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B. A. N. A clinical classroom model for public schools. NBA New Beginnings Alternative. A school-based program at Fitch High School in Groton, CT for secondary students who need special education and… …intensive behavior support. NBA meets 3 major concerns for public schools.

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A clinical classroom model for public schools


NBA New Beginnings Alternative

  • A school-based program

    at Fitch High School in Groton, CT

  • for secondary students

  • who need special education and…

  • …intensive behavior support


NBA meets 3 major concerns for public schools

1. Effective programming for adolescents with challenging behaviors

2. State and federal laws requiring students placed inthe Least Restrictive Environment

3. Local district needs to limit school spending


NBA uses a Clinical Day School model...

...in compliance with

Special Education laws

…similar to programs in other area secondary and middle schools...


NBA is designed for:

Students in grades 9-12 classified as:

  • Emotionally Disturbed (ED)


‘Emotionally Disturbed’

  • means that a student’s social-emotional learning needs and behaviors interfere with their ability to succeed in public school


Within Special Education law, ED students exhibit 1 or more of 5 characteristics...

  • Unexpected learning failure

  • Poor interpersonal relationships

  • Inappropriate behavior or feelings

  • Pervasive sadness, unhappiness or depression

  • Physical symptoms or fear re: school problems


…in a way that adversely effects school performance

…to a marked degree

…for an extended period of time


The NBA staff assume:

  • All students are capable of high level learning

  • …but all students don’t learn in the same way -

    or at the same rate


...and that all learning is influenced continuously by ...

Feelings

Beliefs

and

Behaviors


Because of this, many ED students learn best in a setting that is...

Highly structured

and

Closely supervised


Without this, some students get locked into...

Failure cycles

and

Self defeating patterns of behavior


  • at school

  • at home,

  • and…in the community


Often, these patterns are characterized by...

Interpersonal conflict

Ineffective thinking

School failure

and

Self doubt


School behaviors can appear...

  • Inappropriate

  • Irresponsible

  • Disruptive

  • and sometimes…

  • Dangerous


Removing ED students from the ‘mainstream’...

for a period of time...

can help them get back on a ‘success track’.


The mission of NBA is to help ED students

become more successful in school...

by addressing:

  • feelings & relationships

  • attitudes & beliefs

  • behavior habits & skills


This Means Helping Students...

  • to feel safe, capable and connected

  • to control and organize their behavior

  • to learn how to succeed

  • and to become responsible

  • & self directed


This requires daily attention to:

Learning needs &

motivation

Feelings & relationships

Order & control

Social

issues & skills


…using several different program strategies


  • Highly structured learning environment

  • Small group & individualized instruction

  • Incentives and rewards

  • Supportive relationships

  • Clear feedback about behavior

  • Therapeutic crisis management

  • Problem-solving counseling


These program componentsare designedtohelp ED students

in 4 important ways:


1st - By Addressing Psychological Needs

  • Safety & trust

  • Competence

  • Initiative

  • Accomplishment

  • Identity & belonging


2nd - By Planning For Academic Success

  • Teaching how they learn

  • Small group instruction

  • ‘Engaging’ learning activities

  • Incentive strategies


3rd - By Building Self Control

  • Day-to-day student management practices based on behavioral learning principles

  • Clinical & supportive group process

  • Student empowerment


And 4th - By Teaching Social-Cognitive Skills

  • Self awareness

  • Ownership

  • Communication

  • Problem solving

  • Goal setting & planning


  • keeping students in the LRE

    and

  • avoiding costly out-placements


helping ED students rebuild...

NBA -

  • Self Esteem

  • Self Control

  • Self Determination

  • Interpersonal Relationships

  • and School Success


NBA Staff2013-14

  • Dr. Barbara Bronson School Psychologist

  • Mat OrcuttSPEDTeacher

  • Dave GruberSPEDTeacher

  • Gail Narita Teacher Assistant

  • Dale TedescoTeacher Assistant

  • Dr. Paul J. PattavinaSupervisor


-for more information-

Dr. Paul J. Pattavina

Special Education Supervisor

Groton Public Schools

860/ 572-2157


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