Behavior Modification

St. Madeleine’s Behavior Modification Program is specially designed for consumers with higher level behavioral challenges.

The purpose of this program — which is offered on a consumer-to-staff ratio of 1:3 — is to increase consumers’ level of independence, and decrease their level of behaviors, while they are involved in work and other meaningful activities. Our goal is to improve each individual’s quality of life. We do this by minimizing the level of individual behaviors and modeling how to self-manage their challenges with the support of staff (as needed). We “target” behaviors on a daily basis so that each individual can learn how to self-manage and cope with a variety of situations and environments. The program requires a 1:3 ratio in order to ensure the safety of each participant, and to provide adequate training and assistance. We also have two Behavior Consultants who help our staff increase their understanding of the function of the behavior and assist consumers with communicating their needs effectively. Once a consumer is able to successfully meet the goals identified in his or her Behavior/Individual Service Plan, they will be encouraged to transition to one of our less restrictive programs.


We Couldn’t Do it Without You!

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) is deeply grateful for the dedicated and generous supporters who allow us to provide quality programs that benefit adults with developmental disabilities. There are many ways to support SMSC to help us ensure that we can keep our doors open for years to come.

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Other Programs
& Specializations

Activity Center

Activity Center programs focus on the development and maintenance of the functional skills required for self-advocacy, community integration and employment.

Adult Development Center

The goal of the Adult Development Center program is to offer a variety of opportunities, which aim at increasing the level of independence, as well as improve the overall “quality of life” for those we serve.

Senior Program

This program is open to those aged 50 and over. Our primary focus is the promotion of an environment that is conducive to the discovery of recreational alternatives, the improvement of an individual’s leisure skills, and enhancement of the retirement experience for our senior population.

Supported Employment

Supported Employment services are aimed at finding competitive work in a community integrated work setting for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who need ongoing support services to learn and perform the work.

Adaptive Computer Training

This innovative program trains adults with developmental disabilities to learn basic computer skills using adaptive technology equipment that meets each student’s individual need.

Aquatics Program

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Aquatics Program offers quality classes, year-round, to the general public and to our SMSC students. Swimming is an enjoyable social and/or recreational experience that also provides a broad spectrum of health benefits.

Culinary Arts Training

These courses qualify students to prepare and serve daily meals. SMSC’s goal is to teach skills that will help students find employment opportunities in the food service industry.

Employment Services

SMSC’s Employment Services Program is a community-based program that serves adults with developmental disabilities who are in the process of acquiring vocational skills, and generally need support and direction in obtaining and retaining employment.


Developing communication skills is important. At SMSC a licensed speech/language pathologist assesses individual speech and language abilities and provides instruction and activities in small group settings.

Organic Garden

Our two-acre organic garden site includes a flourishing natural habitat; complete with ADA approved meandering pathways, contemplative spaces and opportunities to commune with nature. In addition, our gardens serve as a reality-based work training environment.