Specialized Developmental Autism Program

The Specialized Developmental Autism Program integrates an attitude of unconditional acceptance and meeting students where they are in their learning process with the evidence-based methods of Applied Behavior Analysis that has proven effective for individuals on the autism spectrum. The program is socially engaging with powerful teaching methods, custom-designed to enable each child to develop to his or her fullest potential. A combination of individualized instruction, discreet trials, social thinking instruction and functional experiences shape programming to meet the need of students. Teaching methods include pre- vocational, life skills training and practiced socialization, as well as pre-academic/academic programs that are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks/Common Core. Social Communication may be practiced through oral and augmentative communication, such as Picture Exchange Card System (P.E.C.S.), Speech Generating Devices, and Sign Language. The program is all-inclusive for nursing, OT, PT, SP, Music, Physical Education, Art and BCBA oversight and consultation.

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(full year program – both school year and summer)
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Therapeutic Services Available: 
Adaptive Physical Education (APE), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Counseling, Hearing Services, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Vision Services

Parent Support Program: Parent Advisory Council

Additional Program Information: The academic and clinical staff actively partner with families and community stakeholders to provide wrap-around services to students.

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Primary Population/Disability: 
Autism, Neurological
Type of Program: 
In a Host School
Ages Served: 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22+
Grades Served: 
Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Contact Person(s): 
Elizabeth S. Fitzmaurice
Executive Director
508-764-8500 ext. 1144
Bartlett High School
52 Lake Parkway
01570 Webster , MA
United States
Massachusetts US