SOAR Program

For 18-22 year olds with Asperger’s Syndrome, anxiety disorders, and other related challenges


Program Overview


NEC offers three unique programs for secondary and post-secondary students through age 22 with moderate intellectual, mental health, and learning disabilities.

Program Description

SOAR is a specially designed transition program for students with Asperger’s Syndrome, anxiety disorders and related diagnoses.

The goal of the program is to assist students in transitioning to college and the world of work and to support students in becoming confident contributing members of society.

The SOAR program is located on the campus of Salem State University. Students will experience the benefits of campus life while learning life and career skills such as travel training, organization, study skills, and social functioning.

The program is geared toward students through age 22 motivated to prepare for the next level of independence on a college campus or in the work force.

Program Components

  • Life skills

  • Curriculum (self-awareness, self-disclosure, self-advocacy)

  • Time Management

  • Physical education (self-calming, self-regulation, yoga)

  • Study skills (test preparation)

  • Class etiquette (how to speak with different levels/ relationships, etc.)

  • Organizing work

  • Group skills

  • Negotiating (Compromising skills teaching brain function, language)

  • Community Trips

  • Transportation

  • Leisure

  • Social Skills (dating, roommates, hygiene)

  • Vocational

  • Use of assistive technology

  • Independent Living Orientation Program (Residing in SSU dorms for one week with support) *additional fee from family




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