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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my student enrolled into your program?

Students are enrolled into our program by the school district. Unfortunately, we do not accept students with private tuition.

What requirements does my student need to have in order to be accepted into the program?

Students must have an IEP in order to be accepted into our program. Then it is determined by the students’ school district and NWSOIL supervisor if the student would be a good fit into the program.

What behavior management style do you use with the students?

We focus on positive behavior intervention systems, collaborative problem-solving and therapeutic approaches. Each student requires an individual approach used, determined by the situation that is presented to NWSOIL staff. Each campus has Behavior Intervention Specialist that are trained to verbally deescalate students as well as crisis management techniques to help students learn to replace negative behaviors.

Do you treat Autism?

We do not treat autism but we work with students that are on the autism spectrum. We collaborate with outside agencies that specialize in autism to provide continuity of care.

How are you related to Fairfax Hospital?

We are a behavioral branch of Fairfax hospital. Although we are connected with Fairfax and are able to use their resources, we do not send our student to the inpatient unit when presented with behaviors.

What diagnoses do you work with?

ADHD, PTSD, ODD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (low and high functioning), Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, FAS, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Seizure Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Impulse-Control Disorders.

Do you provide medication management?

We have a consulting school psychiatrist that collaborates with school staff and families to help provide medication management if needed.

Do you have therapist on staff?

Yes, we have a program therapist at each campus as well as master’s level counseling interns that work with our students in a group setting and individually as requested. Our program also offers recreational therapy which helps students with social skills, team building, and community integration. Each campus structures their therapy groups differently based on the student population.

How are students transported to the school?

Transportation is provided by the student school district, either by bus, cab or private transportation.

What does a typical day look like?

We start accepting students at 8:30am. Class begins at 9:00am; all of the academics are done in the students class based on their IEP goals and academic needs. We serve lunch at 11:30am. Throughout the day students will have varies group activities based on their needs as well as the ability to access our computer lab with positive behavior. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday we release the students at 2:30pm and every Wednesday we release the students at 12:30pm.

Do I have to provide a lunch for my student?

NWSOIL provides breakfast and lunch for all students. If your student is a particular eater or has a special diet need, parents can provide their student with lunch, we do ask that they send healthy options and limit the amount of sugar.

What does my student need to bring to school on a daily basis?

We provide our students with everything they need in order for them to be successful students. Best practice for our parents is not to send the student with anything in order to help us with power struggles. We do not allow any electronics in the building due to privacy laws. We have minimal locker space for student’s belongings.

Can my student elope from the building?

We are considered a least restrictive school environment; all of our doors are locked throughout the day to ensure the safety of our students. Students are not allowed to leave the building during the school day, unless they are going on approved field trips.