“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.
Kindle Farm is a non-profit, independent school in Newfane, Vermont providing an educational program for at-risk boys in grades 3 through 12. Kindle Farm provides a unique combination of academics, recreational activities, and vocational training to ensure a holistic approach to working with students.
The mission of Kindle Farm is to provide a physically and emotionally safe school environment, using a combination of diverse activities and solid supervision and guidance, so students can discard old patterns and habits and discover and practice new ways to communicate, problem-solve, and learn more effectively.
HCRS partnered with Kindle Farm in 2010 to create multi-faceted and well-coordinated programming for those who need it and will benefit from it the most. Kindle Farm’s expertise has been working with students with emotional and behavioral struggles; our partnership allows Kindle Farm to deliver clinical services and provide improved comprehensive wrap-around supports for boys who are not successful in a traditional classroom model
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