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HEALTH & WELLNESS

The Health & Wellness Department cares for the overall health of our students, including their physical, social, and emotional well-being. Our nursing staff and clinical team work together to establish and maintain personal support plans. This collaborative and thorough approach ensures that each individual’s needs are met and safely managed.

Health Class

Men’s and Women’s Health Classes provide a safe space for individuals to learn about adult health and sexuality. The primary goal is to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to have fulfilling relationships and navigate them independently. Lesson plans are adapted from a variety of curricula and ensure accommodations for individual learning styles, while allowing for group discussion and student-led topics.

Emotional Well-Being Class

Emotional Well-Being focuses on identifying and understanding a wide range of emotions. The class uses games, role-play, written exercises, and projects to illustrate how each person experiences and interprets their feelings differently. Incorporating music, movies, and media into classroom instruction encourages individuals to draw connections and apply what they have learned to their everyday lives.

Clinical Support

Each student is assigned a clinician to aid in their transition to BHMA and support their social and emotional development. While many experience anxiety or have other related mental health diagnoses, we encourage all individuals to access this resource. Our clinicians consult with teachers, families, and other professionals to create and employ visual aids, social stories, or personal support strategies.

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Medical Support

Our nursing staff is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the BHMA community. In addition to providing basic first aid for minor injuries, the department maintains health records for all enrolled individuals and manages medical appointments for residential students. The nursing team also works with outside providers to administer medication in accordance with state regulations.

Music & Movement

Our Music & Movement Program is designed to stimulate, stretch, and energize the mind and body together.  A natural extension of music, movement is an active channel to develop spatial awareness, coordination, and body mechanics. Yoga, Zumba, and Dance Ensemble provide a series of exercises that require listening, following, and implementing directions. Students may also opt to take private lessons in various styles of dance.

Athletics

Participation in sports teaches valuable lessons about dedication and teamwork. BHMA students may compete in Special Olympics soccer, basketball, bowling, and swimming. Through practices, community games, and tournament play, athletes gain self-confidence and learn the importance of sportsmanship.

48 Woodbridge Street

South Hadley, MA 01075

413-540-9720