The Home for Little Wanderers operates two state-approved special education programs* for children and youth aged 5 to 18 from cities and towns throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The mission of our special education schools is to provide a safe and secure environment that allows all students to reach their fullest social and academic potential. School staff works closely with families and referral sources to ensure that services meet the needs of the whole child.
These schools provide a consistent environment where youth can have their needs met and begin to learn appropriate responses. Structured settings and behavior support systems with clear expectations and positive reinforcements help students learn to manage difficult feelings and control their behavior, focus on their school work, and improve their overall performance. Small class sizes and a high staff-to-student ratio permit individualized attention, support, consistency, and regular feedback. Each youth has an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) as well as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) when required, both of which clearly spell out the specific goals and objectives to be achieved by the youth and his family. Clinicians are on site five days a week, meet regularly with each child/youth for individual therapy, and work closely with the family to provide therapy and support services. Students in our schools feel safe, valued, challenged, and supported.
In addition to a full range of special education services consistent with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in science, social studies, history, mathematics, and health, The Home’s schools also provide:
- Summer academic and enrichment programming
- Educational achievement testing
- Intensive MCAS support
- On-site and community recreation, art education and life skills classes
- Behavior support/modification within a therapeutic environment
- Speech, language and occupational therapy
- Individual, dyad, group and family therapy
*All schools are private special education schools accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, approved by the school district in which they are located, affiliated with the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (MAAPS) and co-located on campuses with therapeutic residential programs.