Devereux Massachusetts West Meadow
A Program for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The West Meadow ProgramEmphasizing social skill and life skill enhancement for youth with PDD
The West Meadow program goals are to help youth improve in the following areas:
Population ServedWest 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:
Program ComponentsDevereux 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:
Educational ServicesAll 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.
"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