Reed Academy’s academic program is based on each child’s Individual Educational Plan while also following the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core. With class sizes of 4/5 students to one certified special education teacher, the behavioral and educational needs of each student are always met with care and compassion. Our small, home-like program, allows for the strengthening of adaptive daily living skills and social skill development to be constant areas of focus.
Our school day runs from 9:00am-4:45pm with the extra hours in the afternoon dedicated to training in appropriate independent play and structured socializing. The longer school day is academically enriched and offers many activities such as homework help, watercolor class, cooking, reading clubs, social thinking/pragmatics class, and outdoor physical activity.
Although students at Reed maintain their own doctors, Reed Academy has a registered nurse on staff as well as a consulting psychiatrist to ensure that the medical portion of each child’s treatment plan is followed and monitored closely. No medication is dispensed without written authorization from the parent and their physician. In an emergency, children are taken to Metro West Medical Center - Framingham Campus.
The Therapeutic Milieu
Reed Academy is driven strongly by the therapeutic milieu which is carried out program-wide. Students at Reed are assigned a highly qualified and experienced therapist who will commit to their case throughout their time in the program. Students meet weekly with their therapist individually and meet several times a week in a group therapy session. Family commitment is of the utmost importance to each child’s treatment, and weekly meetings with parents and guardians are required.
Each child’s therapeutic program is based on his individual needs. Therapists hold one of the following certifications: Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Social Worker, or School Psychologist.
Parental involvement is an essential part of our program. Regular weekly meetings between parents and their Family Support Professional provide opportunities to discuss problems, develop insights into the child’s behavior, and share behavioral management techniques. When deemed necessary, additional family members may be invited to participate in these sessions. Various family oriented groups and activities are also scheduled throughout the year.