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CLASSROOM PROFILES

autism servicesStudents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and challenging behaviors bring with them the special expectations of living in a world that is not always built to accommodate their unique needs. NHS has responded to this issue by creating the NHS Schools, incorporating the best of our existing behavioral services into the framework of an educational setting. Blending behavioral expertise with a comprehensive educational program results in a stable, nurturing environment that instills confidence in young people and provides skills needed to reach their fullest potential.
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Eligibility factors for Autism Services include:

  • Elementary and secondary ages 5-21
  • A primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mild to severe levels of impairment with accompanying medical, dietary, or behavioral concerns
  • I.Q. is not used as a reference or basis for enrollment
  • All student referrals are school district initiated
Licensed for Autism Support
• Altoona
• Apollo
• East Freedom
• Ellsworth
• Reading
• Scranton
• Somerset
• State College
• Carlisle
• Chambersburg
• Herminie
• Latrobe
• Philadelphia
• York
• Harrisburg
• Warrington
Emotional Support ServicesEmotional Support programs at NHS Schools provide education for students who are in need of a safe and educational learning environment to support their unique academic and behavioral health needs. The program provides school districts with an alternative educational placement for students whose academic achievement has been impacted due to emotional and behavioral challenges.Emotional Support Services - graphic

Eligibility factors for Emotional Support include:
  • Elementary and secondary ages 5 - 21
  • Transition from Residential Treatment Facility
  • Prior partial hospitalization
  • Post partial hospitalization
  • Students who need a full-time ES placement, rather than itinerant or resource room level of support
  • Students who can safely and effectively benefit from a therapeutic classroom model
  • Diagnosis of Socially Emotionally Disturbed and Individual Developmental Disabilities
Licensed for Emotional Support
• Altoona
• Apollo
• East Freedom
• Ellsworth
• Reading
• Scranton
• Somerset
• State College
• Greensburg
• York
• Harrisburg
• Warrington
 

Building Bridges Education Program for Girls is a community based, specialized classroom for girls who are in need of a safe and educational learning environment that takes into account the unique academic and behavioral health needs of girls and young women. This program provides an alternative for girls who are at risk of more restrictive levels of care due to challenges experienced in a public school setting and for those who may be transitioning and reuniting with their families and communities after discharge from an out-of-home placement such as residential or foster care.

Six Domains of Adolescent Female Development and Functioning
Building Bridges is a gender responsive program that implements the Six Domains of Adolescent Female Development and Functioning.
  • Physical - Relates to health and nutrition, body image and female development.
  • Sexual - Relates to sexuality, sexual behavior, pregnancy, and childbirth.
  • Relational – Relates to interpersonal relationships with peers and family members.
  • Emotional - Relates to mental health diagnosis and the ability to recognize and modulate distressing behaviors and express one's emotions constructively.
  • Intellectual - Relates to academic performance and intellectual growth
  • Spiritual - Relates to personal growth, self discovery and connection to others.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Ages 12-18 Years Old
  • Referral From The Attending Public School District
  • Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan
  • Other Health Impairments
Transition ProgramThe NHS Transition Program is designed to meet the individual needs of 18 to 21 year-olds who are preparing to become employed, live in a group home, attend post secondary education or who will remain in their current living situation. The program provides individuals with the skills they need to be successful and active members of society and as independent as possible in the community, work force and life. The student's home school district will provide funding support to attend this program. Our goal is to prepare our students for independence and foster the skills needed as they move through adulthood.
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Program contents:
  • Apartment Style Classroom Setups
  • Life Skills Classroom Setups
  • Simulated Work Environment
  • Job Placement
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Involvement
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Ages 18-21 Years Old
  • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Severely Emotionally Disturbed
  • Referral From the Attending Public School District
  • Individualized Education or 504 Plan