The Lead School's Counseling Program actively advocates for students of all backgrounds. We support students by building personal relationships, while preparing them for the challenges they will face, both inside and outside the classroom, and throughout their lives.
Students engage in 90 minutes per week of therapeutic group activities appropriate to their age and level of maturity. Every morning, students complete a morning check-in sheet, which evaluates their specific needs such as sleep and eating patterns, emotional well being, and school and home life.
Mindfulness is an important component of all our therapeutic groups. The Lead School's therapeutic program follows DESE's grade level expectations in the areas of social emotional skills, academic skills, and career development.
Our hope is to prepare students for post-secondary academic achievement and professional success. We help students discover their strengths and abilities and empower them to explore various opportunities. In addition, we strive to provide a comfortable and safe school environment for everyone.
Daisy, Our Therapy Dog
Our therapy dog, Daisy, is part of The Lead School's mission to address the needs of the whole child and to further our trauma-informed mission. According to the National Institute of Health, having a dog present in the classroom promotes a positive mood and provides significant anti-stress effects on the body.
Pet therapy lowers stress hormones. Therefore, just being in contact with a a therapy dog calms kids down when they're upset, helps keep their anxiety at bay, reduces feelings of anxiety and depression, and enables them to focus on learning.
Younger students like to read to Daisy and the older students enjoy taking her for walks or hanging out in their classrooms with her.