"Crossroads School for Children provides a happy and safe environment, which is clean and well maintained. The staff, students, and parents are each a welcome part of the school community. There are many opportunities for parents and families to be involved in, such as going to meetings, activities, and events. Some include a parent advisory group, student days, support groups, communication books, and staff who are available to parents. Students participate in many activities, such as Special Olympics, plays, and other sports and games. The staff proactively anticipate students' needs and are able to address diverse student issues. Respect for students, other staff and families are evident. The current administration is available to staff as a resource. Files and records are organized, and staff are appropriately trained and kept professionally current."
Massachusetts Department of Education - August 2007
"We never saw Dougie so excited to get to school everyday until he started going to Crossroads. He had never talked about his classmates before. Within a short time of being at Crossroads he started mentioning his friends by name. It was a fantastic experience to see such a smooth transition. The wonderful staff got to know Dougie so well. We can see why he enjoys school so much now. They work so diligently with the students, but also know how to put the fun and excitement into learning. The rewarding experience is seen by all.
As with all children with autism, behaviors come and go. There was one very obsessive behavior that was going on for years. We thought we had known the reason for it but couldn't break it. The first week at Crossroads, the real reason and the way to eliminate it was identified. Within days the behavior had disappeared. It was miraculous!"
Debbie and Doug (Parents)
"As parents of a child with autism, we have made Michaela's education our number one priority. She has spent time in two different school systems where she made progress, but intuitively we knew we hadn't found the "right" fit to best address her significant needs. That is until we found Crossroads School for Children in June 2004. This was the first time in years that we finally expelled a huge sigh of relief. We had found a school that understood the immense power that autism has over our child. We discovered an organization that is diligent, vigilant and prepared to fight for Michaela, our family and others facing autism! The Crossroads community has changed our lives in a profound and positive way."
Amanda and Michael (Parents)
"The day that we visited Crossroads for a tour and intake with the director, we left that meeting thinking this was finally the place for Matthew. And since then we have not been let down. As we face each new challenge with Matthew's ever changing needs, the dedicated staff is there and ready to take Matthew on. We really feel they are here to help provide an environment for our son and other children to face autism head on and are helping us hurdle the obstacles Matthew faces with autism every day to help him be able to cope in today's society."
Julie & Joel (Parents)
"My son, Michael, has been attending Crossroads School for Children for close to three years now. He has made some giant leaps since attending Crossroads. He is now potty trained (and believe me this was a great achievement) and very hard to accomplish. I thought he would never get to where he is and we owe it to the dedication and commitment of the Crossroads staff. Michael also has some other great skills, his language has expanded, he is more aware of his surroundings, he is more tolerant to accomplish tasks that he doesn't like to work on. When Michael does something that is not acceptable, the staff immediately informs us of it and addresses it so that it doesn't escalate out of hand. Also, we were having difficulties with Michael's sleep habits and we received great feedback from Kevin Hardy and he helped us break Michael of his bad habits and helped us introduce some healthy habits. The staff is remarkable here at Crossroads School for Children. They are all dedicated and caring individuals that deserve so much credit. We are truly blessed to have our son attend Crossroads School for Children."
Anytime my son and my family have needed anything, Crossroads has always provided it for us. They have gone above and beyond what a school has to provide. No problem is too big for them. They "get" autism. Sometimes it's hard for people to understand when they don't have a child with autism, but somehow Crossroad gets it. It's not just one staff member, it's all of them. When I couldn't get my son on the bus the staff came to my house at 7:00 a.m. (I live 45 minutes from the school.) When I couldn't go to my older, typical child's baseball games, Nicky's OTA came and taught Nicky and us how to help him sit through a game. It meant so much to my older son who wanted his parents to come to his game and has had to endure a great deal already because of autism. The staff care a great deal about the children -- it's not just a job to them. They truly care about us. You don't find that everywhere. They are very child focused and family friendly. We used to live in the black hole of autism, but through the help of Crossroads we began to see the light. When I would drive him to his old school he would cry as soon as we entered the parking lot. Now he waits at the door with his backpack on. Before, people were afraid of him and grimaced when it was their day to work with him. My son is no longer a throw away kid who everyone has given up on. He doesn't sit in the corner flapping his hands and staring into the florescent lights away from everyone else because his behavior scares them. He went to school for two years and never made a picture. Now he sits at a desk working, or in a circle singing songs, or making pictures and even talking. His favorite word is "hug". I was told he would be an 18 month old forever (and a 6 month old for language). Now he dresses himself. He brushes his teeth. He uses a utensil to eat and he doesn't climb on the furniture, he sits in it. He waits. He stops. You would never believe how important the little things become. Our lives would be very different if we had never known Crossroads. It would be devastating. Now Nicky lights up the room with his big personality. I always knew he was in there, it just required some truly special people to reach him. "
"I began working at Crossroads three years ago and I love it! The students we work with are the biggest draw for me. It is truly a good feeling to watch how positive reinforcement and consistent applications of principles of ABA can help change a child's life. Currently, I'm taking graduate classes and will soon graduate with my masters in education. Crossroads' tuition reimbursement benefit covers most of my expenses. I was able to go to the ABA conferences in both Chicago and San Diego as part of my professional development opportunities."