Special Education Services
“Sometimes the world forgets about students with disabilities.
At Easter Seals, they don't do that—they care.”
—Jolicoeur School Parent
We believe every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times and that youth function the best that they can. Problematic behavior develops over time, in the context of the youth's life, and serves some function or meets some need for the youth.
We employ a family-driven and youth-guided treatment philosophy. The family is an expert on their child and a partnership with both the youth and his/her family at all levels of treatment leads to successful outcomes.
Our program meets a youth's basic needs within a safe and nurturing environment, while striving to integrate the youth’s community at every opportunity. We seek to engage youth, families and communities in planning the transition from residential treatment to stable permanency.
We also believe in providing services and supports in the context of a commitment to each youth and family to do “whatever it takes” to resolve problems precipitating placement. This commitment includes a no reject, no eject policy.
We believe in the intrinsic value of each youth. Beyond meeting a youth’s basic needs, we strive to help each youth achieve a better life by fostering independence and positive relationships.
Continuum of Care
Our services range from intensive level care in highly structured residential settings to the support of individuals in their community,
family and/or independent living setting. Our educational programs work to ensure that the student has consistent access to education in the least restrictive environment possible as they develop and progress in their treatment.
To support the varying needs of youth and families, services include:
- Family driven and youth guided treatment philosophy
- Therapeutic residential settings
- Foster care and in-home services
- Approved special education schools
- School to work services
- Specialized educational services for youth with autism and other neurobehavioral and developmental challenges
- Instruction and practice in independent living and vocational skills
- Case management
- Psychiatric services
- Family therapy, individual therapy and group counseling
- Nursing and medical case management
- 24-hour on call services for crisis & support
- Year-round Res/Ed programs
Residential & Educational Programs
- The Robert B. Jolicoeur Schools serve students 8-21 with both general and special educational needs. The highly advantageous faculty to student ratio insures exceptional instruction and includes all related services. Our faculty use Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports to help students develop behavioral and social skills. This skill building occurs in a structured setting, supporting and reinforcing the students’ developing self-confidence and self-esteem.
Easter Seals NH is the state’s largest private special education provider. We offer state-approved educational programs that present the least restrictive alternative placement for students with a range of disabilities who cannot be educated or therapeutically served in their home school districts.
Zachary Road Intensive Residential Treatment Facility is divided into two distinct programs: neurobehavioral and psychiatric. Both provide a comprehensive, special education/residential program for males and females, ages 8 to 21.
The Boys Intensive Residential Treatment Facility is located in Manchester, NH in a residential neighborhood. This facility serves individuals who experience diverse mental health and mild cognitive challenges.
The Krol House Boys Intensive Residential Treatment Facility is located in a residential neighborhood in Manchester, NH. It is a licensed facility for 5 boys who need an increased level of independence focusing on teaching life skills and managing mental health difficulties.
Easter Seals Lancaster, NH offers an alternative program designed for boys in need of a wide range of intensive level services. The program serves children and adolescents that are emotionally handicapped, learning disabled, developmentally delayed or physically handicapped along with all levels of intellectual impairments
Easter Seals NH Individual Service Options (ISO) serves either in the family home, a state licensed provider home, a staffed apartment, a roommate model or a semi-independent living arrangement. Our ISO program is certified with the State of NH to provide the following:
- In Home Services
- Foster Care Services
- Child Health Support Services
- Home Base Therapeutic Services
- Adolescent Community Therapeutic Services
- License Foster Homes
Our Professional Staff
The staff at each Easter Seals Res/Ed facility is carefully selected and highly trained individuals who truly care about youth and families. Staff will work closely with the youth and their families to ensure necessary supports are available to reunify successfully.
- Master's Level Clinicians
- Experienced Family Outreach/Case Management
- Full Time Psychiatric coverage
- Certified Educational Staff
- Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapists
- Recreational Therapist
- Nursing Department with Medical and Psychiatric Expertise
- Academic curriculum including art, music and physical education aligned with the New Hampshire state standards.
- Faculty-student ratio ranges from 1:1 to 1:3. Ratio depends on specific student requirements.
- Academic, psychosocial and occupational, physical therapy, speech, and vocational evaluations and testing conducted by
- Individual and group counseling sessions available in every treatment plan. Each student is assigned a therapist and on-call therapeutic support is available.
- Physical, occupational and speech and language therapy are provided in the classroom or community.
- Pre-vocational and vocational training provided in-house and at business sites within the community.
Who We Serve
Easter Seals Residential/Education Services serve a wide array of youth with disabilities and special needs including, but not limited to:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Substance Abuse
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Non-verbal Learning Disabilities
- Speech and Language Impairments
- Sexual Abuse/Trauma
- Personality Disorders
- Self-Injurious Behavior
- Severe Behavior Difficulties
- All levels of the Autism Spectrum
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- All levels of Intellectual Impairment
For more information, please contact the Admissions Department: