Programs and Services


ABA (6:1+1)


Adapted Physical Education


 Beginning Years

Brasher Falls 
Canton (ABA)

Collaborative Day Treatment Program (6:1+1)


Community Connections (6:1+1)


Diverse Learning Needs (12:1+1)


Extended School Year School-Based
Extended School Year Preschool

Life Skills Program (12:1+1)


Management Needs Program (8:1+1/6:1+1/6:1+2) 

Heuvelton and Lisbon

Specialized Alternative Program (6:1+1)


Transition Services 


ABA (6:1+1)

Program Description
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES has been offering research based services for students with autism since 1996.  Scientific research demonstrates that interventions based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are the most effective treatment for autism.  Our preschool and school-age classrooms provide intensive individualized programs for students with autism based on the principles and instructional methods of ABA.  Highly trained teachers, related service providers, and teaching assistants work collaboratively to teach a broad range of skills with the goal of maximizing each student's potential.
Onsite Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA's) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA's):
  • Provide training to all program staff.
  • Oversee implementation of the ACE© Curriculum.
  • Provide careful data analysis and evaluation to ensure the most effective instructional and behavioral treatment.

The Program School Social Worker:

  • Offers opportunities for families to discuss concerns relating to their child in both the home and school environments.
  • Provides ideas, and activities to encourage generalization of mastered skills from school to home.
  • Assists in identification of needs and ways to address them in the home.
  • Provides assistance in knowledge of community services and ways to access them.

Classrooms are NYSED approved with student to teacher ratios of 6:1+1 in the school-age classrooms, and 8:1+4 in the preschool classroom

  • Special Education Teacher.
  • Classroom Teaching Assistant.
  • Speech Therapist.
  • Occupational Therapist.
  • Adaptive Physical Education Instructor.
  • Related Service and additional Teaching Assistant support as requested on the IEP.



Specialized staff training is critical for the success of the program; staff members are provided with initial and ongoing professional development.
  • All staff receive ongoing training on autism spectrum disorders, the principles of ABA, discrete trial instruction, incidental teaching and task analysis, the ACE, and other related topics.
  • CALM© De-escalation and Physical Intervention Training.
  • Ongoing training by program behavior analysts.
  • Cross training is provided through a consultative model by related service providers.
  • Literature Reviews.


Classroom Structure and Curriculum

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES uses ABA based instructional techniques to teach new skills and behaviors that are then gereralized to the home and community.  Our classrooms use the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia© (ACE).  The ACE is a program developed by The New England Center for Children, an internationally recognized school for autism treatment and education.  The New England Center for Children describes the ACE as, "...the culmination of over 35 years of research and practice...It provides our BCBA's and Special Educators the ability to assess, teach and evaluate progress using evidenced based procedures."
The ACE contains customizable curriculum in:
  • Discrimination
  • Academic Communication
  • Self-Help
  • Recreation and Physical Education
  • Health and Safety
  • Social Skills
  • Vocational and Community Skills


Each student has an individualized program, which will include the following when appropriate:

  • Individual 1:1 instruction
  • Social skills groups
  • Independent work
  • Special area classes
  • Community outings


Parent Component

Parents are vital in helping children succeed.  That is why we involve parents and families in their child's education.  Parent education opportunities, a support group, workshops, and other resources are available in order to foster an overall family approach to each child's wellbeing and personal growth.
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES provides the following opportunities for parents and families:
  • Access to literature, resources, videos and books from the program library.
  • Monthly parent meetings facilitated by the school social worker.
  • Ongoing written and verbal communication with instructional staff.
  • Consultation and home based support from the school social worker, instructional staff and behavior analysts.

Adapted Physical Education

Through a continuum of services, students will be provided with the most successful arena for participation in Physical Education in the least restrictive environment.
Program Description
  • A service delivery system that includes assessment, placement, prescriptive and developmental teaching, and fitness and leisure counseling.
  • A program of medically prescribed therapeutic exercise, education and adapted physical activity.
  • A diversified program of developmental activities, games, sports, and rhythms suited to the interests, capabilities and limitations of students with disabilities who may not safely or successfully engage in the vigorous activities of a general physical education program.

Who can benefit from Adapted Physical Education?

  • Physically challenged students
  • Students with motor delays
  • Students with poor physical fitness
  • Emotionally disabled students


Program Goals

  • Develop and maintain both a level and knowledge of physical fitness commensurate with the demands of daily life within a community.
  • Develop and maintain efficient fundamental motor patterns, body awareness and control.
  • Acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the wholesome use of leisure time.
  • Develop and play in cooperative and competitive physical activities.


Support Systems

The Adapted Physical Education Program works closely with many other programs and personnel such as:  Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Regular Physical Education Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Assistants, Counselors and Community Agency Personnel (e.g. Cerebral Palsy Clinic).
Outcome of Students
The students will, through an effective delivery method, be successful in Physical Education, in the least restrictive environment.

Assistive Technology

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides for assistive technology (AT) in the educational setting. An AT device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially or off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities. AT services are those that directly assist a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an AT device. AT services include:

  • The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child.
  • Assisting in the purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of AT devices for children with disabilities.
  • Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing or replacing AT devices.
  • Coordinating and using other therapies, intervention, or services with AT devices, such as those associated with existing education rehabilitation plans and programs.
  • Training or technical assistance for a child with disabilities, or, if appropriate, that child's family.
  • Training or technical assistance for professionals or other individuals who provide services to or are otherwise substantially involed in the major life functions of individuals with disabilities.

Who Would Benefit From AT Services?

  • Students who cannot independently access the school environment and/or curriculum.
  • Students who need accommodations/technology for integration into the classroom setting.

What Services are Available through the BOCES AT Department?

  • Evaluation of a student, within his/her educational environment to determine AT needs.
  • Assistance in choosing, designing, customizing, and troubleshooting appropriate AT equipment.
  • Provision of resources to acquire equipment when needed.
  • Education and training to the student, his/her family, and school staff as to the use of AT devices and equipment.
  • Provision of consultant services to school districts that may include offering suggestions for AT use in the school and classrooms.

Who are the Members of the BOCES Regional AT Teams?

The BOCES AT team provides services throughout St. Lawrence County. Team members may include special education teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.
How Do I Initiate a Referral?
  • Complete a BOCES Student Technology Consultation Referral Form.
  • Complete a BOCES Request for Evaluation of Related Service Form.
    • Both forms can be obtained through the local CSE office.
  • Send both completed forms to the district CSE office for authorization from the CSE Chairperson.
  • The CSE Chairperson will forward the completed packet to the Canton BOCES office for assignment to the BOCES evaluators.