About Our Schools
Our schools provide a broad range of individualized services in the most normal and least restrictive setting as possible. We believe in fostering consistent and coordinated teaching strategies across all disciplines and environments.
The philosophy of the Groden Center emphasizes stress reduction through strong relationships with staff to maximize learning and positive coping, along with active engagement with families. Our model emphasizes Behavioral and Positive Psychology approaches, with practices including ABA techniques, positive behavior supports and improving well-being by providing programming to enhance kindness, resiliency, optimism, and other areas.
Special emphasis is given to relaxation techniques and the implementation of cognitive picture rehearsal, which was created by Dr. June Groden early in the establishment of the Groden Center.
Our staff provides the most supportive and safe environment as possible to enable our students functional, communication, physical, vocational and life skills as well as develop a greater awareness and development for the world around them.
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The Groden School Team Includes:
• Clinical and behaviorally-trained PhD-level psychologists
• Behaviorally trained supervisors (BCBAs)
• Certified Special Education Teachers
• Speech & language pathologists
• Occupational therapists
• Adapted Physical Education staff
• Highly trained direct care staff
In keeping with our 40-year mission, families are at the core of what we do. Our family services team ensures that caregivers have the latest information and strategies to support classroom learning.
How We Are Funded
All children are constitutionally guaranteed a free public education. When it is determined that a local school district is not able to provide appropriate education, the school district will provide funding for the student to enroll in a non-public school. These funds may be a combination of state-level funding from the RI Department of Education and local tax receipts.
As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit we supplement these public funds with a robust fundraising campaign. For more information on how you can support our efforts, click here.
Need a Referral?
Our clinical team reviews referrals weekly and each potential student is screened at their home and/or school. Careful consideration to ensure that the Groden Schools would be the most suitable placement in terms of meeting the needs of the student. Families of suitable candidates are invited to tour our facilities, learn more about the program and meet staff.