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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 »

Dr. Rachael Sautter Presenting at FACES 4 Autism Conference at Richard Stockton College

March 13, 2014
8:00 amto3:30 pm

Y.A.L.E. On Cue LogoDr. Rachael Sautter Ph.D., BCBA-D, supervisor of The Y.A.L.E. School’s Voorhees campus is scheduled to appear at this year’s FACES 4 Autism Conference on March 13th at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway.

Dr. Sautter will present a special afternoon workshop called “Assessing and Treating Ritualistic and Stereotypic Behavior for Children with a Diagnosis of Autism: Using ABA to Teach Children to be Adaptive in an Overwhelming and Unpredictable Environment.”

Also attending the conference will be Y.A.L.E. School Assistant Director and school psychologist Glenn Martins, who will be manning the Y.A.L.E. School’s table in the conference exhibitor’s hall. Attendees are encouraged to stop by to say hello and learn more about the Y.A.L.E. School’s specialized educational programs.

The conference opens with keynote presenter Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D. director of the Social Skills Training Project and author of Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, among other books.

The 2014 FACES 4 Autism Conference at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey begins with 8:00 AM registration and runs until 3:30 PM on Thursday, March 13th. Read More »

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 »