Children’s Services

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Children’s Services

To meet the needs of children and young adults with autism, developmental disabilities and/or behavioral challenges, HMEA Children’s Services makes available a broad array of services from early intervention with toddlers to assisting teens transitioning into the workforce to helping adults find and retain employment. We have a history and reputation for delivering high quality, comprehensive, timely and cost-effective services. With very experienced, well-trained staff, we have the capacity to effectively deliver services throughout our service area, which includes Central and Southeastern Massachusetts, as well as the Greater Boston metropolitan area. In delivering these services, our staff creates partnerships with families, early intervention centers, school systems, and employers that serve to help each individual achieve his or her fullest potential.

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ABA Home-Based Programs
ABA School-Based Programs
TRACS (Transitional and Community Services)

If you have any questions or want more information about Children’s Services please don’t hesitate to contact Michele Mayer, Senior Vice President of Children’s and Transitional Services at (508) 298-1170 or email her at mmayer@hmea.org.

ABA Home-Based Programs

To assist children of all ages and their families, we offer home-based services for both children under 3 years (Early Intervention) and over 3 years (School-aged).

The Early Intervention Program at HMEA works with children who have been newly diagnosed with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, or other Autism Spectrum Disorder. Working in partnership with families and early intervention centers, HMEA provides intensive educational services to these very young children in both home and community settings. The goal of HMEA’s Early Intervention services is to help families understand the unique learning needs of their children and to bring about improved skill development and independence in the child. These services are paid for through funding provided by the Department of Public Health (DPH), MassHealth, and family insurance plans. HMEA is a DPH certified Specialty Provider for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The School-aged Program at HMEA provides education, instruction and consultation to children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, a developmental disability, or other behavioral challenge. These services are available to children aged 3 years or older, and are paid for through funding provided by the local school district, family insurance plans, or through programs funded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and administered by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Working in partnership with families and schools, the goal of school-aged home-based services is to help each child achieve his/her fullest potential at home or in the community, and to provide support to families who may be contemplating placing their child in a residential school. HMEA is currently credentialed to provide services and accept payments from most major health insurance plans.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) serves as the foundation of services within both the Early Intervention and School-aged programs – incorporating assessment, identification of objectives, systematic instruction, and data-analysis. This process is used to teach language, cognitive, social, play, self-care and/or motor skills. Experience and research has shown that ABA strategies are effective in promoting the development of new skills.

Services provided include:

  • Assessment – developmental, educational, and functional behavioral evaluations that assess a child’s capabilities across settings and which provide specific recommendations for treatment planning
  • Clinical Design and Consultation – individualized development of objectives and teaching strategies utilizing a variety of proven instructional procedures including, but not limited to, discrete-trial teaching, incidental teaching, and task-analysis methodologies
  • Education – in-home instruction in cognitive, social, play, self-care, and communication skills within a structured behavioral teaching format

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ABA School-Based Programs

School-based Programs available through HMEA are available for children over the age of 3 years who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, a developmental disability, or other behavioral challenge. Working in partnership with schools and families, we use the best practices available to develop treatment plans, educational objectives, and teaching strategies tailored to each child’s individual needs. The goal of HMEA’s school-based services is to help each child achieve his/her personal goals in school or in the community either through consultation with school professionals or via direct provision of services. School-based serves are paid for through funding provided by the local school district or through private payments.

As with our home-based programs, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) serves as the foundation for service provision within the school-based program – incorporating assessment, identification of objectives, systematic instruction, and data analysis. This process can be used to teach a wide variety of skills identified on a child’s IEP. Consultation and training to the child’s team of school professionals is also provided in order to help facilitate the child’s inclusion and participation in the classroom.

School-based services include:

  • Assessment – educational and functional behavioral evaluations that assess a child’s capabilities across settings and which provide specific recommendations for treatment planning
  • Clinical Design – individualized development of objectives and teaching strategies utilizing a variety of proven instructional procedures including, but not limited to, discrete-trial teaching, incidental teaching, and task-analysis methodologies, and development of behavior support plans to address maladaptive behavior
  • Education – in-school instruction on IEP goals within a structured behavioral format
  • Clinical Consultation – available for families and school staff to address a variety of needs

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TRACS (Transitional and Community Services)

The TRACS Program provides evaluation, training, and consultation services to ensure students with special needs aged 16 to 22 years can comfortably and successfully transition into the community after they leave high school.   The TRACS program also provides assessment, job placement, and job coaching services for adults with disabilities who are trying to re-enter the work force.

TRACS services for students:

Our focus is on providing high-school aged students with the supports they need to naturally transition from school to the world of work and adulthood.  These services are generally paid for through funding provided by the local area school district, or through private payments, and include:

  • Vocational Assessment – addresses each students’ capabilities, interests, and work experiences, and provides specific recommendations for transitional planning in the areas of work and independent living skills
  • Career Exploration – a work experience rotation through several work sites to better determine job interests or to provide initial exposure to work in the community
  • Job Development – assistance in locating, applying, and interviewing for jobs based on individual job preferences
  • Job Coaching – services that provide support and instruction at job sites
  • Home/Community Life Skills– assisting the student to develop independence in daily living skills and use of community resources

TRACS services for adults:

Our focus is on helping adults identify preferred career areas and skills that can be utilized in employment settings.  These services are generally paid for through funding provided by DDS, MRC, or MCB, and include:

  • Vocational Assessment – an evaluation to determine work preferences, strengths, and capabilities
  • Job Placement – assistance in identifying, applying, and interviewing for jobs
  • Job Coaching – services that provide support and instruction at job sites
  • Home Life Skills – support for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation; cleaning skills necessary to maintain a personal living space; telephone skills; and time management skills
  • Community Life Skills – assistance with transportation, community safety awareness, budgeting/banking, guidance with public assistance, and ordering/eating in restaurants

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