New Story offers several services within our schools as part of the academic day. The IEP team will determine which services will benefit the student and identify a prescription for these services.
Behavioral Consulting is a service designed to assess a student’s behavior in many different environments. Our consultants are either BCBA/BCaBA or are working towards qualifications needed to become board certified. Through observation and the application of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) principles, our consultants can determine the factors influencing certain behavior and teach the student positive replacement behaviors.
Our goal at New Story is to teach positive replacement behaviors that can be used in everyday situations in order to improve the student’s behavior over time. Areas of focus include decreasing verbal and physical aggression, self-injury, property destruction, and task refusal; while increasing communication, social skills, attention to task, and participation in academic tasks/demands.
Behavioral Consultants conduct Functional Behavior Assessments and develop each student’s individualized Positive Behavior Support Plan. New Story develops programming based on each student’s specific need.
New Story schools offer counseling services to students who need extra guidance and support in their everyday lives. We offer individual and group counseling sessions that assess the needs of each student and work to oversee therapeutic relationships between staff and the students. Our counselors are on hand to develop and update behavior/treatment plans as the student progresses.
Crisis intervention is conducted by trained staff known as Crisis Intervention Specialists. Our Crisis Intervention Specialists are an additional resource to help students manage their behavior and assist staff in de-escalating student behaviors. Crisis Intervention Specialists provide behavioral interventions as outlined in each students’ individualized Positive Behavior Support Plan. These staff utilize nonviolent crisis management techniques to ensure the maximum safety for all students attending New Story. Our staff is trained by certified instructors through the Crisis Prevention Institute. (have this blue wording hyperlink to the website for CPI)
Our speech therapists help develop, restore and improve the child’s communication skills through spoken language and/or through alternative communication methods. Speech-language therapists can help students improve their general ability to effectively communicate and interact with others as well as develop their speech and language skills. These therapists may teach non-verbal ways of communicating and may improve social skills that involve communicating with others. By enhancing their communication skills your child will develop a fluent and fluid means of conversation.
Our occupational therapists help children develop, restore and maintain fine motor and self-care skills. Services include individualized treatments to improve the child’s independence by strengthening his/her ability to perform academic skills including writing and gross motor planning.
Our physical therapists help children develop, restore and maintain optimal gross motor functionality. We focus on improved strength, balance and coordination to enhance the child’s motor skills. Additionally, we design and implement gym, fitness and yoga activities to enhance peer interactions.
Extended School Year (ESY)
Extended School Year (ESY) services are special education and related services provided to students with disabilities that qualify for education, beyond the 180-day school calendar. ESY curriculum is uniquely designed for the individual student by his/her IEP team. A student’s goals may range from academic areas such as math and reading; to behavioral and/or counseling goals; to daily living skills and personal safety skills.
At age 14, students with an IEP are eligible to receive transition services. New Story students have the opportunity to participate in transition services that are a combination of school-based learning, work-based learning and independent living skills. Our students receive the knowledge base, varied experiences and skill sets needed to be productive and function independently, or with supports, in the workplace, community or post-secondary education institution.
Students receiving transition services have the opportunity to participate in community work experiences in order to help them learn the needed skills for adulthood. Additionally, Individualized Transition Counseling is offered based on IEP determination.