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

Archive of all articles tagged: Asperger’s

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 »

ASPEN NJ Chapter Meeting / Guest Speaker

February 26, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Burlington/Camden county ASPEN chapter meeting. Topic: Take Five Program and College Preparation for Asperger’s
Speakers: Kristin Pragle, MSW, LSW, Take Five Program Director, and Margaret “Peggy” Chapman, Assistant Director, Y.A.L.E. School

Y.A.L.E. Assistant Director Margaret Chapman Quoted In Magazine Article On Relationships & Sexuality

Y.A.L.E. Assistant Director Margaret Chapman was quoted in a new article for People & Families Magazine published by the New Jersey Council On Developmental Disabilities. The article, entitled “Forging a Life of Love, Intimacy, and Connection” describes the challenges people on the autism spectrum face when navigating intimacy and romantic relationships. The article also mentions several tips for parents of children on the spectrum about how to talk about sexuality and relationships from expert Dr. Isabelle Hénault.

You can read the full article online at the NJCDD website here, and learn more about the topic of Asperger’s and sexuality from Dr. Hénault in our article, Having A Frank Discussion — Dr. Isabelle Hénault Talks To Students About Sexuality And Asperger’s (including video and more tips for parents).

ASPEN chapter meeting

December 18, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

ASPEN NJ Burlington/Camden County chapter meeting at the Cherry Hill campus.

ASPEN Chapter Meeting at Cherry Hill campus

September 25, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Monthly ASPEN Chapter Meeting now being held at the Cherry Hill campus.

For more information or to attend a chapter meeting, please see the ASPEN website.

Y.A.L.E. School at ASPEN NJ Fall Conference

October 27, 2013

Y.A.L.E. School will exhibit at the ASPEN NJ Fall Conference at the Hilton Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.

Opinion: Finding The Right Place For Students “Lost” In The Education System

Dr. Sarah AllenBy Dr. Sarah Levin Allen
Earlier this month, Amy Mackin wrote an article for The Atlantic magazine about her experience as the mother of a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder entitled How My Autistic Son Got Lost in the Public School System. She highlighted some of the most important challenges facing special education, and the critical role of parents. Public school systems are charged with educating students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. They are experts in education, but they must rely on external experts for specific clinical and medical input. “Outside” clinicians and medical professionals often have a limited understanding of schools and classrooms, and therefore can only be so helpful. I have watched clinicians argue over a correct diagnosis while weeks, months, and years go by, and all that time, schools must continue to educate students. Public schools can only do so much. That is one reason why many parents have turned to homeschooling—which may not be an option for some parents—or private placement. Read More »

Y.A.L.E. School “On Cue” Speaker Dr. Mieke Goossens Addresses ASPEN Chapter

Y.A.L.E. On Cue LogoRecently, Dr. Mieke Goossens, School Psychologist at the Y.A.L.E School Medford and Mansfield Township campuses spoke to parents and professionals involved with the Burlington County ASPEN group about the educational process of transitioning students from self contained to mainstream settings.

She highlighted the hidden curriculum within mainstreamed settings and the necessity of teaching social and executive skills to be successful in the transition process. Read More »