The Students

Eager to Succeed

NEARI offers a unique educational and treatment experience by integrating the best of traditional clinical and educational approaches with “cutting-edge” brain-based work. This model is particularly effective with traumatized youth who require a range of self-regulation strategies and whose behaviors and reactions are too often interpreted as problems of attitude, motivation, or oppositionality. NEARI has trained its Trauma Model throughout the state and nationally (our model follows the central tenets of Bessel Van der Kolk’s ARC model with the addition of significant brain-based/neurological interventions).

NEARI’s Transition Program, for students 17-22, provides life and work skills training along with job coaching and support for post-secondary education. These students enjoy their own separate space at NEARI with specialized teachers and coaches and spend a considerable amount of their time in placements in the community.

NEARI offers its brain-based assessment and remediation services to selected children, youth, and adults in the community. Call NEARI’s Associate Director, Dr. Penny Cuninggim, M.A., M.S.W., Ed.D. for more information or to make an appointment: 413-540-0712 ext. 24.

For those professionals interested in gaining a better understanding of NEARI, the students we serve and our general and brain-based approaches, we welcome and encourage you to visit the school. Call Dr. Steven M. Bengis, Executive Director, to schedule an appointment: 413-540-0712 ext. 12.