Health & Wellness

There are common critical components to every child’s health and wellness. Spaulding Academy & Family Services has three departments that ensure these basic, but important, needs are being met for our on-campus students: Health Services, Housekeeping, and Food Services.


Spaulding Health Services

The Health Services department is committed to delivering safe, excellent care to the children living and learning on-campus, and is qualified to treat those with complex medical, neurological, developmental or behavioral needs. The dedicated, centrally located team includes Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who work closely with the campus Primary Care Provider, Medical Director and Health Services Director to provide:

  • well child physicals
  • episodic illnesses treatment
  • medication management
  • medical appointment coordination (including specialists, dental, vision, and hearing)
  • neurological and psychological evaluation facilitation
  • daily medical maintenance
  • nutritional services
  • immunizations (when applicable)
  • health education classes for the children.

Staff also receives training on medical administration as well as specific health conditions, such as seizure protocols, emergency medications, etc.

An on-campus Medical Director manages the work of the Health Services team with an integrated approach. The Medical Director oversees all medical and psychiatric care of the children in the Residential Program, keeps open lines of communication and initiates consultations with parents, teachers, Health Services staff, and clinicians as required, and consults with medical specialists to best meet student needs. In addition, nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide care as needed.

Children are regularly reassessed as needed throughout their time at Spaulding Academy & Family Services (including annual well child physicals), and medication is carefully prescribed and adjusted on-campus. Parents and guardians are informed of any recommended changes to their child’s medical care, and consents to treat are always sought (except in emergency situations).

Spaulding Housekeeping Team

As Spaulding serves as both an academic and residential home for its children, the in-house Housekeeping Team is committed to maintaining a high standard of care and cleanliness across campus. The team of eight full-time housekeepers and their supervisor are dedicated to their daily responsibilities but remain prepared to tackle unplanned projects. Along with exhibiting great pride in their work, the Housekeeping Team is part of the daily lives of the children – building positive relationships with them and sharing in campus events.

Spaulding Food Services

Students at the Spaulding Academy are provided daily lunches, and special dietary needs and eating protocols are accommodated by the Food Services Program. Staff are trained to follow and support these requirements, including the use of adaptive utensils and trays. In addition, the Food Services Program purposefully works to expand student interest in healthy foods from across cultures and as part of the integrated curriculum. Food Services presents frequent opportunities for students to try new foods while learning about various cuisine enjoyed around the world.

Preparing a nutritious variety of healthy meals and snacks is an integral part of residential life and the independent living skills program. Each cottage has a fully-equipped kitchen where students learn to food preparation skills. Residential students enjoy most of their daily meals together within their individual cottage households.

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Have a Question?

If you have further questions or would like to schedule a campus tour, please contact Nick Silva, Director of Admissions at or 603-286-8901 x204.