Pilgrim Area Collaborative Extended Services
Deb Booth, PACES Director
“Learning Beyond the Classroom”
At PAC, we recognize additional supports, outside of the typical school day, are often needed to support educators, students and their families. Therefore, in addition to a comprehensive offering of daily academically-based programming, the Pilgrim Area Collaborative offers specially designed home-based programs, consultation, professional development, assessments and evaluations, as well as parent workshops and after school activities through our Extended Services program (PACES).
The philosophy of the PACES program derives from a combination of behavioral and developmental orientations. PACES programs are designed to maximize children’s learning by developing strong parent and professional partnerships. Through the partnerships established within the home and school our experienced staff share their specialized knowledge and provide parents and educators with training and consultation to develop skills in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as other evidenced based, best practice interventions and strategies. The PACES program helps parents, educators, specialized service providers and support personnel to master specific strategies, which enables them to teach children new skills and effectively support challenging behaviors.
All services are coordinated by Masters Level and/or Licensed Staff (BCBA, LABA, DESE) with extensive training and expertise in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Social Thinking™ as well as empirically validated, (evidenced based, research based) and developmentally appropriate treatment and intervention methodologies. Highly qualified direct service and instructional support staff provide services within the school, home and/or community settings.
An array of services are available to school districts and families through the PACES program which are designed to equip parents and professionals with the skills needed to effectively support students in the school, home and community settings.