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Spectrum Hiring 50 Special Education Instructional Aides in California

January 15, 2019

SAN PABLO, Calif., Jan. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Spectrum Center Schools & Programs announced today it is hosting two hiring events and plans to hire 50 special education instructional aides in January for the Greater Bay Area. The ideal special education instructional aide candidate is interested in making a difference by helping children and adolescents with autism and behavioral disabilities develop the skills they need to be independent while working for an organization with a social mission to offer hope. Special education experience is Read More ...

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Holiday Tips for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum

December 21, 2018

The holiday season is officially here, and you know what that means! Parties, family, fun, traditions, and (too many) delicious treats. With the many wonderful elements of the holidays, however, come some challenging ones for our children on the spectrum. This time of year can bring about things like travel, noise, anxiety, stress, change of routine – not the most jolly things. This awesome parent’s blog post from Autism Speaks, features tips to help you “stay sane” this holiday season, Read More ...

Celebrating ChanceLight’s Servant Leaders: 2017 Servant Heart Award Winner, Kate Asis (Spectrum)

April 10, 2018

Servant leaders work relentlessly to support the people around them and they focus on the needs of others. That description defines Kate Asis, M.S., BCBA, Assistant Vice President for Autism Services, the 2017 Servant Heart Award winner for Spectrum Center Schools and Programs. As a Behavior Analyst, Kate is passionate about providing students with life-changing therapy to help ensure they reach their full potential. Her forgiving, honest, humble, kind, patient, respectful and selfless personality make Kate the perfect choice for Read More ...

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Staff Testimonial: Crystal Byrd, RBT, Instructional Aide

March 5, 2018

Working in a position where I can help people has been my career goal for more than 15 years. Prior to taking the position with Spectrum in 2003, I assisted at a local adult day program. Although the job responsibilities were completely different, both provided me with what I was looking for…an opportunity to help improve the lives of others. Being an Instructional Aide is interesting, fulfilling and a lot of fun because every day is a little different. The Read More ...

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Staff Testimonial: Tatiana Baiandin, Instructional Aide

March 5, 2018

Not everyone is lucky enough to go to a job they enjoy, but fortunately for me, I am one of those people! I started working for Spectrum 15 years ago when my sister learned about an Instructional Aide position and encouraged me to apply. Since my first day on the job, working for Spectrum has given me the chance to live out my passion of working with children. Spectrum students are extraordinary, and the specialized education we provide makes a Read More ...

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Staff Testimonial: Sarah Hernandez, Behavioral Specialist (former Instructional Aide)

March 5, 2018

Spectrum introduced me to the exciting field of behavioral health in 2006 when I was first hired as an instructional aide. I was interested in working for Spectrum because of the purpose of the program and I wanted to work in an environment where I could help children thrive. As an Instructional Aide, I was provided a comprehensive overview of what is required to provide our students with a successful educational experience. Every day I worked with the classroom instructor Read More ...

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Staff Testimonial: Carrie Dytrych, RBT, Instructional Aide

March 5, 2018

Ten years ago, I was a stay at home mom interested in reentering the working world. I wanted a job that would provide me the flexibility to be home in the afternoons when my five children returned from school. At the time I was living in Illinois and my sister, who was an educator, suggested I research Instructional Aide positions available within our school district. Almost a decade later, I can say that was a life-changing piece of advice. After Read More ...

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Staff Testimonial: Pauline Cayabyab, Instructional Aide

March 5, 2018

I was a general education teacher in the Philippines for six years before moving to California. I have a passion for education, so when I learned of the Instructional Aide position with Spectrum, it immediately piqued my interest. Spectrum introduced me to a different side of education and opened my eyes to the struggles children face when diagnosed with a learning disability. I always enjoyed my work as a teacher, but working with the students at Spectrum is more rewarding Read More ...

Pre-K Learning Support: Getting Help for Very Young Children

September 18, 2017

It can be hard to be a parent – especially of young children.  I remember worrying over my two girls – are they developing properly?  What can I do make sure I give them the best chances possible in life?  Mark K. Claypool and John M. McLaughlin are CEO and Director of Research and Analytics respectively for ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy, and Education, have some tips below for us parents! While parenting young children is a joy, it can be Read More ...

We Know Ways to Teach Kids With Autism | Most schools just don’t use them

July 13, 2017

There’s no single way to teach children with autism. Regardless of which method a school adopts, though, it’s no mystery what helps them to thrive: calm, not chaos, in the classroom; one-on-one attention from teachers, aides, and therapists; lessons tailored to the individual child’s needs, whether that means learning not to bite or how to make eye contact while shaking hands; and the opportunity to regroup through soothing activities such as swinging, rolling on mats, or listening to music. Most Read More ...

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