Programs & Services

Spaulding Academy & Family Services is a leading provider of educational, residential, therapeutic and foster care programs and services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning or developmental challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and those who have experienced significant trauma, abuse or neglect.



Services to Help Your Child Reach Their Potential

Our collaborative team of experts delivers individually-tailored services to children and families with a variety of needs. These services are provided where they are needed most, through the Spaulding Academy & Family Services School, residential program, clinical services, community-based services and foster care programs. Each day, we strive to provide meaningful experiences to the individuals we serve with the goal of increasing skills for independence and active learning across the lifespan. Beyond our campus, we partner with outside members of each child’s support team to ensure their progress is lasting. The Spaulding Academy & Family Services community actively balances a focus on each child’s right to a childhood, while working to ensure that children and families have the skills to enjoy a bright future.


While each treatment program is unique to the child, our programs are broadly divided into four categories:

  • Neurobehavioral and Autistic Intensive (NB) Program
  • Bridge Program
  • Emotionally Handicapped (EH) Program
  • Individual Service Options (ISO) Foster Care Program

For the specific State of New Hampshire Department of Education disability identifications for which Spaulding Academy & Family Services is approved, please see Credentials and Licensure.

Related Services

Related services are an integral component of treatment and education at Spaulding Academy & Family Services. For those with IEP-related needs, Spaulding Academy & Family Services can offer a full complement of services both on- and off-campus including:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy


AcademicLearn More

Spaulding Academy & Family Services School is approved by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) as a Private Special Education School. Spaulding Academy & Family Services School offers access to NHDOE-approved K-12 general education curriculum. In session year round, certified teachers and professionals provide instruction with modification and accommodation as outlined by each student’s individual education plans (IEPs). To support students’ IEPs, Spaulding Academy & Family Services offers on-site related services, such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy.

At Spaulding Academy & Family Services, we utilize evidenced-based approaches. Our school offers comprehensive educational programming to improve student performance in academic, behavioral, adaptive, social and vocational skills. We believe that all students belong in their home community. We strive to prepare students for return to a less restrictive environment and therefore our classrooms reflect general education requirements and design.


Clinical ServicesLearn More

Our Clinical Services philosophy encompasses the following beliefs:

  • Each child wants to do his or her best.
  • Within each child is the capacity to heal from traumatizing and disrupting experiences.
  • Significant change can be achieved when all components of the environment work together (e.g., school, home, community) to create consistency for the child.
  • Children benefit most from highly-skilled treatment rooted in evidence-based practice.


Community-Based ProgramsLearn More

Spaulding Academy & Family Services is a licensed Child-Placing Agency providing high-quality services to children, youth, and families. For over 15 years, we have provided Individual Service Option (ISO) Foster Care and In-Home Services as well as Child Health Support.

This department consists of a licensing worker, masters level clinicians, case managers and family aides who work together as a cohesive team.


ResidentialLearn More

Spaulding Academy & Family Services’ Residential Program offers a cottage-based nurturing community which fosters the fundamental philosophies of a family unit. As part of our ‘one community’ philosophy, we promote interaction and collaboration between residences.

Children learn and grow best in a warm, nurturing and safe environment. At Spaulding Academy & Family Services, our cottages mirror a typical home environment so that students are free to learn, explore and simply be children.


Experiential Challenges OutdoorsLearn More

In the heart of the Experiential Challenges Outdoors (EChO) program is the belief that every student should have the opportunity for the kind of growth that comes from real adventure.

Through EChO, our classroom is New Hampshire’s mountains, forests, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, marshes and Spaulding Academy & Family Services’ over 500 acre campus. With carefully-planned and designed activities as well as cutting-edge adaptive equipment and techniques, our students learn to embrace challenges and take positive risks in a variety of outside activities.


Health & WellnessLearn More

Our Health Services Department includes a team of dedicated nurses and health assistants. We work closely with families of children with complex medical as well as behavioral needs and are skilled at helping students cope with unfamiliar or anxiety-inducing healthcare processes.

Health Education for students, families and employees on a variety of topics including medications, diet, exercise and preventative health.