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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

The 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 »

Dreams Come True at Y.A.L.E School’s Voorhees Campus Prom

Audubon Student Voted Prom KingProm. It is a rite of passage for many teens. This spring, the students at The Y.A.L.E. School’s Voorhees campus along with students from the Y.A.L.E. Audubon HS campus will enjoy dinner, dancing and dressing up as they arrive for the campus’s first prom. The theme, “When You Wish Upon a Star, Your Dreams Really Do Come True,’ was inspired by teacher Joy Blatherwick.

“We really want our students and their families to experience the things other students do,” said Ann Davidson, principal at the Voorhees campus. “In planning the prom, we worked to create an event that would be memorable and enjoyable.” Read More »

Team Y.A.L.E. Walks for Autism Speaks

Autism Walk 2013 02More than a dozen staff and students from three Y.A.L.E. School campus locations — Audubon, Mullica Township, and Voorhees — joined forces with tens of thousands of other autism advocates on May 18 for the ‘Walk Now for Autism Speaks.’ The nation’s largest grassroots autism walk raises millions for research.

Team Y.A.L.E., this year donning neon tee shirts, has been part of the event for more than a decade. Read More »

OPINION: ABA & Inclusion – Finding the Balance

by John Barnard M.Sc.Ed., BCBA

First, the good news: Research in the late 1980s demonstrated that intensive intervention delivered through a systematic comprehensive curriculum could result in dramatic outcomes for children with autism. This gave parents and educators much-needed optimism. It also gave clinicians a detailed set of strategies that continue to serve as a theoretical and conceptual foundation for autism intervention called applied behavior analysis, or ABA. Read More »

Y.A.L.E. School Researcher Presents Findings at the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis Conference

Ever wonder how educators learn how to teach complex skills to students with autism? Renee Horvath, a teacher at The Y.A.L.E. School Audubon campus, is a graduate student at Rowan University studying Applied Behavior Analysis. Her work with teens with autism at Y.A.L.E. prompted her to initiate a research study to look at how best to teach students how to do something most of us do every day: use a debit card. Read More »