Integrated Services Program – Old Rochester Regional High School
The Integrated Services Program supports students in grades 9-12 with a variety of learning needs, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders, cognitive, sensory and language based differences. A special education teacher, along with experienced paraprofessional(s), speech language pathologist(s), occupational therapist(s) and an autism consultant, work together as a team to address the students’ unique needs. Students are grouped, in an effort to individualize instruction, by learning style and/or developmental age.
The ISP classroom provides an option for those students who require intense interventions and individualized programming in a separate classroom setting. Specialized therapeutic and behavioral supports, as well as extensive use of assistive technology, contribute to the students’ success. The program is located in the Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett.
A small class size allows students to learn at their own rate, supported by small student/teacher ratios (3:1). Academics are modified to facilitate attending and independence. Curriculum is based on the MA Curriculum Frameworks and all students participate in the MCAS or MCAS Alternative Assessment. Social skills are supported through facilitated inclusion/reverse inclusion activities, participation in school based activities and community outings.
An eclectic teaching approach is used, which may include:
- Incidental and naturalistic teaching
- Principles of ABA, TEACCH, CERTS, etc.
- Visual Supports (schedules, organizational tools, contracts, sequencing)
- Augmentative Communication (Specialized software, Dynavox, Mini-Mercks, etc.)
- Structured teaching and classroom environment
Parent support is offered through ongoing communication with the teaching staff, as well as opportunities for parent meetings throughout the school year.
Referrals to the ISP should be made through the student’s home district special education office. For more information, please call Michelle Goettlich, Program Director at (508) 998-5444.