Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The K.I.T.E. Center (Autism, Jackson, TN)

The K.I.T.E. Center
Jackson, TN

The KITE Center is designed to provide individualized educational programs for students with learning differences, language delays and Autism so each student can achieve the height of their potential.

The KITE Center offers individualized skill level curriculum and therapy programs for development of language, socialization and behavior.

The K.I.T.E. Center offers developmental therapy and individualized educational services including: curriculum, language, social skills and behavioral development. The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) approach is utilized in conjunction with the discrete trial protocol for a comprehensive and individualized program using multi modalities, reinforcing each child's strengths and improving areas of weakness.

This method of teaching has been proven effective for teaching a variety of skills in small, incremental steps that give students credit for any advancement in level of performance.

Our low student/teacher ratio allows for a truly comprehensive and individualized curriculum and therapy program and the added component of practicing skills in a hands on environment makes The KITE Center a revolutionary program designed to meet the needs of a variety of students with special attention given to each student's needs and each families concerns.

Visit the Kite Center here.

The Highlands Center for Autism

The Highlands Center for Autism
Highlands Center for Autism
5080 Ky. Rt. 321
Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653
(606) 889-6115

The Highlands Center for Autism is a private, year-round day school serving children from the earliest diagnosis through school age. The educational foundation of our program is based on ABA, which is an approach that is grounded in decades of research. We offer the only center-based program in Kentucky using ABA in a clinical educational setting. We are a mirror program of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism.

Governor Tours Highlands Center for Autism

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Palm Beach School for Autism Implements Apple iPads in Curriculum

Using funds received from a TD Charitable Foundation grant, The Palm Beach School for Autism purchased 15 Apple iPads to be implemented in both the general curriculum and with the speech and language therapists. Studies have shown that the use of Apple iPads can extend short attention spans, demonstrate understanding, and improve communication skills. Applications like Proloquo2Go provide a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbol, powerful automatic conjugations, default vocabulary of over 7,000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPad.

"The Apple iPad fosters improvement across a wide area of skills such as visual and auditory memory, independent functioning, social/emotional, receptive/expressive language, pragmatic/social language and cognitive skills,” said Paula Perretz, speech and language pathologist. “Children with autism have different styles of learning, and the iPad addresses both auditory and visual learning styles. The iPad has apps which help increase desire and motivation to learn, attention to task, short and long term memory, and enables the interaction and development of communication as it is truly a revolutionary high tech dynamic display AAC device.”

The Palm Beach School for Autism, a charter school located in Lantana, Florida provides a developmentally appropriate intense behavior intervention program for children with autism and related disabilities. It addresses the learning needs of its students through individual educational plans, a highly trained teaching staff and choice of curricula to suit the individual needs of the student.

For more information about The Palm Beach School for Autism, please contact Josh Hirsch at (561) 533-9917 or via e-mail at You can also find us on the Web at
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About The Palm Beach School for Autism:
The mission of The Palm Beach School for Autism is to provide a developmentally appropriate education using intensive behavioral strategies for students with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities..

The vision and purpose of The Palm Beach School for Autism is to demonstrate that all age students with autism spectrum disorder can learn to lead successful & fulfilling lives through a structured educational program using strategies tailored to each student’s needs.

We address the learning needs of the students that we serve through individual educational plans, a highly trained teaching staff and the choice of curricula to suit the individual needs of the student. Each student’s program will be designed with their unique behavioral traits in mind to overcome their cognitive weaknesses and emphasize their strengths. Behavioral modification is critical to reach academic success for the child with autism spectrum disorder.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Former Sheffield school bought for children with autism

A former girl's private school in Sheffield is to become a school for children with special needs.

Brantwood School, in Nether Edge closed in February 2010 after the Royal Bank of Scotland said it was no longer financially viable.

The building has been bought by Freeman College to become a residential school for seven to 18-year-olds with autism.

David Huff director of Freeman College said he was "delighted" and hoped the school would open in September.

... More at BBC