The Help Group Builds Brighter Futures for Children with Autism

Recent Village Glen graduates Thomas, Eli, Sylvana and Corey.

Graduation days at The Help Group’s autism schools are always days to remember. In their caps and gowns, and with a great sense of pride, students march down the aisle to a cheering audience of families, friends and faculty. Graduation ceremonies include preschoolers moving into elementary school, transitioning middle and high school students and young adults with their sights set on bright futures.

Each day, more than 1,000 students, ages 3-22, attend The Help Group’s four specialized autism day schools in Sherman Oaks and Culver City. To open the doors of opportunity to the ever-growing number of children affected by autism spectrum disorders, The Help Group will soon cut the ribbon on its newest campus in Sherman Oaks dedicated to autism early education & intervention, professional training & parent education and research.

According to Pam Clark, Director, Autism Schools, “Our goal is to meet our students’ educational and related needs through an integrated program that provides diagnostic prescriptive teaching, small classes, individualized curriculums, counseling, speech, language & occupational therapy, and adaptive physical education.”

For students with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Disorder and nonverbal learning disabilities, Village Glen School offers a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, including a college prep program, with an emphasis on social skills development.

Students with mild cognitive delays and social communication challenges attend Bridgeport School, which integrates an academic curriculum with hands-on life skills training and vocational services.

Sunrise School, serving children with full spectrum autism and other developmental challenges, promotes communicative, behavioral, social, academic, motor, adaptive and independent living skills.

Young Learner’s Preschool offers an innovative six-hour daily program that fosters early development through an interdisciplinary approach based on best practices.

At the heart of The Help Group’s efforts is the commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.

For information about The Help Group’s autism schools and the broad array of therapeutic and recreational programs for children and young adults, please call (877) 943-5747 or visit www.thehelpgroup.org.

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