Northern Hills Academy
Northern Hills Academy
Northern Hills Academy is a public school that provides programs and services to special needs students who are three to twenty-one years old. Instruction is based on a hybrid of the principles of ABA, including the use of positive reinforcement systems and clearly defined intervention strategies to promote learning and a multi-sensory approach. A strong emphasis on sensory integration is also emphasized to assist the student with self regulation skills needed for success at school and home.
The staff at NHA are highly qualified and able to meet the individual needs of each student. Our physical therapist, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and school behavior specialist work closely with our teachers, paraprofessionals, and school nurse to provide a comprehensive program that can be integrated easily in the classroom. The behavior specialist develops individualized student behavior plans and provides training and staff support to ensure effective implementation of these plans.
The transition program at NHA helps prepare our students for home, work, and community life after graduation. NHA also works closely with Child Study Teams, community agencies, and families to develop plans for adult services. In addition to classrooms that provide effective instructional strategies, NHA enables students to go into the community to work on targeted goals and objectives that enhance the development of communication, academic, social, and safety skills.
In addition to classrooms that provide effective instructional strategies, NHA provides a variety of programs and services. The therapists work closely with vendors to help students obtain the appropriate adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, standers, orthotics, and other specialized equipment that will promote independence and improve life skills.
The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides consultants who work closely with the staff and families to provide strategies for the school and home that will facilitate learning.
Our Pet Therapy program enables our canine friends to visit with the students and promote communication and social skills development. The Swimming Program provides monthly opportunities for students to go to the YMCA to learn about water safety and work on skills across all domains. The Scouting program provides opportunities for all our students to participate as members of Life Scout Troop #700 or Girl Scout Troop #97810. The students attend meetings during the school day and participate in events held at the scouting camps in Allamuchy and Rockaway.
NHA has an active parent support group. Meetings are held on a monthly basis with presentations on specific topics provided at each meeting. Parent trainings and workshops are also available county-wide.
The students travel to various locations including the food store, library, and post office. The program also supports our students’ transition from school to adulthood for both employment and access to community services and activities. The transition program at NHA helps prepare our students for home, work, and community life after graduation. NHA also works closely with Child Study Teams, community agencies and families to develop plans for adult services.
The program also supports our students’ transition from school to adulthood for both employment and access to community services and activities.