Day Habilitation and Community Based Day Support (CBDS)Programs

Many individuals with developmental disabilities require specialized support to achieve community inclusion. The NEEDS Center’s Day Support programs provide individualized support for adults of all ages, including those with complex needs. These programs combine medical monitoring, including nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, with daily living skills training and active community involvement.

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School Consultation

The NEEDS Center works with more than many school systems each year, providing training and consultation services to administrators, teachers, and students. Our consultants work with school staff and family members to coordinate and enhance educational and behavioral services for children and adolescents with:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities
  • School adjustment and behavior disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Psychiatric disorders

Our cost-effective school consultation services are based on the most contemporary “best practice” approaches to assessment, education, and treatment. We carefully tailor our services to the specific needs and concerns of each individual, classroom, school, or district, developing highly individualized recommendations and plans for students. Needs Center’s school-based consultation services, offered throughout the country, include:

  • Behavior and support plan development and implementation
  • District- and school-wide behavioral support strategies
  • Educational and behavioral program design
  • Curriculum development
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
  • Staff training
  • Collaborative team-building

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Residential Services

The NEEDS Center offers residential services and supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as challenging and at-risk behavior. We currently operate 11 group residences within the following seven communities: Billerica, Boxford, Haverhill, Methuen, Revere, Tewksbury, and Topsfield Massachusetts. These spacious single-family homes are contracted with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS). Each group residence serves 2-

5 adults, has a dedicated Program Coordinator (PC), and features 24-hours per day staffing. The focus of our residential services includes:

  • Self-care skills
  • Activities of daily living
  • Language and communication skills
  • Social skills, social competence, and relationship-building
  • Community-based instruction and support, including the development of leisure skills and the opportunities to participate in vacations to Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida
  • Prevention-focused behavior support

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Home-based Therapy

Home-based therapy provides meaningful learning opportunities that enable children with ASD to master critical skills in their home or other familiar environments.

We work with families and their insurance companies to identify the best times to schedule our one-on-one in-home ABA therapy sessions — typically from five to 20 hours per week. After discussions with the family and a comprehensive assessment that identifies a child’s strengths and areas to target for improvement, we develop a highly personalized treatment plan which includes the development of adaptive skills and strategies to decrease challenging behavior. The therapy may include a direct service provider who implements the treatment plan developed and supervised by a BCBA. The therapy may also include parent consultation with the BCBA to ensure the parent has the ability to implement the treatment plan with gradual independence when the service providers are not present.


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Winter 2020 Newsletter

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Reviews From Parents

“I want to thank everyone involved in the Special Olympics this past weekend, from organizing to actually working with my son on Saturday and Sunday. Thank you for your commitment to improving the lives of adults with disabilities. It was a wonderful time!”

“Once again, thank you (especially) as well as the entire NEEDS housestaff. It was extraordinarily difficult, but necessary, for us to find an alternative living arrangement for our son – and we feel fortunate to have been introduced to the NEEDS Center and comfortable with our choice to entrust you with his care. Our hopes and dreams for him are to be as independent as possible while enjoying a fulfilling work and personal life style — and we feel he is with an organization that will help with these goals while still providing a kind, caring and respectful home experience.”

Stay Informed


What is the prevalence of autism in the United States?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.


What medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism?


Medical and mental health issues that frequently accompany autism are gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.


When should children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities?


At 9 months, 18 months, and then at 24 or 30 months. Additional screening might be needed if a child is at high risk for developmental problems due to preterm birth, low birth weight or other reasons.

Quick Facts

An estimated 50,000 teens with autism become adults – and lose school-based autism services – each year.
Around one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
Around one third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.
Research tells us the earlier a child with autism is identified and connected to services, the better.
Most children were not diagnosed with autism until after the age of 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.