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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.

Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs Present Jonathan Sabin of NJ DDD

December 4, 2014
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present a special evening workshop for young adults on the autism spectrum and their parents:

Jonathan Sabin
Director, Office on Autism,
N.J. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Event Location

The Y.A.L.E. School Voorhees campus
1004 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043

Mr. Sabin will discuss the services and supports available through DDD to assist people on the autism spectrum in this free 90 minute workshop which is open to the public. Who is eligible to receive DDD services? What is the application process for services? What will the upcoming transition to a “fee-for-service” model mean for those who are already accessing services and supports via DDD? Find answers by attending this workshop!

Seating is limited. This workshop is free but we ask that you RSVP online if you plan to attend.

Learn more about the Y.A.L.E. School autism programs at yaleschool.com/autism

Workshop Flyer

Download the flyer for this workshop (PDF)

Event Registration and Details

This event is free and open to the public, educators, advocates, and parents of Y.A.L.E. School students at all Y.A.L.E. campuses. Y.A.L.E. School staff members are also invited to attend.

All attendees must register online for free tickets to reserve their seat(s). Questions please call (856) 346-0007.

Y.A.L.E. School at the 2014 Autism New Jersey Conference in Atlantic City

October 23, 2014toOctober 24, 2014

Come see the Y.A.L.E. School booth at the Autism New Jersey Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center on October 23rd and 24th. We are proud to support Autism New Jersey at their 32nd annual conference! Stop by and say hello!

Parent Training Workshop: Gastrointestinal Problems in Autistic Children With Dr. Ritu Verma MD

October 13, 2014
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

The Y.A.L.E. School Voorhees campus presents a special parent training workshop for parents and guardians of children with autism and autism spectrum disorders entitled “Gastrointestinal Problems in Children” with Dr. Ritu Verma, MD of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Read More »

Learning to Bounce Back: Experts Talk About Resiliency in Students and Young Adults

Dr. Peter GerhardtMore than 60 parents and educators braved torrential rains and wind to hear autism experts Dr. Peter Gerhardt and Katie Curran discuss strategies to enhance resiliency and happiness at the Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus. The program, A Spectrum of Happiness: Fostering Resiliency, Flexibility and Optimism in Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum, provided an overview of research in the rapidly growing field of positive psychology. Read more about how to help build resilience and ‘grit’ in your student »

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 »

Workshop Event: Dr. Peter Gerhardt and Katie Curran “A Spectrum of Happiness: Fostering Resiliency, Flexibility and Optimism in Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum”

April 30, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

The Y.A.L.E. School presents a special evening workshop for parents, educators, and advocates entitled A Spectrum of Happiness: Fostering Resiliency, Flexibility and Optimism in Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum featuring Dr. Peter Gerhardt & Katie Curran.

For any young person growing up, life has its ups and downs. The ability to ‘bounce back’ from mistakes, setbacks and disappointment is a key aspect in coming of age. For many adolescents and young adults on the spectrum, resiliency “grit,” and optimism are hard to come by, especially as social demands and expectations for independence increase.

In this two hour program, parents, educators and others will learn from experts about “the science of hope,” and how to teach young people with ASDs the skills needed to persevere to achieve long term goals, re-bound and get back on track, and how to develop and maintain a “glass half full” outlook about life.

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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 »

Preparing the Next Generation of BCBAs

Dr. Rachael Sautter’s commitment to the field of autism and applied behavior analysis goes beyond the doors of the Y.A.L.E. School; it reaches into the future.

Sautter, director of Y.A.L.E. School’s Voorhees campus for students with autism, and an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University, provides supervision for professionals who are working to become board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs).

Sautter meets with clinicians weekly. As part of the mentoring relationship, they have an opportunity to monitor data on specific students at Y.A.L.E., and to take part in behavioral assessments. Read More »