The Autism School program provides year-round instruction to school-age students from kindergarten through grade 12. This program offers a full school day for children identified under IDEA as a student with autism or similar disability categories. A summer program completes the twelve-month commitment to continual services. School services are available at both the Westlake and Highland Hills locations. In collaboration with the ESC of Northeast Ohio; licensed, certified staff serve the needs of children who are currently not successful in their home schools.
The school model is designed to meet the individual needs of children with communication, sensory and social challenges characterized by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using a comprehensive developmental approach. Each class is limited to six children that is supported by a highly trained team of intervention specialists, teaching assistants, registered occupational therapists, speech therapists, behavior therapists, a parent educator and a music therapist.
Student needs are addressed through their Individualized Education Program (IEP) utilizing a blended instructional model. Methodologies used include: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) and Musical Therapy. Together these methodologies combined with behavior supports, access to a modified curriculum and functional living skills to provide students with skills to reach their greatest potential.
Achievement Centers for Children partners with a non-profit agency serving preschool/primary aged children with autism in two separate facilities.
East - 4255 Northfield Rd., Highland Hills 44128 (216) 292-9700
West - 24211 Center Ridge Road, Westlake 44145 (440) 250-2520
Currently, the Autism School has 35 students enrolled from 15 school districts in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. With an emphasis on serving the students with the greatest need, the Autism School works closely with school districts and families to form a partnership that allows students to thrive.
Kimberly Allen, Ed.S
Director of Education
Achievement Center for Children
ESC of Northeast Ohio
216-292-9700 extension 261 (Office)