Community Therapeutic Day School


187 Spring Street, Lexington, Massachusetts 02421

Admissions Contact
  • Michelle Traverse
  • Program Director
  • 781-861-7081
Primary Approved Populations
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Emotional Disability
  • Language Impaired
  • Learning Disability
  • Neurological Disorder
Can Support
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Executive Function Disorder
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder

Day Program

7:1:1 Student:Teacher:Aide Ratio

Age Range Served: 3 - 12

Age At Admission: 3 - 10

180 Days of Daytime Operation

30 Maximum Enrollment

< 25% Students Taking MCAS ALT

The Community Therapeutic Day School, founded in 1974, enrolls children with severe emotional and neurological difficulties that interfere with their learning. These children may have problems with hyperactivity, social isolation, psychosis, affective disorders, autistic defenses, atypical development, distracting fantasies, speech and language delays, behavioral disorders, and motor and sensory integration deficits. Many also have difficulty with developing appropriate social relationships. We try to discern if the basis of the disability is emotional, physical, neurologic, medical, linguistic, environmental or some combination of factors. Uncontrolled feelings may affect the child’s overall functioning. The child may have specific organic problems such as vision, hearing, sensory motor, or language processing. Some children have experienced trauma due to their family history or because of the complexity of their challenges and the difficulty of being in the world. Our children have a wonderful array of strengths and talents. At CTDS we support the whole child.