Students in the Explorers program most often have a primary disability of autism.

Overview of Explorers

The Explorers Program, comprised of five to seven classrooms, supports students with autism and significant global delays to develop foundational language, sensorimotor, and self-regulation skills essential to learning. Daily schedules and routines are structured and consistent, with age and developmentally appropriate play or break opportunities provided. 

Speech and Language Therapists work directly with students 1:1 and then integrate effective strategies for expressing their needs and preferences into all academic and daily, functional routines.  Similarly, Occupational Therapists assess and teach students sensory integration strategies to enhance brain development, regulate senses, and replace anxiety with feelings of security and calmness. Many students benefit from increasing their focus and attention through discrete trials training in their classrooms, with oversight and training provided by a certified behavior analyst.  

Therapists work side-by-side with Teachers and Paraprofessionals to integrate goals and strategies so that students acquire and strengthen academic and functional skills throughout all activities.

Explorers Program Highlights

Ages & Grades

The Explorers program accommodates individuals ranging from ages 3 to 22, covering grades from Pre-Kindergarten to 12+ (Post Secondary).


The Explorers program focuses on the following disabilities: Autism, Intellectual Impairment, Developmental Disabilities.


All Explorers Classrooms are located at the Henry Owen School in Chelsea. For Pre-K to Elementary, the operating hours are from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, while Middle, High School, and Post-Secondary programs operate from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

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Food Service

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