Since 1998, our autism school has offered individualized care and instruction to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our school has grown steadily in capacity, now serving students from kindergarten through sixth grade on the east side of Cleveland in Highland Hills, and students from kindergarten through eighth grade on the west side in Westlake, Ohio.
We are an alternative public school option, with many local school districts referring and transporting their students to the Achievement Centers. Our curriculum is aligned with Ohio’s K-8 Academic Content Standards.
A six-week summer program to complete the 12-month educational and therapeutic focus is included in the yearly tuition.
Our interdisciplinary teams consist of intervention specialists, teaching assistants, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and each student’s family. Integrated therapy sessions throughout each student’s day provide consistency and generalization of skills into other activities and areas on a regular basis in the classroom.
Our highly-trained staff has extensive training, knowledge, and experience working with children on the autism spectrum. They are dedicated, compassionate, and have an understanding and respect for each student. They consider each student’s learning style, communication capabilities, socialization and sensory needs to help him or her reach their full potential.
Parent educators are a unique component of our Autism School. They are the liaison between family and school, providing home visits and parent coaching to maximize each student’s development and enhance parent-child interactions. They also provide information to families regarding community events and valuable resources.
Through our blended-method model, we draw on several evidence-based methodologies and develop the best strategies for each student. In this way, we foster the greatest progress and most effective motivation to learn and grow.
Evidence-based intervention methods include:
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan
Picture Exchange Communication system (PECS)
Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Related
Handicapped Children (TEACCH)
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
Jerry is a very energetic and happy boy. When he was first enrolled in our autism preschool program at age three, he was nonverbal and unable to communicate. Since being introduced by his speech therapist and teachers at the Achievement Centers to the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), his whole world opened up. His mother, […] Read more
Casey is a delightful boy who loves music and loves to move. He enjoys swimming and going down the Lazy River at Geauga Lake, visiting the zoo, and bowling with his friends and his twin brother, Tyler. Casey has been a student in the Achievement Centers for Children Autism School in Highland Hills for six […] Read more
Sidney was born prematurely at 32 weeks and only weighed 3 lb. 2 oz. She had some breathing issues, but otherwise appeared perfect. Sidney’s mother, Ebony, was relieved to bring little Sidney home after a one month stay in the hospital. After Sidney was born, Ebony and her good friend, Carmella, started a child care […] Read more