Residential Services

When your student has complex needs that may no longer be met at home, your student will benefit from the structure and consistency between The Guild’s day school program and our homes. The consistency across both positive and nurturing residential and day environments are a key factor in ensuring favorable outcomes for your student.

At The Guild, our residential services are provided in comfortable, safe, family-style homes located in suburban neighborhoods. At his/her Guild home, your student will focus on skill development for independence. Sleeping arrangements are in bedrooms, not in dormitories. Many of our visitors are surprised and delighted when they find each student’s bedroom decorated with personal belongings, pictures and favorite items from home.

Your student’s safety and comfort are ensured by the following:

  • Staff-to-student ratios are typically from 1:3 to 1:4, but are routinely adjusted to meet individual student needs.

  • Awake, overnight staff perform bed checks every 15 minutes throughout the night.

  • Doors and windows are alarmed.

  • Medication storage areas are locked.

  • Security cameras are located in common areas.

  • Yards are fenced.

  • Homes are centrally heated and air-conditioned.

  • Routine home repair and maintenance is provided by an on-staff crew.

Teaching staff, behavioral specialists and therapists work with students in their homes as well as at school. After helping students with morning routines and breakfast, staff members accompany students to school, where the learning continues. Also, your student will have a single unified Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and a single unified behavior plan that all staff members will implement across all settings. In addition, all residential staff members work together on Wednesdays to meet on specific student issues, receive training and ensure continuity across all residential shifts. This coordinated staffing pattern creates a positive environment for making progress.

Community-based activities occur daily. The Guild prioritizes skill practice and generalization through typical activities of daily living. With each home having access to two or more mini-vans from The Guild’s vehicle fleet, your student and our staff are easily able to participate in activities your student loves and needs for improved independence in the community.

Learning activities of daily living, making friends, using new and improved social/coping skills and having fun are all combined into your student’s busy residential life. After the first several weeks at The Guild, you will be amazed at how much more your student is able to do on his/her own and how busy his/her days are. And, after a period of growth and stabilization, you will be pleased to learn strategies shared by Guild staff members that will help home visits go smoothly. The program works to support students to function better across their day. Whenever possible, the intention is to have your student step down to a less restrictive environment or return home.