Philosophy and Mission

The mission of the Gengras Center is to guide each student to reach his or her potential by facilitating learning, social communication and independence for students aged 5 to 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and related challenges. We accomplish this through:

  • Individualized assessments and program planning
  • Small group and individual instruction with a high staff to student ratio
  • Speech and language therapy including AAC
  • Behavioral intervention and programming utilizing an ABA approach
  • Artistic expression through art, music, and drama
  • Social work services including social skills training and counseling
  • Wellness education through health, nutrition, and physical education classes
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Community instruction and safety training
  • Vocational experiences and employment training
  • Transition support and planning

We believe that learning and personal development must encompass the total child through an evidence-based approach that embraces all social, academic, therapeutic and vocational components. At the Gengras Center, these elements are individually tailored for every student, with communication, self-determination, and independent living skills all being an integral part of the overall approach.

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