A Best Practices Center For the Treatment Of Autism
Autism is a complex behavioral disorder. It affects the ability to participate in life in most every way imaginable … learning, speech/language, social interactions, play, daily living skills. According to Harvard University School of Public Health, the lifelong economic cost of one individual with autism is over $3.2 million. The human cost is beyond measure.
The right help can have a profound impact on the lives of children diagnosed with autism. The U.S Surgeon General, The National Institutes of Health, The National Academy of Pediatrics and others all recognize the effectiveness of one treatment approach, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In some studies of ABA, up to 40% of children diagnosed with autism can go on to a attend regular education classroom – an outcome that once would have been considered impossible.
The right help, however, remains in critically short supply.
Garden Academy was founded in response to a critical shortage of appropriate services.
What began as the dream of a small group of parents in 2004 has, in just a few short years, grown into one of the preeminent programs in our region. Today, our impact extends far beyond the children who attend our school.
Educational Program: Garden Academy offers a state-of-the-art educational program to students with autism from north and central NJ, age 3-21.
Professional Training: We provide Masters and Doctoral level training to promising new professionals — the future leaders in autism education.
Research and Dissemination: We are also committed to improving the state of the art in autism treatment through research and dissemination of best practices. Garden Academy professionals have authored numerous journal articles, delivered dozens of professional presentations at national and international conferences, and served on the Editorial Board prestigious publications.
Every day at Garden Academy children are learning new skills that will change their lives – how to tie their shoes, ask for a drink of water, write their names, read a book, and tell their parents “I love you”