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Will transportation and food be provided?
Transportation is not provided by The McCarton School, but a pick-up and/or drop-off bus service can be arranged. Snacks and lunch are brought from home because many children have individual dietary plans.

How can I register for an event?
Click our “Events” tab for information regarding ticket sales and sponsorship.

How will classes be assigned?
Classes are not arranged according to chronological age. Students are grouped by developmental and functional skill level based on language abilities, ability to attend in groups, and social skills.

Will parents be able to observe their children?
Parents will be able to observe their children through a video monitoring system in the school. We encourage parent visits and observations. Parents are free to observe without an appointment.

Will parent/caregiver training be provided?
Parent and caregiver training are provided, with a focus on self-help, play, and community functioning, as well as specific areas of concern. Parents are encouraged to set up parent training sessions. Many parents will spend 1-2 sessions per week in school with their child.

What if my child is on medication?
Many children with autism benefit from treatment of symptoms by medication. The McCarton School will support its students’ physician-prescribed medication regimens in every way necessary. Dr. McCarton can supervise medication treatment or work closely with whomever the family has chosen to oversee the medication regimen. We also have a full-time nurse to distribute and monitor medication.

What are the differences among The McCarton School, The McCarton Center for Research, The McCarton Training Institute, and The McCarton Foundation?
The McCarton Foundation is the umbrella organization that makes possible the necessary resources to ensure students can reach their full potential. It includes The McCarton School, Center for Research, and Training Institute. The McCarton School provides year-round educational services to 41 children, ages 3 to 13, and has recently expanded its charter to include children up to age 17. The McCarton Center for Research develops and carries out research projects that assess the efficacy of therapeutic and educational interventions for children with autism. The McCarton Training Institute alleviates the shortage of trained autism practitioners by offering hands-on training and professional development. In addition, it provides workshops and seminars for parents and caregivers.

Are there any students on the autism spectrum who are not appropriate for the school?
The McCarton School is currently not handicap accessible. Students in wheelchairs or with severely limited physical abilities would not be able to attend the school.

What are the new locations for The McCarton School and The McCarton Center for Research?
The McCarton School is now located in Chelsea at 331 West 25th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). The McCarton Center for Research is still located in the Upper East Side at 350 East 82nd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues).

How can I have a branch of The McCarton School in my area?
If you are interested in beginning your own school and would like The McCarton School or The McCarton Center to consult with about what would be necessary, please contact Dr. Cece McCarton at