Greetings from GTAL at the Ellisburg Campus! It’s been a busy holiday season, here at Green Tech Activity Lab! The students have really outdone themselves with several special seasonal projects, while managing their normal workload. Along with taking some time out of their busy schedules to wrap some gifts for staff members, our Green Tech students assembled the Y.A.L.E. School […]
Do you need holiday gifts wrapped this season? You probably didn’t know that the Audubon campus offers gift wrapping services at Green Tech Activity Lab! Our students will wrap your gifts for you. We also design and produce hand-made holiday greeting cards! For more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
Y.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 […]
Students 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Winter 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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Prom. 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 […]
More 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By John Barnard, M. Sc. Ed., BCBA A recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reported that some children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may outgrow symptoms as they grow older. This type of news may seem encouraging to many families but, based upon my personal experiences, I worry about the long-term implications.
At The Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus, teens are getting a “Whole” lot of community-based learning and hands-on vocational experience. Through a unique collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Marlton, students with autism get to experience what it is like to hold a job at a local supermarket.
Sean Keegan, a student at our Audubon campus, was recently featured in an article in the Courier Post newspaper. Sean was chosen by the students of Audubon High School to be the Prom King at their 2012 Senior Prom. Sean was previously a student at the Y.A.L.E. School Voorhees campus and now attends one of Y.A.L.E.’s unique “school-within-a-school” programs. Congratulations, […]
Zora Berman, M.A., recently joined the leadership team at The Y.A.L.E. School. She provides behavioral support to the teachers and students with autism at The Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus. “I am thrilled to be part of The Y.A.L.E. School community and am deeply honored to be a part of the team that ensures the continued success of the Audubon campus,” […]
Sometimes, seemingly small changes can mean big improvements in the lives of a student with autism. For 18-year-old Daniel Moynahan, a student at Y.A.L.E.’s Audubon campus, these successes can be measured in nearly all aspects of his learning. With encouragement from staff and peers, along with his own dogged determination, Daniel is meeting—and surpassing—many of the goals set for him.
John Barnard, an accomplished clinician and educator, joins the Y.A.L.E. School team with almost 20 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in both home-based and center-based instructional environments.
Take a close look at the Y.A.L.E. School’s community-based transition programs in action: you will see students working on job-readiness, pre-vocational pursuits, general safety, leisure time, and independent living skills in community settings.
by Dr. Rachael Sautter The Y.A.L.E. School autism program has grown and expanded since 1997. Since its inception, it has been devoted to applying the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to instruction for children with a diagnosis of autism. ABA is a data based and analytical discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior, and all interventions […]