Needs Served


Spectrum Center Schools rely on results-driven approaches to design personalized programs for students with special needs. Guided by the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), our schools and programs provides services to students with:

  • autism spectrum disorders (ASD) , including Asperger’s syndrome
  • developmental disabilities or delays
  • emotional disorders and disturbances
  • pervasive developmental disorders
  • behavioral challenges
  • dual diagnosis
  • other special needs

Spectrum Center Schools develop individualized education programs (IEP) and tailor instruction to match the learning style of each student. To develop and implement IEPs, Spectrum relies on the following approaches:

  • applied behavior analysis
  • level systems
  • discrete trial training
  • functional analysis assessment
  • behavior intervention plans

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s Syndrome

Spectrum Center’s autism program applies proven, research-based strategies in dedicated autism classrooms, which provide small highly structured settings perfect for implementing effective methods of instruction such as discrete trial training (DTT), incidental teaching, visual strategies and Pivotal Response Training. Spectrum identifies measurable goals for tracking progress in academic, personal and social skills development.

Developmental Disabilities or Delays

Students with developmental disabilities or delays benefit from strategies such as positive reinforcement, functional skill development, vocational assessments, naturalist teaching methods and chaining procedures to develop independent living skills and functional academics.

Emotional Disorders and Disturbances

Spectrum Center provides specialized training for educating students who display aggression or destructive behavior, including those with separate diagnoses who exhibit challenging behavior. Our experts provide counseling, instruction and oversight for students tending toward elopement and self-injury. Spectrum Center utilizes functional analysis assessments, behavior intervention plans, individualized programming, direct instruction, level systems and problem-solving skills training for this population.

Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)

As with its autism education program, Spectrum Center provides instruction to students with Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and other PDD challenges through effective methods of instruction such as discrete trial training (DTT), incidental teaching, visual strategies and Pivotal Response Training.

Students receive assistance through ABA and a variety of therapies such as adaptive physical education and speech and occupational therapies.

Behavioral Challenges

Students with behavioral challenges benefit from positive behavior intervention and support, along with curriculum-based measures to redirect destructive behavior and develop academic skills.

Dual Diagnosis

Spectrum Center applies proven approaches to address each student’s combination of special needs. We rely on research-proven methods such as applied behavior analysis, cognitive behavioral therapy and functional behavior assessment to assist students who struggle with psychiatric disorders in addition to their specific learning challenge.

Other Special Needs

For students with other academic, behavioral, psychiatric or physical challenges, Spectrum Center Schools can customize treatment and therapies based on individual needs.