Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a widely researched and evidence-based practice, uses concepts that are familiar (such as reinforcement, prompting, generalizing) in systematic ways to teach skills and to replace problem behaviors with more appropriate ones.
The number of adults with autism is rapidly increasing. Each of these individuals has unique strengths and challenges. Our goal is to continue to develop services that will assist in expanding the potential of this population and to shape policies that will fund these services.
Full-day Class Experience
Since its inception, Hope Academy has used a blended age approach in its classrooms. Children have opportunities to experience a wide variety of skills, addressing both the need for extra challenge and the need for extra practice. Class options and blendings change from year to year depending on enrollment and needs. We use a team-teaching approach for our elementary classes. We maintain no greater than a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
Group Learning + ABA Therapy
Several class options include individualized ABA therapy as part of the school day. The Bridging the Gap class model (preschool through high school) provides a half-day group learning experience (with a lead teacher and a classroom Registered Behavior Technician) and a half-day of 1:1 ABA therapy.
The Hope Alive Junior class model (elementary through high school) offers additional support as students focus on communication and gaining skills.
Autism doesn't just affect the child who has the diagnosis. Autism changes everything for the entire family. Project HOPE Foundation provides service to improve the quality of family life by offering opportunities to develop plans, connect with resources, gain training, and receive ongoing support.