News Archives | Spectrum Center Schools and Programs


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 ...

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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Spectrum Center at EdRev 2016 (San Francisco)

April 26, 2016

Spectrum Center recently participated in the annual EdRev Conference in San Francisco. Parents Education Network (PEN) organizes this event for parents and educators of students in special education. Activities included a technology exhibit and demonstration; a keynote by Max Brooks, author of World War Z; educational workshops that covered a variety of topics; and a student art gallery.  This year, Spectrum participated by hosting a booth at the school fair. Throughout the day, we had the opportunity to speak with many interested Read More ...

What Spectrum Center Parents Need to Know about Your Child’s Information

March 3, 2016

Federal District Court Orders CDE to Disclose Personal Student Information to Plaintiffs in Case (Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education) What Spectrum Center Parents Need to Know About Your Child’s InformationYou may be aware of the recent federal district court decision in which the California Department of Education (CDE) is ordered to disclose personal student information about all students in the stateto plaintiffs who have initiated a lawsuit, known as Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. Read More ...

Spectrum Center bridging gap between young people with developmental disabilities and employers (Concord, Calif.)

June 19, 2014

Evan Thomas, 19, of Concord, cleans the cash register area of the Safeway on Monument Blvd. in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Through Spectrum Center, numerous businesses strive to find work for people with autism. Thomas cleans around the registers, the front doors and the doors in the frozen food isle on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff) CONCORD — Evan Thomas can tick off the names of world leaders, tell you just about anything you want to know Read More ...

Educational Services of America Wins International Innovation Award from Citrix

October 23, 2013

Release Highlights: Educational Services of America (ESA) is the winner of the 2012 Citrix Innovation Award, an international award recognizing visionary organizations that use Citrix technology solutions to drive innovation and simplify information technology. Using Citrix technology solutions, ESA students with special needs are provided specialized instruction and at-risk students get the support they need to succeed in school, reducing the likelihood they will drop out. ESA, one of three finalists, was the only finalist headquartered in North America. The award was Read More ...