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Meet Y.A.L.E. Staff Members at the CEC Convention 2014

20140409-145320.jpgY.A.L.E. School staff members will be at the Council For Exceptional Children Convention 2014 in Philadelphia, April 9th—12th in the exhibitors’ hall. Stop by to say hello and learn about Y.A.L.E.’s programs and services. We will be at our booth in Hall A of the convention center until 12 noon on Saturday the 12th. The Philadelphia Convention Center is located at 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA. See you there! Read more about CEC 2014 from the convention’s website: Read More »

Photo Gallery: Physicist and Author Paul Halpern Presents Assembly for Read Across America


Physicist and author Paul Halpern visited the Cherry Hill campus for Read Across America in March and presented an assembly for our Lower School students on the topic of cosmology and our solar system. He also signed copies of his books for our students! Dr. Halpern is a professor of physics at The University of the Sciences and has written thirteen books, all of which you can learn about at his website, phalpern.com. View photo gallery »

Y.A.L.E. Preschooler Included With Peers

Y.A.L.E. School Mullica Twp. campus studentOne of the many benefits of Y.A.L.E. School’s pioneering ‘school-within-a-school’ programs is the chance to receive highly specialized services within a public school, and the natural and easy opportunity for inclusive education.

For four-year-old Logan, a preschooler at Y.A.L.E.’s Mullica Township campus, that opportunity has meant new friendships and learning.

Earlier this year, Logan began spending part of his day in a public school preschool classroom, taking part in computers, circle time, art, P.E. and music. The classroom teacher, Miss Garvey, and her students have welcomed Logan and embraced him as part of the class. Read More »

Y.A.L.E. Northfield Students Continue To Help Food Bank Change Hunger

Y.A.L.E. School Northfield Students Change Hunger AwardOver the past two years students at Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield campus have taken first place in the Students Change Hunger Challenge ~ Division 1. According to classroom teacher Catherine McGowan, this year they collected nearly a half ton of food.

Students Change Hunger is a statewide food drive for schools. Each year, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributes 40 million pounds of food; of that, seven million pounds are distributed out of the Egg Harbor Township facility to more than 280 charities in the area.

“Collecting food for the Students Change Hunger Challenge gives our students, parents, teachers and staff an opportunity to think about those less fortunate,” said Alvin Doyle, principal at the Northfield campus.

This year’s challenge continues the Northfield campus’s track record of helping the Food Bank following their award last year for a record-breaking fundraising effort.

CAPTION: Colette Kraus, Food Sourcing Coordinator at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Egg Harbor Township congratulates Y.A.L.E. School educator Catherine McGowan, whose class took first place in the Students Change Hunger Challenge.

Parent Advocacy: 3 Tips for Future Success

Earlier this winter, leaders at Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield campus presented a free forum: Ensuring Your Child’s Future Success in School. Here are some tips from speakers Ebony Cox and Glenn Martins:

  • Strive to be a partner with the school in your child’s education. Trust and respect by all parties will contribute to your child’s success.
  • At the IEP meeting, inform other members of the team of your child’s strengths. This will assist in the development of positive reinforcers and activities designed to motivate your child at school.
  • Ask for your child to be included in the IEP meeting where appropriate, but especially as he or she approaches the teen years. This will provide your child with a sense of ownership in his/her education, and will lay a solid foundation for the development of self-advocacy skills.

Dr. Rachael Sautter Keynote Address at the 2014 FACES 4 Autism Conference

Dr. Rachael Sautter at Richard Stockton College March 2014The Faces 4 Autism conference was held on March 13, 2014 at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Dr. Rachael Sautter of the Y.A.L.E. School’s Voorhees campus addressed over 100 professionals and parents in attendance with a talk on the topic of repetitive behaviors in children with autism.

Dr. Sautter’s presentation focused on researched based methods for managing challenging behaviors at school and in the home. Dr. Sautter provided the audience with many recommendations that Child Study Teams and parents can implement that will enhance the behavioral and social adjustment of students diagnosed with autism.

Digital Database of Learning Helps Students, Parents and Teachers

Jason James, a master teacher at Y.A.L.E. School’s Medford, Mansfield Township and Northern Burlington campus locations, has made learning and homework more accessible and more fun! He has created an online resource so parents and students can review specific lessons through video. Read More »

NYT Article: “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind shares an adapted section of his book “Life, Animated” in a recent New York Times article describing how his son Owen began to understand the world around him using Disney movies as a guide:

It’s as if Owen had let us in, just for an instant, to glimpse a mysterious grid growing inside him, a matrix on which he affixed items he saw each day that we might not even notice. And then he carefully aligned it to another one, standing parallel: The world of Disney.

Read the entire article on the New York Times website: Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney

Disability Law Expert S. Paul Prior, Esq. to Speak at Y.A.L.E. School, Guide Families as They Plan for the Future of a Child with Autism

Y.A.L.E School will host disability law expert S. Paul Prior, Esq. Prior, who has a brother with autism, will share legal and financial planning strategies to help parents ensure that children with disabilities graduate from school with the skills, supports and connections they need to be successful adults.

“As a brother of someone with autism, I know first hand how much of a challenge is it for families to make the transition from school to adult life. In my work as an attorney, I help parents plan ahead and avoid common mistakes,” said Prior, a partner with Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, Attorneys at Law.

The two hour program, “Planning for a Self-Directed Life: Getting the Support You Need and Paying for It”, is designed for parents, educators and other advocates. It will take place on March 27 from 7 to 9 PM at the Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus, located at 2127 Church Road in Cherry Hill. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Read More »

2014 YTV Video Festival

The 2014 YTV Video Festival will be held on Friday, April 11th after lunch at the Cherry Hill campus. The festival is for Cherry Hill Upper School and Standard 9 students only.

If you are submitting a project to be shown at the festival please follow the submission guidelines below: Read More »