Our Students

Finding Success in School and Life

While our students bring with them a wide range of diagnoses and challenging behaviors, the NEARI School is a place they can succeed – sometimes for the first time – because they feel both understood and respected. If your student fits one or more of these categories below, he or she could fit comfortably as part of the NEARI School community.

Attentional or Hyperactive Disorders
  • Lacks capacity to focus on anything academic for any reasonable length of time (but may be able to play video games for hours)
  • Cannot stop “blurting” things out verbally
  • Fidgets
  • Needs to move around constantly
  • Becomes distracted easily
  • Interrupts constantly
  • Talks rapidly
  • Tends to be moody; energetic one minute, deflated the next
Learning Disabilities
  • Is unable to read fluently
  • Can’t comprehend what is read
  • Has difficulty copying from the board
  • Can’t write a complete sentence
  • Shows poor planning and organization
  • Has an inability to shift attention to a different activity
  • Is very clumsy
  • Spaces out in class
  • Has trouble processing auditory information
  • Has poor fine motor skills (i.e., holding a pencil)
Moderate Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Fails to understand abstract concepts
  • Needs concrete instructions
  • Has slow or slurred speech
  • Learns very slowly and requires a lot of repetition
  • Needs visual instructions to know what to do
Trauma (PTSD)
  • Reacts dramatically to certain external stimuli (images, sounds, smells)
  • Appears spacey or not to be “present”
  • Is very obsessive
  • Is regularly weepy
  • Makes excuses, blames others
  • Is often overwhelmed
Mood Disorders: Bi-Polar, Mood Disorder-NOS, Depression
  • Has an inability to manage feelings appropriately
  • Is extremely impulsive
  • Has a low frustration tolerance
  • Has rapidly changing moods or extreme mood swings
  • Has strong emotional reactions to minor issues
Pervasive Developmental Disorder
(PDD: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism (ASD), NVLD, PDD-NOS)

  • Is unable to pick up social cues
  • Has difficulty making friends
  • Requires very concrete instructions
  • Experiences challenges making transitions
  • Exhibits obsessive thoughts and/or actions
  • Gets stuck on seemingly unimportant issues (perseverates)
  • Engages in inappropriate behaviors but requires more than rewards and consequences to change
Mental Health Problems
  • May hear voices
  • Is extremely mistrusting or paranoid
  • Displays extreme mood swings
  • Says things that don’t make any sense
Poor Socio-Emotional Skills
  • Mis-perceives social cues
  • Has difficulty understanding his or her feelings
  • Has difficulty making friends and relating effectively with peers
  • Expresses emotions at the wrong time and/or place
  • Overreacts to minor frustrations and/or challenges
  • Fails to react to emotionally charged situations
Self-Regulation Issues
  • Experiences “melt downs” when under stress
  • “Acts out” when experiences fear, anger, sadness, etc.
  • Withdraws in emotionally charged environments or when confronted
  • Has very low frustration tolerance
  • Responds intensively to certain sensory stimuli or absence thereof