Education and Autism Services

The Education and Autism Services focus on the continuum of care throughout the lifespan of individuals we support diagnosed with or without an autism diagnosis. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) has been incorporated into a specialized approach that utilizes specific interventions and strategies and applies them within the NHS School model for special education students.

Services include:

NHS provides homes for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis in diverse communities. Although these types of services must meet state regulations, there is a great deal of flexibility in the way these homes are designed and operated.

Adult Autism services are designed for individuals over 16 years of age with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis who require specialized activities designed to enhance skill development and independent living.

NHS provides Behavioral Specialist, Community Inclusion, and Supportive Employment for individuals who receive the adult autism waiver. The waiver is operated through the Bureau of Autism Services and is available for individuals over the age of 21 who meet the qualifications. Currently, there are a limited number of slots for the waiver. For a waiver application please contact the Bureau at 1-866-539-7689.

The NHS Schools can provide behavioral and educational consultation within your home district. This consultation is provided by a master’s degree level clinician who will review educational documents and collected data, observe the student and make recommendations to create a tool box of strategies to help the students and faculty be successful throughout their school day. The clinician will work closely with the teachers, and problem-solve areas of concern as a team player in the IEP teams. The number of consultation hours is determined by the IEP teams and they are reviewed annually. These prescribed hours can be utilized as either related services provided directly to an individual student, entire classroom or as supports to school personnel, or a combination of both, to meet the unique needs of the student. By district request, a one-time consultation is also available for acute issues or specific staff training.

The Emotional Support (ES) Program provides educational and behavioral expertise to students grades K-12. The program provides students whose academic achievement has been impacted by behaviors and emotional challenges a new opportunity. The Emotional Support Program provides unique learning styles for all students who are eligible. The Emotional Support Program offers a therapeutic component through group and individual lessons and support on a daily basis.

The NHS Schools offer an Extended School Year Summer Program for students with autism spectrum disorders Cognitive, Social or Emotional needs.. The teachers and staff provide:  
  • Specialized programming
  • Individualized reinforcement systems
  • Daily data collection
  • Academic, recreational, and community outings
  • Instruction based on individualized education plan goals 
This program is in session Monday through Friday for five hours per day from the end of June to the end of July. Students may attend ESY even if they are not enrolled during the school year.

In-District Classrooms offer public schools an alternative to educate within their own district while providing behavioral support to their students. NHS Schools specialize in programming for autism, cognitive, emotional and socialization challenges as well as the PETALS (Promoting Educational & Tangible Alternative Life Strategies) Education Program. In-District Classrooms provide additional programming to students who require a higher level of care and need additional supports to be successful while remaining in the public education setting.

NHS Schools are Licensed Private Academic schools for students in grades K-12 (ages 5-21) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Cognitive, Social or Emotional needs. By blending behavioral expertise and education, NHS Schools partner with families, school districts, and community organizations to provide a quality educational environment that promotes individual student growth. Our goal is to teach students the skills necessary for success in the general education setting and to transition them, as appropriate, back to a less restrictive environment within their home school districts, competitive employment and independent living.

For more information, please visit

PETALS (Promoting Educational & Tangible Alternative Life Strategies) Education Program for Girls is a community based, specialized classroom for girls who are in need of a safe and educational learning environment that takes into account the unique academic and behavioral health needs of girls and young women. This program provides an alternative for girls who are at risk of more restrictive levels of care due to challenges experienced in a public school setting and for those who may be transitioning and reuniting with their families and communities after discharge from an out-of-home placement such as residential or foster care.

The NHS Schools are excited to offer the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) in collaboration with the transition program. The PAES curriculum is a hands on researched-based program that is used in middle and high school to prepare students for job opportunities. PAES provides an accurate understanding of student performance and employment potential; work and life skills training; vocational work assessments; work exploration; appropriate work behavior development; and data collection and student reporting.

Small Steps Learning Center is a full time preschool program supporting children, ages 5 weeks to 5 years old, with and without developmental delays. We believe that nurturing early learning allows children to discover and develop into exceptional students.

This transition program is designed to meet the individual needs of 18 to 21 year-olds who are preparing to become attend postsecondary education, live in a group home or independently, attend post-secondary education or who will remain in their current living situation. The program provides individuals with the skills they need to be successful and active members of society and as independent as possible in the community, workforce, and life. Our goal is to prepare our students for independence and foster the skills needed as they move through adulthood.

The NHS Stepping Stones Program is a clinically and therapeutically based program offered to children/adolescents who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The site-based program is highly structured and allows participants to practice skill generalization and to transfer learned skills to a new environment. The Stepping Stones Program has a 2:1 ratio, which is maintained at all times to facilitate engagement in a variety of activities targeting individual participant needs. The program offers the opportunity for community involvement.

The program was created as an alternative to traditional, more intensive (1:1) in-home BHRS services. Staff work with participants in both the structured group setting and the community integration activities. Sessions are grouped by age 3-7 and 8-14. Participation must be deemed medically necessary by a licensed evaluator and may be prescribed a maximum of 15 hours per week and can be provided in conjunction with BHRS services.

NHS Summer Transition ESY will prepare students for future vocational placement. The students will learn the employment process and soft employability skills. Transition services embrace practical learning and provide experiential teaching and simulated opportunities for young adults in order to enhance their self-esteem, personal growth, and self discovery process. Student success will be measured by daily data collection and pre and post professional reviews. This is a great opportunity for students to explore, volunteer, and work in a variety of settings in order to determine their most appropriate job placement.

The Train, Assess, Perform (TAP) Program supports the public school district students ages 16-21 with transition services. Students from the public school district attend an NHS School 2-3 days a week, in a group environment, with a 1:3 ratio. The TAP Program is made up of a variety of components, including soft employability skills, leisure/recreation, day programs, post-secondary education, independent living, community resources and self-advocacy. Students have access to work in a simulated environment to learn the necessary skills needed to be successful in an employment opportunity. The NHS Schools work with students and businesses to form a partnership where students work and volunteer in the community.

NHS Transition Program is designed to meet the needs of students ages 14-21. The program has been divided into four different levels to encompass all students and their abilities. Students are accurately placed into their levels using the Brigance Transition Inventory and the Brigance Inventory of Early Development II. Vocational placements consist of job exploration, job shadowing, simulated work environments, in-school franchises, volunteering and community-based worksites. Students also have the opportunity to explore post secondary education. Our goal is to prepare our students for independence and foster the skills needed as they move through adulthood.

Education and Autism Statistics

(click the thumbnail images below to expand)

number of consumers by state
number of empployees by state
data as of 5/1/2016