A 45-Day Educational Assessment for Adolescents
The Interim Assessment Program (IAP) is designed for middle and high school students demonstrating significant emotional and behavioral difficulties within the school setting.
Students referred for placement present with complex clinical and educational histories that have caused them to violate the school discipline code, be ineffective students and/or be resistant to attending school. Some have been temporarily excluded; others may be in transition between placements. Given the nature of the population, physical restraints are included in the behavior management protocol at Wayside Academy.
The IAP is designed to stabilize behavior within the context of a comprehensive therapeutic educational setting and provide information to assist the public school in developing an appropriate educational program for the student. Students placed at Wayside IAP benefit from the expertise of a multi-discipline team of professionals trained to assess academic, emotional and behavioral functioning. Referrals are initiated by the public schools. Contact your child’s school or Wayside for more information.
Goals of the IAP
- To stabilize behavior and provide a clinical profile of student functioning;
- To provide a Functional Behavioral Assessment and recommendations for intervention and management strategies;
- To assess academic skills and provide a profile of levels of mastery and learning style that will contribute to school functioning;
- To provide recommendations for transition services to support the student, family, and the school;
- To support the student in reaching a better understanding of their problems, increasing control over his or her impulses, and improving his or her academic functioning
The IAP is a component of the Wayside Academy, an approved private special education day school. Wayside Academy provides a structured, therapeutic academic setting tailored to address the referral questions and presenting individual needs. Instruction is available in predominately the math and English curricula areas, and can be guided by curriculum of all academic content areas of the referring school district. Academic instruction occurs in small groups and individualized sessions. Creative art and a rigorous physical education program are an integral part of the program. Each day students participate in a clinical group designed to enhance social skills, their emotional world, and coping skills. Parents/guardians are expected to be involved with the professionals working with their child.
Recommendations and Transition
At the conclusion of the IAP, the Team, composed of professionals from Wayside Youth & Family Support Network/Wayside Academy, the referring public school, and the family meet to review the assessment reports and develop a plan for transition to an appropriate educational setting. Participation of advocates, agency representatives or other professionals is determined by each case.
Upon request, the clinical staff can complete psychiatric and psychopharmacological assessments.