South Shore High School (SSHS)
provides challenging academics, therapeutic intervention
and behavioral support.
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M, T, Th, F: 7:45AM-2:00PM W: 7:45AM-12:00PM
South Shore High School
75 Abington Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Norton has a Masters in Special Education and her license as a special education administrator. She has been working with adolescents in need since 1975. She worked in
public high schools for seven years, was the education
director in two residential therapeutic private schools for
fourteen years, and joined the SSEC as the Director of South
Shore High School in 1995.
Timothy P. Handorf, LICSW has worked in the mental health
field since 1979. He became the Clinical Director of the
Collaborative in September 1994. Prior to that, he was the
Clinical Consultant to the Quest and South Shore High School
programs since 1987. From 1981 until 1994, he worked at the
South Shore Mental Health Center in Quincy, MA, first as a
staff clinician and eventually became the Program Director
of the Child and Adolescent Unit. Since 1981, he has
maintained a private practice, specializing in child and
adolescent therapy and providing supervision and clinical
consultation to schools, programs and private practitioners
in the area. He has presented papers and conducted workshops
at the local, regional and national levels on matters
related to adolescent and family issues.
a setting with skilled special education teachers,
experienced milieu aides, and licensed clinical social
workers, students receive support in all aspects of their
school functioning. All of the students have special needs
as defined by Chapter 766 and benefit from small classes,
clearly defined expectations, and a comprehensive clinical
component. Individual, group, and family counseling are
integral components of the program, and medication
management is offered for those students in need.
appropriate for South Shore High are academically focused
and motivated to overcome the challenges that have stood in
the way of their success.
Small classes with special education certified teachers
challenge students while individualizing curriculum to
address issues related to learning style. See our
staff in the shot above.
While some classes are designed to remediate gaps, many
college prep classes are available to help students realize
their learning potential.
therapeutic day school, South Shore High offers students a
wide range of clinical services integrated into their school
School-based social workers provide individual treatment,
group therapy, family work, and a variety of therapy groups.
develop and practice coping strategies to assist them in
managing a range of emotional and interpersonal struggles.
placed on helping students learn to articulate their issues,
using words to resolve the difficulties that previously
surfaced through problematic behaviors.
In addition to school-based clinicians, psychiatric
management and consultation is available, as well as the
services of a full-time nurse with a background in
identify the behaviors that have previously stood in the way
of their success and work to develop new responses.
are involved in collaborative problem solving conversations
to develop an understanding of their triggers and the most
effective coping strategies.
Transition Coordinator assists students in transitional
planning including work-study and community-based
employment, college planning, and connecting with resources
in the community. All students are involved in a
transitional skills curriculum that extends from freshman
through senior year.
A Program within a Program
has services that support students on the autism spectrum,
including high functioning autism, Asperger's disorder,
pervasive developmental delay, and nonverbal learning
disability. One classroom is dedicated to providing all core
content subjects as well as support in language pragmatics,
occupational therapy, assistive technology, and social
skills development. Students in need of these services are
transitioned into the "mainstream" at South Shore High as
they show readiness.
Asperger's Association of New
Department of Mental Health
Department of Children and Families
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education
Advice for Parents and
Educators from Dr. Jeff Turley, Consulting Pediatric