on these assessments, and for overseeing the implementation of communication programs.