is the nation’s leading provider of behavioral health, therapy and education
solutions for children and young adults. We change the direction of children’s
lives by offering them the opportunity to create successful, independent
ChanceLight serves nearly 19,000 students and clients each year at more than 125 locations in more than 20 states across its three divisions: ChanceLight Education includes Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, which partners with more than 100 school districts to operate schools and programs for students with special needs; and Ombudsman Educational Services, an alternative education program which partners with more than 100 school districts to serve at-risk students.
ChanceLight autism services serves children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, pediatric developmental delays and physical challenges. ChanceLight Therapy offers physical, occupational and speech therapy services for infants, toddlers, children and young adults who have complex medical and developmental needs.
partnering with the District to operate the district’s Behavioral Supports
Program. This new behavior supports program will provide students with
emotional behavioral disorders in grades K-12 with life-changing education and
After a thorough analysis of its
current behavior supports program, the Muscogee County School District decided
partnering with an Educational Company (ChanceLight) would provide access to
resources that could help meet students’ diverse individual needs through
staffing, services, and supports.
One in five
students show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year,
yet nearly 80% of those students who need mental health services do not receive
them. Students with behavioral skill deficits need mental health therapeutic
services from qualified therapists, specialized instruction to learn social and
emotional skills and a safe environment. This program will provide all these
services, plus more.
ChanceLight is uniquely qualified
because we integrate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services with mental
health supports. ABA focuses on improving
specific behaviors such as social skills, behavior reduction, and academics, as
well as adaptive learning skills and independent functioning. ABA is effective
for children and adolescents with emotional/behavioral disorders and it has
been shown that consistent ABA can significantly improve behaviors and social
skills in the classroom, at home and in the community.
program will be in five elementary schools, three middle schools and three high
schools and will include 15 total classrooms (5 Therapeutic Day School
Classrooms/10 Collaborative Classrooms).
A Therapeutic Day School classroom
provides services for students who struggle in a standard academic setting and
who may have fallen behind due to emotional, behavioral, or social skill
challenges. In addition to core academic instruction, a Therapeutic Day School classroom
offers individual and group counseling, behavior supports, social skills
instruction, and academic assistance per a students Individualized Education
Program (IEP) in a separate setting.
In a Collaborative
Classroom, ChanceLight provides the classroom special education teachers,
instructional aides, and student services personnel and implements the
behavioral and educational programs in a general school setting. This ensures
students receive the services they require per their IEPs but in a setting that
allows for interaction with their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent
The Behavioral Supports Program will provide academic and therapeutic services for approximately 140 Muscogee County School District students. Additionally, ChanceLight will be partnering with the District to provide professional development and technical assistance to teachers and staff across the entire behavior supports continuum.
partnership will provide life-changing academic and mental health supports for
students whose IEP team has determined they require intensive academic,
behavioral, and social-emotional supports. The majority of the students in the
program will be identified with an emotional/behavioral disorder per their
IEPs. Students with emotional/behavioral disorders often have co-occurring
diagnoses such as:
Attention Deficit Disorder & Attention
Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Reactive Attachment Disorder
Victims of Abuse/Neglect
This is the first
program of its kind in the state of Georgia. ChanceLight plans to expand the
program within Georgia and to other states. The goal is for the program to
become a national model.