Y.A.L.E. School News & Events

Category Archives: Audubon News

Rutgers Autism paratransit study looking for adult participants

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at Rutgers University is looking for adults 18 years and older to participate in a research study on paratransit skills for people on the autism spectrum. Participants can earn up to $75 for completing the study. Information is in the flyer below.

Autism Paratransit Assessment Flyer (PDF)

PHOTO GALLERY: Dr. Frank Cicero presents full day workshop hosted by Y.A.L.E. School

5D9B7348Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism programs hosted Dr. Frank Cicero of the Eden II Autism Program in New York for an all-day intensive workshop addressing autism and sexuality.

Guests arrived at the Civic Hall auditorium on the Camden County College campus in Blackwood, NJ where they were greeted by Y.A.L.E. School staff members and students from the Standard 9 transition program. The attendees were a mix of parents, educators, Applied Behavior Analysts, and professionals from local school districts, disability agencies and service providers. View photos

PHOTO GALLERY: Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus students make Easter Baskets to raise funds for school prom

IMAG0158_1Students on the autism spectrum who work at Y.A.L.E. School’s Green Tech Activity Lab recently proved to be “good eggs” when they collaborated to design, construct and decorate hand-made Easter baskets as part of a fundraiser for Y.A.L.E.’s annual student prom, held at the Voorhees autism campus. The students made “grass” for the baskets by shredding paper, which was then used to line the baskets which they individually hand-painted. The baskets were then filled with Easter candy before being sold and delivered to students and staff at the Y.A.L.E. Audubon campus. The project involved many steps requiring a range of skills and skill levels so every student at GTAL was able to participate. Proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards the Y.A.L.E. School Prom social event for students from our autism campuses. View photos

Y.A.L.E. School’s John Wilson and Glenn Martins quoted in front page story of ASAH newsletter

Y.A.L.E. School assistant director and Audubon campus supervisor John Wilson and school psychologist and Cedar Creek campus supervisor Glenn Martins were recently quoted in a front page article from the winter/spring issue of Promising Futures. The newsletter, published by the non-profit organization ASAH, is aimed at school districts and educators. In the article, both Wilson and Martins comment upon the ways that private schools like Y.A.L.E. partner with local school districts to offer unique “school-within-a-school” programs aimed at combining specialized private educational services and opportunities for interaction with similarly-aged neurotypical peers. Read More »

SAVE THE DATE: Workshops on transition and legal guardianship for parents of students with autism

Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus and Y.A.L.E. School Assistant Director John Wilson will host disability and special education expert attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior. The attorneys will present special workshops on the topics of transition, legal guardianship and protected decision-making for parents of children on the autism spectrum ages 14 through 21. Read More »

Save The Date! Jonathan Sabin Director of NJ DDD Office on Autism to Speak at Voorhees Campus

What happens when young adults with autism “age out” of the educational system in NJ? Many rely on the Division Of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to help provide services and supports. It’s a topic that young adults on the autism spectrum and their parents NEED to know about and understand, and accessing services can be confusing. Soon, DDD will be implementing a new “fee-for-service” model and that will bring some big changes to the way people access and pay for services and support.

To address this topic, the Y.A.L.E. School autism programs are hosting an evening workshop with guest speaker Jonathan Sabin, Director of DDD’s Office on Autism on December 4th. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP for tickets now on the event page.

Baby It’s Cold Outside: 5 Ways to Get Your Child Moving

Y.A.L.E. School Mullica Twp Bubbles For AutismWinter can be tough time to get in enough exercise for children on the autism spectrum with opportunities for outdoor fun reduced by cold weather. But there are some indoor activites you can try to promote movement, even during ice and snow season.

Yoga: There are many benefits to doing yoga with kids with autism. It helps improve their strength, flexibility and breathing. It can be used as a calming tool and is a great way to help meet their sensory needs.

Dance: Dance is a fun way to get exercise, which allows children to be creative and expressive. It can improve balance, motor skills and overall mood. Encourage your child to move his or her body fully, getting the blood flowing and the heart pumping—it is a great cardiovascular exercise. Many children enjoy listening to music, so allow your child to pick his or her favorite song and have fun! Read More »

New Green Tech Activity Lab welcomes students

5D9B6364The Y.A.L.E. School is proud to announce its newest transition initiative: The Green Tech Activity Lab, where adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum will have the opportunity to improve work-readiness skills through hands-on learning.

“The lab will provide students with meaningful work experience,” said John Wilson, Assistant Director at the Audubon campus. “It will allow our students to gain experience in an office/warehouse-like setting, and to build skills to work independently, opening the doors to employment when they graduate.”

Transition-aged students from both the Audubon and Deptford campus locations will spend part of their school day learning at The Green Tech Activity Lab. Students will be introduced to a range of jobs from assembly, sorting and packaging; office support, copying and clerical; and, shop skills; to pre-engineering projects in the field of green technology. Read More »

Maintaining Good Behavior At Home: Tips for Reinforcing Your Child

With longer holiday breaks just ahead, parents have asked what they can do to prevent behavioral regression in their child with autism. The following tips from John Wilson, BCBA, supervisor at the Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus, will help moms, dads and other caregivers promote and maintain their child’s positive behavior at home. Read More »

Meet the Y.A.L.E. School Professionals: John Wilson

John Wilson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and certified Teacher of the Handicapped who has been working with students with autism for more than 20 years. He has worked in both public and private school settings, including Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI). His experiences range from classroom teacher to ABA consultant.

Mr. Wilson joined the Y.A.L.E School in September 2012 as a behavior analyst for the Cherry Hill campus where he conducted functional behavior assessments, wrote individualized behavior support plans, and provided staff trainings. This summer, he became the Assistant Director of Y.A.L.E.’s Audubon campus. Read More »