Year-round, community-based programming
The Guild is known for its year-round, community-based programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities who have complex needs, including autism, mental health diagnoses and maladaptive behaviors. The Guild’s population benefits from our extended-year academic instruction and/or full-year residential services. The Guild’s program is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
The Populations We Serve
The Guild provides services for school-aged males and females, ages 6 to their 22nd birthday, who require day and/or residential educational services.
The Guild offers a residential services program for adults who have celebrated their 22nd birthday.
Intellectual disabilities (ID)
A diagnosis of Intellectual Disability (ID) necessitates specialized education to promote learning and progress. The Guild’s learning environment is designed to serve students with a wide range of ability levels and diagnoses.
All Guild students have some type of ID, ranging from mild to severe. Many are on the autism spectrum. Some Guild students have chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome or Cri-du-Chat, and others have a dual diagnosis of ID and a mental health diagnosis, such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder.
Because there is a great deal of variability among special learners, each student’s educational program is individualized.
Many Guild students have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in 59 American children, including one in 37 boys, is diagnosed with ASD.
At The Guild, our students with autism and other developmental disabilities benefit greatly from the school and residential services we provide. We help them to lead high-quality lives and participate meaningfully in society.
Dual diagnosis (ID/MH)
Students with a diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental health issues (ID/MH) will have the ID diagnosis throughout their lives, but they may experience MH issues periodically. When they are not experiencing MH issues, they have needs similar to students who have a single diagnosis of ID. However, if they are experiencing MH issues, then The Guild is likely an appropriate placement.
There are a variety of mental health challenges experienced by Guild students, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder.
The Guild is able to serve children, teens and adults with dual diagnoses successfully due to our model of working as a multidisciplinary team to ensure the education and care of students and adults.