Metropolitan Day School

Metropolitan Day School is an intensive, highly structured day school tailored to meet the needs of students with specific disabilities. Students receive individualized instruction in small group settings and have access to a comprehensive array of services designed to address their physical, emotional, social and educational needs.

We uphold an open policy and maintain a culturally sensitive atmosphere. Our client base reflects diversity in aspects of both culture and age. Metropolitan Day School is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF) and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Education.

The Metropolitan Day School
2824 North Avenue Richmond, VA 23222.3611 T. (804) 321-2595 F. (804) 321-2598 Terry J. Thomas, MED, Director, MDS

    Services Provided:

  • Special Education K-12
  • Autism
  • ABA Services
  • Emotional Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Other Health Impaiiment
  • Career and Technical Education
    • Personal Care Aide (PCA)
    • Med Tech
    • Pharmacy Tech
    • Medical Billing and Coding
    • Phlebotomy
    • Hospitality

Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Home Based and School Based Behavioral Therapy

Associated Educational Services and the Metropolitan Day School are dedicated to serving children ages 5 to 22 diagnosed with autism and other related developmental disabilities. We use evidence-based teaching strategies to deliver highly individualized education and behavioral programming. All of our services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Applied Behavioral Analysis, or ABA, is an effective treatment for children with autism. Offered in a variety of settings, ABA therapy for autism uses a system of positive reinforcement that helps children decrease maladaptive behaviors and learn functional skills.

ABA methods are intended to support persons with autism spectrum disorders in many ways:

  • To increase behaviors (e.g. to increase on-task behavior, or social interactions) and to teach new skills (e.g., life skills, communication skills, or social skills);
  • To maintain behaviors (e.g., self control and self monitoring procedures to maintain and generalize job-related social skills);
  • To generalize or to transfer behavior from one situation or response to another (e.g., from completing assignments in the resource room to performing as well in the mainstream classroom);
  • To restrict or narrow conditions under which interfering behaviors occur (e.g., modifying the learning environment); and
  • To reduce interfering behaviors (e.g., self injury or stereotypy).

Intensive in Home Services

The AES Intensive In-Home Services Program is designed to provide extensive guidance and support to children and adolescents who are at risk of removal from the home due to mental, social, emotional and/or behavioral problems.

Intensive In-Home services are provided and monitored by experienced clinicians available to the client 24 hours a day 7 days a week.This is a therapeutic intervention program with a concentrated focus on individual needs of the client and family.

    Intensive In-Home Services consist of:

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Individual Service Planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Communication Skills Counseling
  • 24 Hour Emergency Response
  • Behavioral Management

There is an eligibility requirement for this program. Participant must exhibit specific difficulties on a continuing intermittent basis. In additional, at least on parent with whom the child is living must be willing to participate with Intensive In-Home Services, with the primary goal of keeping the child with the family.

Therapeutic Day Services

(In-School, After School, Summer, and Out of School Youth)

The AES Therapeutic Day Program is designed to help children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges develop and maintain positive attitudes and age appropriate behavior. Each participant receives and individualized service plan tailored to meet his or her needs by combining psychotherapeutic interventions and educational and mental health treatment. The program combines a highly structured behavioral curriculum with recreational activities that foster self-esteem, teaches positive decision making skills and nurtures family support and cooperation. In addition each participant receives group and individual therapy as well as recreational and educational therapy.

The concentrated goal o this program includes, but not limited to, retaining youth in the community while empowering the family. Through understanding, we embrace differences and encourage success.

There is an eligibility criteria for this program. A minimum IQ of 65 is required. Referred youth must exhibit specific difficulties and maintain certain requirements on a containing intermittent basis.