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 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 […]
By Glenn Martins September was National Preparedness Month, so Fall is a good time for school administrators to consider how well they are prepared to prevent and manage the unanticipated. According to former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, “The midst of a crisis is not the time to start figuring out who ought to do what. At that moment, everyone involved […]
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 […]
Vincent Mallon’s patience, kindness and compassion have touched the lives of thousands of students with disabilities. Mallon came to The Y.A.L.E School in 1980 when the school had only two campus locations. He joined the staff as the school’s first wood shop teacher. As the expectations for positive outcomes for students with disabilities grew, Mallon kept pace by expanding services […]
The Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield and Williamstown campuses now offer an extended array of supports for students with mental health needs and their families including psychiatric evaluations, consultations, liaison/outreach to students’ private mental health providers, and training, information and support for caregivers regarding psychopharmacological and psychiatric treatments. These specialized school-based mental health supports will be provided by Dr. Andres J. Pumariega, […]
The Y.A.L.E. School will appear at the 7th Annual Autism Conference at LaSalle University on Friday, May 3rd 2013. Temple Grandin and Eustacia Cutler are the keynote speakers. If you are attending this sold-out conference, drop by the Y.A.L.E. School booth in the exhibition hall to chat with our staff members. See you there!
Members of Team Y.A.L.E. from our autism programs will again participate in the annual Walk Now For Autism Speaks walk-a-thon to raise awareness of autism and funds for autism-related research. Anyone who would like to join our staff members for this walk can register online to help Team Y.A.L.E. reach their fundraising goal. You can also come to the walk […]
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 […]
An article about mental health care in schools by Y.A.L.E. School Northfield campus principal Alvin Doyle was recently published by Common Ground a NJ disability and special-ed newsletter. From his article: As a nation, we strive to create educational environments in which students feel safe and can learn, and in which educators have the tools and strategies they need 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.
Even before she left college, Jacquelyn Nowak knew she would teach children with autism. While a student at Towson University, Jaci worked as an assistant at a summer program for children with autism. “I worked alongside an amazing teacher and fell in love with my job,” said Jaci. Each summer, she returned to the same class – an experience that […]
Y.A.L.E. School Northfield campus principal Al Doyle was quoted in an article about school violence for the Las Vegas Guardian: Reconsider the building itself. At school entrances and exits –remove all glass doors, and consider a ‘lock box’ entrance with bullet proof glass. This will allow secretary to lock and hold the offender in the room until the police arrive. […]
Tomeka Sanderlin is more than an educator—she is a mentor and role model. Now a third year teacher at The Y.A.L.E. School’s Williamstown campus, Tomeka knows firsthand what it is like to struggle. Sanderlin grew up in southern New Jersey and before graduating high school, gave birth to her first child. Instead of becoming a statistic, she entered college and […]
Recently, 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 […]
Dr. Mieke Goossens of the Y.A.L.E. School Medford and Mansfield Township campuses will give a presentation to the Burlington/Camden County chapter of ASPEN on November 28th at 7:00 PM. The presentation is entitled “Educational Opportunities for Students with Asperger’s In and Out of Mainstream Settings.” You can learn more at the ASPEN Burlington/Camden County webpage.
An opinion piece on transition services for disabled students written by Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill supervisor Fred Gruber was recently published in the special education newsletter Common Ground. Common Ground is a publication of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and is published both in print and online. You can read the article at the Common Ground website now.
Kyle McChesney is helping a generation of students with disabilities prepare to compete in Special Olympics. McChesney, who works in the maintenance department at the Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus, recently won first place in his age group in “One More Tri”, a triathlon competition held in Asbury Park to raise money for Special Olympics of New Jersey. A […]
After 32 years of dedicated service to students with disabilities, Karen L. Carr has retired from her position as admissions coordinator at The Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus. Ms. Carr was often the initial point of contact for parents and students coming to The Y.A.L.E. School, and her warm and inviting personality helped to make them feel comfortable as they […]
This Sunday, April 29, in Iselin, New Jersey, The Y.A.L.E. School will continue its long-standing commitment to supporting the Asperger Syndrome Support Network of New Jersey (ASPENNJ) and its mission at the Spring ASPEN Conference. This year marks the 15th year of ASPENNJ’s advocacy, education, and support of people with Asperger’s syndrome and their families.
Al Doyle, a dedicated educator with more than three decades of experience in the areas of special education, school administration, and professional development, is the principal of The Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield campus. With more than twenty-five years of educational leadership behind him, Al knows the intricacies of managing a staff that work directly with challenging students. He understands the importance […]
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,” […]
Veteran educator James Morrow returns to The Y.A.L.E. School team, with more than thirty years of teaching and administrative experience with students of all abilities and ages. In September of 2011, Morrow re-joined Y.A.L.E.’s team of educators and now serves as Principal at the Williamstown campus.
For some people, there is a clear and direct course that leads to their occupation. For others, there’s no clear path. For Dr. Mieke Goossens, (pronounced Mee-ka Go-zens), the school psychologist at Y.A.L.E.’s Medford and Mansfield Township campuses, situations and options unfolded in unexpected ways to bring her to work with students with Asperger’s.
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.
At Y.A.L.E.’s high school commencement ceremonies, we often hear our graduates express their gratitude to the teachers and staff members who have inspired, enriched, and transformed their lives while setting them on the path to employment and higher education. One name which is mentioned frequently is Margaret Chapman, the coordinator of the Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill’s Standard 9 concentration.
Every year, the Council of Private Schools for Children with Special Needs presents the Ruth K. Newman Award for Excellence to teaching professionals in the area of Special Education in NJ. The award is named after Ms. Ruth K. Newman, a pioneer in establishing private-school education for disabled youngsters. Y.A.L.E. staff members have been honored with the award many times […]
Dr. Rachael Sautter is currently the Director of Educational Services for the Y.A.L.E. School Autism Program. Dr. Sautter earned her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). She has been working in the areas of behavior analysis and developmental disabilities for 12 years. Her training and clinical experience have […]