30 Common Street, Watertown MA 02472
What is Connections?
The Connections Program provides a continuum of comprehensive services to
students with autism and related disabilities. This district-wide
program exists currently at the preschool, elementary (based at Hosmer),
and middle school levels. Students referred to Connections are those who
require significant specialized supports across domains in order to make
effective progress. This continuum of supports ranges from case management
by a Connections special education teacher to placement in a substantially
separate Connections classroom. While all services are individually
tailored to each student’s unique needs, the Program is guided by
principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The Connections Program strives
to implement evidence-based practices within the public school setting,
providing students with opportunities to learn and grow in supported
inclusion as often as appropriate.
What is the Connections Leadership Council?
The Connections Leadership Council is made up of Watertown faculty and
administrators who meet on a monthly basis to ensure that services for
students with autism and related disorders are consistent, using an evidence-based teaching approach, throughout grades K-12.
Amy Magill and Janelle Tribble
Co-facilitators of Connections Leadership Council
ABA and Structured Teaching