EASTCONN operates two clinical day treatment programs in Northeastern Connecticut: Northeast Regional Program (NRP) in Putnam and Educational and Vocational Center (EVC) in Columbia.
All two programs are designed for students who need a highly structured, supportive, therapeutic environment in order to achieve academic and behavioral success. The main goal of the programs is to help students to acquire the academic, social, emotional and behavioral skills necessary to successfully return to their local public schools or a less restrictive environment. The programs utilize individualized instruction with a multimodality approach and high interest materials.
Four core components characterize the services provided by EASTCONN’s Clinical Day Treatment programs:
Students who are enrolled in the Clinical Day Treatment programs are placed in classrooms with developmentally appropriate peers. Instruction is provided through individualized instruction and small group lessons. Each special education student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with specific goals and objectives that address both educational and clinical needs. The curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards. The curriculum design and instruction incorporate project based learning, integrated lessons and real-life applications. A variety of alternative teaching strategies and behavior management techniques are employed in the classroom to help students experience success.
2. Clinical Support Services
All classroom teams are supported by clinicians who work with the teaching staff to design a safe and supportive environment for all the students. The clinician and teachers develop strategies that help the students maintain acceptable behavior in school and the community. The clinician works with small groups of students to build social skills and other coping skills necessary to be successful in life. Additionally, the clinician helps students to cope with problems that are unique to their personal circumstances. The clinician is available to meet with families to develop strategies for helping the students at home and in the community. The staff recognizes that students are part of families and communities and that problems often occur in all parts of the students’ lives. Clinicians are able to provide referrals to community agencies, do home visits, and provide collaboration with involved service providers.
One of the key components of the Clinical Day Treatment programs is our highly successful vocational program offered to students in grades 8-12. This program has proven to be a motivator for our students to acquire the necessary skills for competitive employment and post-secondary options. The students in grade 8 have an introduction to vocational programming and the world of work. Students in grades 9-12 have a more in-depth exposure to the world of work and transition services. All the students participate in the following components:
- Assessment of skills and abilities
- Participation in small group/individualized instruction
- Participation in community tours to local businesses
- Guest speakers sharing their trades, education and experiences
- Paid Internships for students 14 yrs and older
- Assistance with post-secondary options including college/ vocational schools
- Planning for transition services
Family involvement is strongly encouraged. Children experience greater success when their families understand the goals of the school program and can help their child as they grow and develop. Family members can make appointments with the clinician to visit the school and discuss their child. In addition to school visits, the staff maintains ongoing communication with the family through phone calls, progress reports, and quarterly report cards. The staff is also available to assist families who are interested in receiving services from community based agencies or individual providers. In addition, the school holds an open house at the beginning of the school year and in the spring, family nights, parent support groups, an end of the year BBQ, and parent/teacher conferences twice during the school year.