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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
Inclusion Day Program
ASPIRE Afterschool Program
Irving Afterschool Program
Connecting With Care
Multisystemic Therapy

General Questions

How much do your programs cost?  Are there scholarships?
All AIP programs are either free or have a nominal charge with a sliding scale available.  Ability to pay is never a criteria for enrollment.  For more information, see the specific program descriptions under School Programs.

How can I sign up my child?
A few of our programs have open enrollment to any student at the school.  The rest are accessed only via referral.  For more information, see the specific program descriptions under School Programs.

Do you serve snacks and meals?
Students can get breakfast and lunch at all of our schools.  All students receive a snack at our afterschool programs and can receive breakfast, lunch and snacks at our summer programs.  Students are served breakfast and lunch at the Saturday Scholars program (Frederick School only).

Are your staff employees of the school?
No, AIP is a private, non-profit agency that partners with your child's school. AIP staff members work very closely with the school administration and staff.


Inclusion Day Program

How do I get my child into the program?
Referrals to the program are the result of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process that demonstrates the child needs the high level and types of services the program provides.  It is not necessarily the right program for all students with emotional or behavioral problems. Boston Public Schools have many other programs that might be a better fit for your child. After the initial referral from the Boston Public Schools Special Education Department, AIP will meet with parents and child (and sometimes with other stakeholders) to assess whether it is an appropriate fit.

What does it mean to attend AIP’s Inclusion Day Program?  What is the focus or goal?
We have high expectations of students, expecting them to work hard to make changes so that they can succeed in mainstream education.  The goal is that the student will work to move on, first into partial inclusion and then back into regular education or non-behavioral special education.

What are the hours?
The hours are the Irving Middle School’s hours: 7:20 am to 1:35 pm.

What is the curriculum? What is the workload like?
We use the same curriculum and academic classes as all Boston Public Schools—English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  The workload is the same as regular education classes in the Boston Public Schools so that when students transition from inclusion into regular education classrooms, they are not behind in their schoolwork.

What will be expected of parents?
A great deal.  We assume that parents will be intimately involved in their child’s education.  The counselors and teachers will communicate frequently with the family.  We work with parents to develop home-school plans to help facilitate better school success both academically and behaviorally.  Parents come to the school for conferences and treatment planning meetings, as well as for Parent Nights and other events. At home, parents are expected to facilitate homework from all classes every evening.

What is expected of students?
Students are expected to come to school every day on time, prepared to learn, with all the materials they need.  They are expected to follow the school district’s Code of Discipline, just like all other students in the building.  Although we may have additional consequences for misbehavior, the school rules are the same for our students as for everyone else in the building.  We maintain high academic standards and expect that students will be doing their personal best academically, emotionally, and behaviorally.  We expect students to work hard to try to address the problems that have been getting in the way of school success.  We find that most students are highly motivated to make the changes required for their return to mainstream classes.

Who will be there to help my child?
Public school teachers in the classroom teach the lessons.  In addition, there is a behavior specialist for each classroom and in the “time out” area, to help students academically, to provide tutoring, and to support them behaviorally and emotionally.  Our full-time on-site clinical social workers will meet with students weekly for counseling and conduct weekly therapeutic groups.  They are available as often as needed for check-ins and emergencies.  The social workers are the primary contact with the family and other team members regarding social/emotional issues, and teacher regarding academic progress.  The program’s social workers are also available for home visits, family meetings, referrals, and advocacy. 

What happens after school and in the summer?
AIP’s Therapeutic Afterschool Program and Summer Program offer Inclusion Day students the opportunity to participate in supportive programs where they can get help with their schoolwork, enjoy fun activities, and interact with typical peers.  These programs are staffed by the same team of professionals who work with them in school, providing continuity to help them manage their emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges.  The therapeutic design of these programs builds in many supports that enable students with emotional and behavioral challenges to succeed in these informal education environments.


AIP Therapeutic Afterschool Program at Irving Middle School

Will my child get all her homework done?
We provide a one-hour homework period, staffed by a behavior specialist or other staff.  Students are required to complete their homework before they engage in recreational activities.  Students who need extra help can attend Supplemental Educational Services tutoring and can work some extra time on their homework, if needed.

Do you provide transportation?
Since the afterschool program is only for students at the Irving School, you only need to provide transportation home at the end of each day.  In the summer, parents must arrange for transportation both ways. 

What if I can't afford the fee?
Scholarships are available for our therapeutic afterschool program and our Summer Program.
Contact the Irving Afterschool Program Director for more information.



AIP ASPIRE Afterschool Program at Frederick Middle School

Will my child get all his homework done?
We provide a one-hour homework period. We encourage students to complete at least two assignments. Students who need more time may spend an additional 30 minutes completing their assignments during the activity period.

Does my child really have to stay until 6:00 pm? I just need her to complete her homework, and then she can come home.
 We only enroll students in ASPIRE for the whole afternoon.  There is no option to come until 5:00 pm only because we believe the enrichment, prevention groups, and social and recreational activities are equally as important as homework in contributing to a child’s healthy development.

ASPIRE Afterschool Program is a therapeutic program that offers services to develop the “whole child”-- body, mind, and spirit. Healthy development means that students need time not only to do their homework, but also to participate in recreational, artistic, athletic, and other enrichment activities and support groups.   These activity choices run from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The opportunity to participate in our fun activity choices at the end of the homework/tutoring hour often serves as the motivation a child will need to stick with their studies all day long. 

Does the program provide tutoring?
Tutoring is offered to students needing extra help in the ASPIRE Afterschool Program. We also run the Saturday Scholars program, which provides 2.5 hours of tutoring on Saturdays during the school year.

What if I can't afford the fee?
Scholarships and sliding scale are available for both of our therapeutic afterschool programs and both of our Summer Programs.
For the Frederick, Contact the Afterschool Program Director for more information. 
For the Irving, Contact the Irving Afterschool Program Director for more information.

My child is in Special Education. Can he/she still join your program?
Yes, we'd be happy to meet with you and your child to see in what ways we can be of help. AIP serves many Special Education students in our Afterschool and Summer programs.


Connecting With Care

My child has been seeing a Connecting With Car therapist this year.  Can my child continue therapy over the summer?
Yes, your child can continue treatment with her/his mental health clinician over the summer.  Depending on whether your child’s school is open, the clinician can see your child either at your child’s school, at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, or at the clinic run by the clinician’s agency.  However, your clinician’s summer hours and availability might change, so this should be confirmed with the clinician.

I don’t want the school to know certain information about our family.  How can I be sure that our confidentiality is protected?
All of our clinical partners are licensed mental health providers and therefore take client confidentiality very seriously. The purpose of sharing information is to coordinate services among the key providers in your child’s life.  This maximizes the likelihood of a successful treatment outcome.  A Release of Information form is required for the clinician’s own agency as well as AIP/Connecting With Care so that we coordinate services.

What if my child needs medication?
Your child’s clinician will assess the need for a psychiatric referral.  If it is warranted, the clinician will make a referral to a psychiatrist at the clinician’s agency.  In general, periodic visits to the agency will be required to monitor the treatment regimen.  If your child needs to take medication during the school day, arrangements can be made for the school nurse to administer the medication.


Multisystemic Therapy

Is there a charge for these services?
No, services for eligible children are paid for by the Mass. Department of Children and Families.

How can I get services for my child?
At present, services are available only by referral from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Failies, Greater Boston Region. 

What ages are the children you serve?
MST accepts children ages 10 to 18.


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