Serving individuals and families in Massachusetts with care and respect.
Amego offers year-round educational services to children and young adults ages 8 to 21. Amego provides individualized evidence-based practices for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Comprehensive educational services include:
- Educational and therapeutic assessments
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
- Nursing services
- Psychiatric consultation
- School social worker
- Direct therapeutic services
- Adaptive physical education
- Art and music curriculum
- Community integration
- Transitional planning
- Dense staffing ratios
- Functional living skills
Children's Day School
Our dynamic and caring staff provides educational and behavioral programming individualized to meet each student’s unique needs. Amego’s day school operates 237 days a year. Our teaching is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), supervised by Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) who provide on-going support to staff, families and caregivers working with each student. At Amego, parents and caregivers are a welcomed part of the treatment team. The Amego Children’s Division is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Amego School supports the individual needs of each child. School staff work collaboratively, with input from parents and other professionals, to ensure that each student has an individually tailored education plan to address their most significant needs.
The school uses a variety of assessments to help identify and determine the educational needs of each student throughout the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Teachers with the support of Educational Directors and input from other professionals determine each student’s precise instructional needs, ensuring optimal opportunities for progress. The school provides highly structured direct instruction based on the principals and techniques of ABA across academic and functional life skills. Team meetings with parental participation are held annually, and parents receive updated progress reports throughout the year. Amego encourages open communication with families and caregivers and welcomes parents to come throughout the year to discuss progress. Administrators, teachers and other staff are always available to discuss current goals and encourage generalization of skills across school and home environments.
Clinical support and services are provided by Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analysts. Through the application of ABA, we individually assess and customize a plan of care specific to each student. Individualized Behavior Intervention Plans are developed following a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to target specific behavioral challenges. All clinical interventions are supported by research, reflect best practices and are designed to increase socially appropriate functional behaviors while decreasing problematic behaviors that may exist. The clinical team provides ongoing monitoring of data that allows us to ensure the efficacy of programming for each student.
Vocational and Transitional Services
As students reach age 14, their team will begin to develop programming that will best prepare them for their post-secondary vision. Amego’s Vocational and Transition Specialist will work closely with students and their teachers to identify relative strengths and weaknesses in the area of functional life skills and pre-vocational skills using the Amego Pre-vocational and Employability Skills Inventory. With this knowledge, students will start developing job skills in their classroom and across the school building that both capitalize on their strengths as well as systematically boost their confidence and ability in their areas of weakness. As students approach ages 18-22, they are placed in either campus-based or community-based job-like activities that aim to increase functional job skills and, of equal importance, target important soft skills such as appropriate socialization in the workplace and natural support development. Amego has partnerships with organizations in our community that welcome our students as volunteers and employees when they are ready. As students approach age 22, we work closely with families, school districts and assigned adult agencies to plan for and provide as seamless as a transition into adulthood as possible.
All therapeutic services are delivered in a collaborative, consultative approach working closely with all members of the school team. Therapeutic professionals provide staff with training, assist with program development, monitor student progress, and assist with data collection. If a student’s IEP includes the need for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Speech and Language services, the Amego School has licensed professionals on staff to support each student. Across all therapeutic disciplines students are evaluated individually through a multi-factored process. Collaborative goals are developed annually for IEPs that address individual areas of need relative to any therapeutic objective.
- An Occupational Therapist (OT) and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) provide evaluations, consultation, and direct services to students requiring therapy targeting visual-motor and/or fine motor skills and providing specialized supports for a range of activities of daily living, including writing, hygiene, behavioral regulation and feeding programs. Our OT and COTA integrate supports for students throughout their day through consultation with staff and provide direct one-on-one or group therapy services as determined by individual student needs.
- A Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) provide comprehensive evaluations to assess each student’s gross motor abilities and develop appropriate goals. Our PT and PTA promote safety across settings by providing individualized or group gross motor treatment, while closely collaborating with the Adaptive Physical Education instructors and other therapists to ensure students are building critical skills.
- Speech and Language Therapy (SLP) services create programs based on comprehensive evaluations to facilitate communication for all students, using a range of low-to-high tech supports that are individualized based on each student’s needs. In addition to one-on-one and small group therapy services, the SLP ensures that all staff members are trained in delivering programming designed to facilitate speech and language development and provide regular consultation to staff for the implementation of communication supports across a student’s day.
- Adaptive Physical Education.
- Special Olympics
- Field Day
- School Dances
- Annual Prom
Children's Residential Services
Since 1971, Amego has provided a comfortable, structured, student-centered residential program for children and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our campus of six new homes, community building, and a park/recreational area located in Franklin Massachusetts, is less than 2 miles from the Amego School. The campus provides state-of the art residential living in a community-based setting. Our homes support children, adolescents, and young adults ages 8 to 21.
Residential and school staff work together, employing the same, consistent approach when implementing and maintaining skills across both school and residential settings. Amego offers leisure, community and home activities that enrich, support, and extend educational experiences. Our high staff-to-resident ratio affords each child the attention and engagement necessary to participate in activities and to ensure their individual needs are met.
Features of residential services include:
- Dedicated manager in each home
- Onsite staff supervision
- Caring, compassionate, and trained front-line workforce
- Access to on-call clinicians and administrators
- Access to community activities
- Clinical programs developed by Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analysts
- Coordination of medical care
- Each child has their own bedroom
- Ongoing staff training
Children's Services Admissions Overview
Amego School provides day school and residential educational services to children between the ages of 8-22 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities which impact social, behavioral, and intellectual learning and development. Families and guardians are encouraged to contact and visit Amego early in the referral process to determine whether our programs are the best match for their child.
Amego School Referral and Admission process:
- Referrals are accepted from school districts and the Department of Children and Families. Please submit referrals for day school and/or residential program to: Austin Silva, Children's Social Services Coordinator. Austin Silva ASilva@AmegoInc.org
- When a referral is received, the admissions team will complete an initial review to assure the appropriateness of the candidate.
- The admission team will then invite family in to tour Amego School.
- The admissions team will go out to meet/observe your child in their current placement.
- The admissions team will review all relative admissions information (referral packet, observation, and other documentation) before an acceptance decision is made. During this process, every effort is made to identify the most suitable classroom and residence for the student.
- If placement is recommended and accepted, families/ guardians will be contacted to schedule a transition meeting. During this meeting, the admission date will be set.