The Learning Center for the Deaf848 Central St. Framingham, MA 01701
ADMISSIONS: Kasey Pendexter – Director of Clinical Services, 508-626–8581. Michelle Cline, Director of Walden School – 508-626–8581.
AGES/GRADES: Males and females ages 7-21 in 7 day a week, 12 month a year program. Also provides a commuter status – 5 day a week, 11 month program.
Highly individualized clinical care is the hallmark of Walden School. Each of our students has unique therapeutic and behavioral counseling needs. Individual treatment plans are created for each student by a multidisciplinary team of experts including the parent or guardian, the Clinical Director, masters-level therapists, a clinical psychologist and a child psychiatrist, the student’s following teacher and a residential advocate.
Plans are reviewed every twelve weeks, and students are encouraged, when appropriate, to help with the design.
All Walden School students receive individual therapy, and many are involved in group therapy sessions as well.
Family support is a key component of our clinical services. We work with families to help students successfully return to their home environment, providing ongoing therapy, home visits, training, consultations and parent support groups.
We have a full-time family partner who works with parents in the home and helps facilitate home/school communication and planning.
The Family Residence (referred to as the ‘Yellow House’), an on-campus residence located next to Walden School, provides a comfortable location to stay when parents are visiting their child. Because the house is outside the immediate Walden School setting yet close to program sta and facilities, it’s also an ideal place to begin the transitional process of reuniting a resident with his or her family. The family residence accommodates 2-5 guests.
Trauma-informed care is vibrant within our community, and all Walden School students receive individual therapy. Our experienced clinicians utilize a variety of treatment frameworks, including Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and Animal Assisted Therapy along with typical types of therapies.
THERAPEUTIC ORIENTATION: Strength-based therapeutic milieu utilizing skill building and treatment plans utilizing Trauma Focus Lens.
POPULATION SERVED: The program provides comprehensive services to Deaf children exhibiting serious social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties, with underlying mental health disorders and complex trauma histories. Massachusetts referrals are given priority, but out of state students are accepted as beds are available.
766 APPROVED: Yes