We believe a comfortable environment is a nurturing environment and a nurturing environment is a learning environment. Every room is filled with large windows and bright colors. In every moment lies a learning opportunity, and both Milestones' program and environment are geared toward taking every advantage of each moment large and small.
Individual Academic Levels
Milestones' students often have uneven academic profiles. With our low student to staff ratio, our faculty is able to meet students where they are and appropriately challenge their abilities with a variety of curricula, ranging from advanced to remedial academics.
Learning Skills for Life
Our Transitions Program is designed for students 14-22 years of age and offers an opportunity to prepare for adulthood. Our expert educators and therapists help young adults gain valuable skills, with flexible programming designed to fit our students' individual needs and goals.
Milestones Day School is an approved and accredited private school (Chapter 766) providing a complete education for students by balancing stimulating academics with teaching new and more appropriate therapeutic skills. Our therapeutic curriculum is vast and comprises in-depth lessons and interventions practiced daily for social skills, executive skills, coping/regulation skills, daily living skills, and self-esteem. Every aspect of our program, from the deliberate architecture to the comprehensive curriculum, has been custom designed to support and nurture students while increasing their proficiency at learning and interacting.
Milestones Day Schoolâ€™s Transitions Services are designed for students aged 15-22 to assist with all aspects of transitioning to adulthood.Â The Transitions Program accepts students who progress through our day school as well as students who are currently enrolled in other programs and are looking to gain skills for this next phase of their life.
Our program was carefully developed to ensure students experience a successful transition and to assist with post-graduation goals.
We couldn’t be more proud of one of our Milestones’ families for taking part in the maaps #ImIncluded Video Campaign! This segment features animation by our 12th grader Brett and an interview with his mother!
We feel so honored to be able to provide a therapeutic and supportive academic environment for our students at Milestones.
In the video, parents, students and school leaders highlight what inclusion means to them at maaps member Chapter 766 special education schools.
Community Engagement:Â Sibling Conference for Special Needs
Thursday, May 4, 2017 and/or Friday, May 5, 2017
Location: Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459
Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens as well as professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family. Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project, will cover how Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs, and provide opportunities to connect with each other. *Â The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, and parents. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibsâ€™ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who would like to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop.
* The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibsâ€™ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training.
*Â Some tuition scholarships are available, please inquire. Registration is required toÂ http://bit.ly/JFCSSibshops2017Â or contactÂ Doreen Cummings, JF&CS firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Speak Series:Â Working Together: Families and Schools as Partners in Transition
Milestones, Wednesday May 10, 2017 fromÂ 10:00-12:00pm
Participants will share what has worked well in parent-school partnerships related to transition and will add to their arsenal of strategies for engaging together in the process of transitioning youth who are on the cusp of adulthood.
Arlyn Roffman, Ph.D. , Â A Professor Emerita of Special Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Arlyn Roffman is also a licensed psychologist with a small private practice focusing on the adjustment of youth and adults with disabilities. From 1981-1996 Dr. Roffman served as the founding director of Lesleyâ€™s Threshold Program, the first comprehensive university-based non-degree transition program for young adults with disabilities in the US. She is extremely proud that the program has continued to thrive for more than 35 years. The author of 3 books â€” most recently Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood (Princeton Review/Random House, 2007) â€” Dr. Roffman has also written numerous articles and chapters on learning disabilities and ADHD.
Parent Advisory Group Meeting: How to Structure Unstructured Time
Milestones, Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:00AM
We will provide ideas and activities to help implement at home and in various environments to help your student learn recreation and leisure activities, as well as helping to manage “free time” effectively.
Parent Information Session:Â Bullying
Milestones, Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 10:00AM
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