Special Education

Every child has the right and deserves the opportunity to grow and learn to the fullest extent possible. When your child is admitted here for residential care (including some short-term stays), we will work with you and your local school district’s staff to ensure special education services that best help your child to grow and learn.

Through Cedarcrest School we provide a year-round, state-approved special education program integrated with nursing support. Our program, based on the New Hampshire Curriculum Frameworks, accommodates as many as 20 students (ages 3-21).  Most of our residents attend Cedarcrest School, although a few go out to local public schools or other special programs. We also enroll a few local day students who are cared for at home but who require extensive nursing support during the school day.

Our special educators will work with you and representatives of your local school district to formulate an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for your child.  The IEP will outline target goals in curricular areas such as math, science, and literature, as well as appropriate objectives for development of sensory, large and fine motor, and communication skills.

Children routinely use a wide range of mobility and communication devices in the classroom.  Just as we provide high-tech medical support, we also employ high-tech augmentative communication devices and instructional equipment – from touch-screen computers to TOBII Eye Gaze to iPads to Smart Boards – as a means of developing in students a sense of autonomy and encouraging communication with those around them.