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Devereux Massachusetts West Meadow

A Program for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The West Meadow Program

Emphasizing social skill and life skill enhancement for youth with PDD
The West Meadow program goals are to help youth improve in the following areas:
  • Increase ability to initiate and maintain positive social relationships
  • Enhance functional living abilities to support greater self-sufficiency
  • Replace challenging behaviors with effective prosocial strategies
  • Decrease chronic feelings of anxiety and improve sensory processing
  • Enhance academic performance and develop vocational competencies
West Meadow Program Brochure (pdf)

Population Served

West Meadow serves male youth ages 10 to 17 who have difficulties in the areas of social communication, social cognition and self-regulation.

These youth typically exhibit primary difficulties consistent with:
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • High Functioning Autism
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, not otherwise specified
  • Nonverbal Learning Disability
In addition, these youth often carry secondary diagnoses including:
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder

Program Components

Devereux has been providing treatment for youth with high level autism and Asperger’s disorder for several years. Recently, we created a living space specifically designed to address the unique needs of this population. West Meadow provides a warm, collaborative living space where treatment progress is enhanced via a structured, consistent, and predictable environment.

Positive Behavior Support is the foundation of West Meadow’s treatment approach. Multi-disciplinary teams conduct a thorough initial assessment of clients’ abilities in the service of creating individualized behavior support plans. These plans are designed to improve clients’ self-efficacy via the milieu’s systematic focus on teaching social pragmatic skills.

By integrating applied behavior analytic methods with a relational approach, Devereux offers youth and their families a cohesive, supportive and evidence-based model of treatment. In addition to core approaches, a full range of services are provided for optimum care:
  • Functional assessment of behavior
  • 24/7 Focus on social skills development
  • Functional living skills development
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Family support group and aftercare planning
  • Occupational Therapy (fine/gross motor skills)
  • Creation of a ‘sensory profile’ of each youth
  • Regular therapeutic recreation
  • Expressive arts
  • Animal care therapy
  • Adventure Based Counseling
  • Vocational training

Educational Services

All West Meadow students attend school on the Devereux campus. Students are placed in specialized classrooms with certified teachers within a small school environment. This provides opportunities for mainstreaming in academic and vocational settings.

The educational curriculum is infused with opportunities for social skill development throughout the school day. Given the wide range of students’ academic and communicative abilities, teachers differentiate instruction to accommodate the unique learning styles and interests of each child. Student learning is supported with current technology, including computer-based literacy and math instruction. The goal is to build upon each student’s skills using a strengths- based approach.

Trained and Certified Staff

Functional Behavior Assessments and Individualized Behavior Support Plans are carried out by treatment teams through consul-tation with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Licensed clinicians provide individual, group and family therapy and are available for consultation, crisis intervention, and skills coaching.

Youth meet regularly with medical staff to manage their medication needs. The 24-hour nursing staff dispenses and monitors medications for the students.

Please contact the Devereux Admissions Department at (508) 886-4746 or via E-mail ma_admissions@devereux.org.

"When I first came to Devereux, I used to put myself down. Now I have more confidence in myself. I know if I put my mind to it, I can achieve my goals." -- Alyssa, 16