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The Walker School, located on Berkley Street in Taunton, Massachusetts, is a historic elementary school. It’s a hip-roofed two-story brick Georgian Revival structure. Its main facade, which is arranged in a 4-3-4 pattern, is 11 bays wide. The main entrance is set in a round-arch opening in the middle bay, with small oval windows in the flanking bays; the remaining fenestration is sash windows.  The school was designed by local architect E. A. Crane and built in 1895 on land donated by local businessman William Ellery Walker. [two] In 1984, the structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places. [two]
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This was my first full week at The Walker School in Needham, Massachusetts.
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The Walker School provides a number of special education and mental health resources for infants, youth, and their families, including comprehensive therapeutic and academic programs. An Intensive Residential Treatment Program, an Intensive Community-Based Acute Treatment Program, a hospital, and a summer camp are all available on the Walker Needham campus. The services are designed for children aged 3 to 15 who have serious mental, behavioral, or cognitive difficulties, as well as those who have experienced previous trauma, such as sexual violence or interrupted foster placements. These services create therapeutic learning and living environments for children, allowing them to learn, develop, and recover while also allowing them to successfully integrate into society.
As an intern in the Intensive Residential Recovery Program, I will work as part of a treatment team to address the social, recreational, mental, and educational needs of children with serious emotional and behavioral problems, as well as previous trauma histories. I can help to create a healthy and therapeutic environment, as well as assist with the implementation of treatment protocols, by planning, implementing, and participating in social and recreational activities. I’ll also co-lead activity-based classes for small groups of kids, work one-on-one with kids to help them strengthen their academic skills, and help kids have developmentally acceptable and normalizing experiences like reading before bedtime.
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The Walker School completed a major redesign to its campus this summer, adding new classrooms, a gym, and other enhancements to support its students who have a variety of mental, emotional, and social challenges. The Walker School is a private special education school for students aged five to thirteen that is based in Needham, Massachusetts.
Previously, the Walker School had three structures, one of which was a hexagon-shaped structure from the 1960s that had “outlived its useful life,” according to Danielle Wetmore, M.Ed., the school’s principal.
Walker now has one two-story building that houses all of their classrooms, rather than three. Being in the same building has made it easier for younger and older students to collaborate. Students, for example, engage in “reading buddies,” in which older students read to younger students and vice versa, according to her.
Transitions are often easier when all is housed in one building. Some students swap classes for math and reading groups, according to Wetmore, in order to “truly individualize students’ talents and needs.” She explained that the two oldest classrooms—for sixth through eighth graders—switch classrooms for science and social studies.
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The Walker School is a Chapter 766-approved academic day program for kids with high-risk habits, serious mental illness, language problems, learning disabilities, and/or high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Serious trauma, records of sexual, physical, or emotional violence, disrupted foster placements, and psychiatric hospitalizations are common among Walker School students. At the time of enrollment, 85% of Walker students have extreme behavioral issues, 40% have a reported neuro-developmental deficit, and more than 35% have complex language-based disorders.
Many of the children at Walker have become emotionally exhausted as a result of these issues, and have a history of academic failure. They have developed an aversion to school as a result of their failed attempts to learn to read and improve math skills, which jeopardizes their full participation in family and community life. We believe that, considering their significant obstacles, these children will learn. And they do at the Walker School.