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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
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
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... 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
‘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
…in a way that adversely effects school performance

…to a marked degree

…for an extended period of time

the nba staff assume
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


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

Highly structured


Closely supervised

without this some students get locked into
Without this, some students get locked into...

Failure cycles


Self defeating patterns of behavior


at school

  • at home,
  • and…in the community
often these patterns are characterized by

Often, these patterns are characterized by...

Interpersonal conflict

Ineffective thinking

School failure


Self doubt

school behaviors can appear
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
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 &


Feelings & relationships

Order & control


issues & skills

Highly structured learning environment
  • Small group & individualized instruction
  • Incentives and rewards
  • Supportive relationships
  • Clear feedback about behavior
  • Therapeutic crisis management
  • Problem-solving counseling
1st by addressing psychological needs
1st - By Addressing Psychological Needs
  • Safety & trust
  • Competence
  • Initiative
  • Accomplishment
  • Identity & belonging
2nd by planning for academic success
2nd - By Planning For Academic Success
  • Teaching how they learn
  • Small group instruction
  • ‘Engaging’ learning activities
  • Incentive strategies
3rd by building self control
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
And 4th - By Teaching Social-Cognitive Skills
  • Self awareness
  • Ownership
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Goal setting & planning
keeping students in the LRE


  • avoiding costly out-placements
helping ed students rebuild
helping ED students rebuild...


  • Self Esteem
  • Self Control
  • Self Determination
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • and School Success
nba staff 2013 14
NBA Staff2013-14
  • Dr. Barbara Bronson School Psychologist
  • Mat OrcuttSPEDTeacher
  • Dave GruberSPEDTeacher
  • Gail Narita Teacher Assistant
  • Dale Tedesco Teacher Assistant
  • Dr. Paul J. PattavinaSupervisor

-for more information-

Dr. Paul J. Pattavina

Special Education Supervisor

Groton Public Schools

860/ 572-2157