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At our school you will learn about honesty and telling the truth. You will even learn about sharing and cheering for your friends. These 4 years for me have been the best. The teachers are nice.Murray, age 9
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Center for Spectrum Services

Long before autism became a commonly understood disability, the Center for Spectrum Services (formerly The Children's Annex) focused on the treatment of this puzzling disorder.  With a history of excellence serving people all across the autism spectrum, the dedicated and talented staff of the Center for Spectrum Services believe that each person we work with has the ability to grow, learn and achieve, and with each day another life is brightened.

Watch this 4-minute video to see what we do, every day

 
NYSED DASA Training

Posted 04/29/2014

We are proud to announce that we are approved by the New York State Education Department to offer required training in the NYS Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) for professionals applying for certificates or licensure, including, but not limited to classroom teachers and assistants, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school administrators or supervisors, and superintendents of schools.  The DASA is NY legislation developed to afford all students in public schools an environment free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.  This training is designed to enhance understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases. 

Presented by Adriane Maier, Ph.D. BCBA-D, LMHC, this training will teach participants about bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and discrimination as well as indicators, early warning signs, prevention and reporting procedures. Group activities and supporting video will be utilized to sensitize participants to the experiences of specific populations and emphasize how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.

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Don’t Miss this year’s 2014 Spring Workshop Series

Posted 4/29/2014

All workshops conveniently scheduled from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at our Kingston Center

Back by popular demand is our annual Spring Workshop Series:

This year Spectrum Services Augmentative Communication Specialist will offer Augmentative Communication Strategies for the Classroom.  Information on low technology visual supports will be combined with information on appropriate apps for the iPAD. Tuesday May 6.

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iScreen Vision Helps Us Provide Vital Student Eye Health Assessments

Posted     12/13/13

Q:  How do you assess the health of a child’s eyes when he or she has challenges due to  autism?
A:  At Center for Spectrum Services, we do it with iScreen® Vision!

 

Nurse Dan  administers instant eye assessment  of each student  and receives  results  moments later  to provide to parents along  with any  recommendations for follow up with an  eye care professional.

 

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) can have a variety of sensory  and  physical disabilities and anomalies. Many of them have visual disturbances  which may, or may not, occur as a result of their ASD, which can’t be fixed. As is true for all of us, their visual disturbances may be due to common problems, such as near- or far-sightedness, astigmatism, strabismus, or cataracts. These conditions are often easily corrected by glasses, eye exercises or surgery.

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Thank you to our friends at Prestige Toyota for their Grant Award - As a result of their generosity, we are helping more Spectrum Services students find their voices

Posted: 11/15/13


Up to 50% of our students are nonverbal, and all are challenged  in a spectrum of ways by communication due to an Autism Spectrum Disroder. This is why  we have used a $5,000 grant award from our friends at Prestige Toyota and matching funds from Toyota’s Match Program to purchase more iPads in our work helping our students learn to use augmentative communication strategies and devices. The touch-screen feature this technology affords allows non-verbal users and those with limited verbal  language skills to point to an image which causes  the device to provide voice output. This  engages  the child in indicating his or her wishes, desires, and needs.   The child hears the device “speak aloud” for him or her, and experiences the immediate gratification of successful verbal communication.

We have seen students achieve major breakthroughs with the use of iPads and specific apps in making their needs known, and interacting with their teachers, therapists, loved ones and peers in new ways – sometimes for the very first time.  Thank you, Prestige Toyota, for your charitable donation that allowed us to help more of our students communicate.