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The Center for Spectrum Services is a recognized leader in our community for educating children with autism… I am pleased that they are taking the initiative to expand their programs to serve the growing number of children on the autistic spectrum. Beverly Allyn, Coordinator
Children with Special Needs, Dutchess County Department of Health


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

Kicking Off Autism Awareness Month with our “Evidence-Based Strategies for Managing Problem Behaviors in Students with Autism” Conference on April 2nd at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

NOTE: Registration open through Friday, March 28th at 5:00pm

Excitement  is at an all-time high as we anticipate “Lighting It Up Blue” with our 275+ attendees. As we get ready to welcome world renowned autism expert and Certified Applied Behavior Analyst,
Mr. Thomas Caffrey, we’re looking forward to a truly meaningful day of:

•    Learning new scientifically proven best-practice methodologies we can use with our students and clients
•    Networking with others who work in the autism field to share experience and energize one another in support of our common goals 
•    Viewing and discussing video examples of problem behaviors with demonstrated strategies you can immediately utilize in your work and/or family
•    Coming together in one space filled with adults -  all of whom are committed to helping individuals with autism reach their fullest potential

As a reminder, breakfast and check-in are from 8:00am – 8:50am. The conference begins at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm. Lunch will be served, with both breakfast and lunch included in your registration fee.  A few select items will be available for sale in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.

Seats are filling up fast, with only limited space still available. Registration is open through this Friday,
March 28th at 5:00pm.  To register, click:

We’re proud to have welcomed generous support from the following corporate partners to bring this dynamic learning opportunity to our staff, area professionals and paraprofessionals, parents, and members of our greater community:

Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, Venue Sponsor
Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Printed Materials Sponsor
TD Bank, Speaker Sponsor
Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, Breakfast and Lunch Sponsor

We look forward to a wonderfully successful conference, and we graciously thank our corporate partners as well as everyone who will be joining us on April 2nd. Check back shortly for a review of how it went along with some photos!

Center for Spectrum Services Proudly Presents: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Problem Behaviors in Students with Autism

Posted 1/23/14

A conference with Thomas M. Caffrey,

Renowned Autism Expert and Board Certified Behavior Analyst

When Center for Spectrum Services  began serving those with special needs in our community  38 years ago, we devoted our energies to making a difference in the lives of as many individuals and families as possible. Our upcoming conference, Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Problem Behaviors in Students with Autism, is a significant step towards the achievement of our goals of raising awareness; helping those with Autism Spectrum Disorders reach their fullest potential; and educating as many professionals, paraprofessionals, parents and caregivers as we can with scientifically based best practice techniques. 

The conference  takes place on Wednesday, April 2nd, at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY from 9:00am – 4:00pm (includes breakfast and lunch.) It promises to be an exciting and unique professional development and networking opportunity for special educators, school psychologists, classroom teachers, college students, paraprofessionals and other related service providers.

For more information about registration, conference fee, and CEUs, please click here.

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.

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.

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