What parents say about Y.A.L.E. School

Below you will find a collection of testimonials from parents about their families’ experiences at Y.A.L.E. School. If you have a positive testimonial that you would like to share with us, please fill out our online form.

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Audubon

Tina A.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. School is fabulous! Since my son started at the age of six, all of his teachers and the staff have been wonderful. They have helped my son excel to higher levels and to work well with the other children. I love the school.”

Cheryl M.

Parent

“My son has thrived behaviorally and academically over the last couple of years. Thank you for teaching my son many, many things beyond what other programs offer.  Most of all, thank you for showing your love and compassion for our kids each and every day!”

Jean R.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. has changed not only my son’s life but my life as well. The changes in my son are immeasurable. For years, just getting him to school was a challenge. Every day was a battle. Today, after only a few months, he gets on the bus daily, without challenge and looks forward to his school day. He participates in gym including being goalie for hockey and even attempting basketball! Despite many years of encouragement he had never participated or engaged in any sport or athletic event before.

Donna L.

Parent

“Finding Y.A.L.E. was like winning the lottery. Our 8-year-old son is now being educated in a safe environment where he is recognized as the UNIQUE individual that he is. Placing him into this ABA-based program halfway through second grade was the best decision we ever made. He is achieving goals at such an amazing pace! Kudos to the Audubon staff. What you have done for our son and and our family is like a dream come true. Thanks for being part of our extended family!”

Cathleen S-J

Audubon Public School District

“I have consulted at Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus for three years. During that time, I have found the staff to be committed, professional and able to teach autistic students with specific strategies designed to maximize the acquisition of appropriate behaviors, as well as improve academic skills. I have seen the academic improvement specifically using direct instruction.”

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Cedar Creek

Bridget D.

Parent

“This is our son’s freshmen year and he attends Y.A.L.E. at the Cedar Creek HS campus. We have been very happy so far with the strides that he is making. Our son has mastered some skills that not so long ago were too difficult for him. He’s loving school and the new friends he is meeting!”

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill

Dawn A.

Parent

“My son is in his 5th year at Y.A.L.E. School, and I know he wouldn’t be the person he is today without the help of their committed and caring staff. They go above and beyond with the teaching of citizenship, social skills, self-esteem, academics and transition skills. Thank you, Y.A.L.E.!”

DeAnn C.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. School was instrumental in my son’s transitioning back into a public school environment. He felt safe, was able to socialize as well as participate in the sports programs offered. He will be graduating June 2015 with plans on attending college in the fall because of the skills he learned at the Mansfield Twp. & Cherry Hill campuses. Thank you for being a part of my son’s village.”

Diane G

Parent

“I am so thankful for the teachers and the staff at Y.A.L.E. School. They GET autism! My son is now blossoming playing sports and building long term friendships. He loves his school and so do I!”

Deborah M.

Parent

“I cannot thank you and the staff at Y.A.L.E. School enough. The change in my son’s attitude regarding school is nothing short of miraculous. He can’t wait to get there in the morning and when he comes home, he is in such a great mood. Even the idea of homework is okay, which has never happened before. He thinks the world of his teachers and the students in his class. I have my happy-go-lucky little man back, and I am eternally grateful for that.”

Steve S.

Former student

“My previous special education school and my local board of education had already written me off at the age of 8 prior to attending Y.A.L.E. School. Within a year after I finished my time at Y.A.L.E., I was declassified and never turned back! At the Cherry Hill campus I was not only met with support and empathy, but I was given opportunities to flourish athletically, academically, and artistically. All of those traits led to me eventually getting accepted to Rowan University. There is no doubt in my mind that I owe a great part of my success to the four years I spent at Y.A.L.E. in my formative, pre-adolescent years.”

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Ellisburg

Dianna M.

Parent

“Everyone has been so patient, understanding and willing to do anything it takes to help him. The communication between parents and staff members is nothing short of fantastic!”

Ms. B.

Parent

“Thank you for another great year. My grandson has improved physically, academically and behaviorally. Our family has hope for his future.”

Mr. and Mrs. B.

Parents

“Your caring and patience with Neil through the years has allowed him to progress forward. Thank you—all of you—for your dedication.”

Dominic M

Former Student

“I went to the Cherry Hill campus (now Ellisburg campus) in the mid 90s to 2000s. When I first arrived, I was out of control.  I was diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Thanks to the instructors here, I learned to read when public schools had given up on me. Despite my initial wild behaviors, instructors like Maggie Rhodes, Anna Bouvier, Stephanie Jefferys, and a few others refused to give up on me. Turned me into a better person. After attending school I actually received a scholarship to attend Wilmington University found an amazing job and did everything that people said I’d never be able to do. Thanks to instructors at that campus. I could not be more grateful for the time I spent there, and the amount of energy that School spent on me. I really credit my success in life to the instructors refusal to give up on me. Thank you so much!”

Brian K.

Parent

“Since my son, Rodney, has started attending Y.A.L.E. School, he has made some amazing accomplishments.  When Rodney started at Y.A.L.E. School, he could barely write.  He started a year and a half ago.  Rodney is now able to read, write, do mathematics and other subjects.  Before Y.A.L.E. School, Rodney was a completely different person, he was very physically and verbally aggressive.  He very rarely has these behaviors anymore.  He actually went to school for two weeks straight without an incident, which is unbelievable.  He comes home every day with mostly positive reports now.  Y.A.L.E. School has done very well with Rodney and I believe that has a lot to do with the relationship he has with his teacher, Mr. Flancer.  Y.A.L.E. school is the best thing that could have happened to Rodney.  He finally likes to go to school.  Thank you Y.A.L.E. School and staff.”

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Mansfield Township

Donna C.

Parent

“Last night, my son Mitchell had his first Boy Scout den meeting since before the holiday break. Naturally, the boys were excited to see each other and were all full of energy… While the other boys were running around yelling and chasing each other, my son listened to the leader and was the most well-behaved boy there. This is unprecedented behavior for him and I chalk it up to the instruction at Y.A.L.E. and the reduction in stress and anxiety in his life as a result of the curriculum and homework load. Thank you.”

Tracy M.

Parent

“He was welcomed by Y.A.L.E. staff and all of the students and within the first week I saw such a positive change in him that it brought me to tears.

The field trips, which are part of teaching the children social skills, have been so helpful and his behaviors in public settings have improved greatly.

The staff at Y.A.L.E. is an unbelievable group of very special people who truly care about children and teaching. I have so much respect for what all of you give to this program and I am very grateful for Anthony’s overall progress.”

Mike R.

Martial Arts Instructor

“I have had the pleasure of teaching martial arts to students from the Medford and Mansfield Campus since 2004. The teachers and staff are helpful and truly care about the students. We have created a martial arts curriculum that focuses on building character skills like respect, leadership, confidence and teamwork. This is a great opportunity for the students to learn outside of the classroom in a fun and safe learning environment.

Over the years I have seen what Y.A.L.E. School does for these students first hand. They really get to know each student and prepare them for life. It’s great to see the kids grow and mature through the program.

If you are looking for a place for your child I highly recommend Y.A.L.E. School.”

Allison P.

Parent

“My son began attending Y.A.L.E. School Mansfield Township following a disastrous second-grade year in public school. Significant behavioral outbursts were an almost daily occurrence for him in public school; at Y.A.L.E. School they are nonexistent, which is a change I attribute in large part to the school’s innovative behavioral program.

I am thrilled with the high quality academic program at Y.A.L.E. School, including the small class sizes, the individualized instruction and the well-balanced curriculum. But what really distinguishes Y.A.L.E. School is the exemplary teachers. Without exception, the teachers at Y.A.L.E. School are among the very best teachers any of my four children have ever had.”

Patricia and Mark H.

Parents

“Our son’s experiences in public school were extremely stressful, both in self-contained and inclusion settings, exacerbated by the inexperience of teachers and administrators in dealing with children on the autism spectrum. He would have frequent meltdowns.

Since he came to Y.A.L.E. we have seen significant progress in his ability to self-regulate his emotions and behaviors at home, in the classroom and in outside social settings. As a result, he is able to learn and retain his academic lessons much more than in the public district setting.

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Medford

Jordan

Former student

“I graduated from Y.A.L.E.’s Medford middle school campus. After that, I attended a public high school, where I was in the computer science academy for two years. I am now in my senior year, where I am the Vice President of the Forensics Speech and Debate team and President of the Co-Exist club, as well as a member of the National Honors Society. I just made Honor Roll for the first marking period of this year, and next fall I plan to attend Rutgers University for political science, history, and communications. I really wanted to thank everyone that helped me get ready for this! I would never be in the position I am now without all the help, support, and tough love I received at Y.A.L.E. School. Thank you so much.”

Ramya and Vincent L.

Parents

“Our son has attended many schools but none has been as productive as Y.A.L.E. He has truly excelled academically, well beyond what he achieved at any of his other schools. The teachers at Y.A.L.E. are dedicated, communicate well with us, and are always readily available for any issues. The faculty at Y.A.L.E. help the children to build social relationships. For the first time our son has “friends” and even a “best friend”.”

Pat and Rob D.

Parents

“Our daughter, now age 16, was in public school until the beginning of Grade 7 when she had a very serious episode of OCD/anxiety on top of her existing Asperger’s diagnosis. She spent the remainder of grade 7 getting home schooling from the district and started at Y.A.L.E.’s Medford campus in 8th grade. She was in a very, very fragile state when she began her schooling at Y.A.L.E.. We were extremely concerned about placement for her and looked at many options before selecting the program. From the onset, we felt that all the folks at Y.A.L.E. understood exactly what her needs were and how to help her. Every teacher and assistant she had at Medford was wonderful. She was able to transition into a classroom environment there, only because of the quality support she received.

Dianne and William M.

Parents

“Prior to Y.A.L.E., our son was misunderstood, unsafe due to lack of supervision and was very frustrated in school. He was isolating himself, had very low self-esteem and was regressing intellectually and academically.

In just a few short months at Y.A.L.E. School, he has shown significant improvements both at school and at home. He has made friends that share common interests, he now eats in the cafeteria no longer isolating himself and he likes gym class for the first time ever. He comes home nearly every day sharing what interesting new things he has learned, and most importantly he is HAPPY.”

Mike R.

Martial Arts Instructor

“I have had the pleasure of teaching martial arts to students from the Medford and Mansfield Campus since 2004. The teachers and staff are helpful and truly care about the students. We have created a martial arts curriculum that focuses on building character skills like respect, leadership, confidence and teamwork. This is a great opportunity for the students to learn outside of the classroom in a fun and safe learning environment.

Over the years I have seen what Y.A.L.E. School does for these students first hand. They really get to know each student and prepare them for life. It’s great to see the kids grow and mature through the program.

If you are looking for a place for your child I highly recommend Y.A.L.E. School.”

Willow C.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. goes above and beyond to attend to the needs of your child. Our son has been at Y.A.L.E. for three years now. Every step of the way we have felt assured and secure in the education our son is getting. Every day there is communication with details of the successes or struggles he has had. Y.A.L.E. allows us to breathe. We aren’t constantly fighting to get him services, or questioning if he is progressing. We truly feel blessed to have the team at Y.A.L.E.; they have completely changed our son. He is so much more amazing for having gone to Y.A.L.E..”

Christine D.

Parent

“Ethan started out in a preschool program for 3 year olds with disabilities. This is when and where we got the diagnosis all parents dread hearing …autism. He showed improvement in our home district but it became evident that placement outside our district was going to be necessary. I toured several out of district schools but Y.A.L.E. Mullica Twp. immediately felt like a perfect fit for my son. He loves going to school and the staff—I do as well! I know there is no where else I could send him to get the support he needs to learn. The ABA model they use in the classroom has benefited Ethan.

Greg and Janice R.

Parents

“Everyone at Y.A.L.E. has been amazing. From the minute we first sat down and met with them we knew our son would be in good hands. His teacher and the rest of the staff at Y.A.L.E. School Mullica Twp. have been doing a great job with our son. His language has improved immensely and we can see the growth in his academics through all the work he does during the day. The DAR (Daily Activity Report) has also been a great tool the school uses to track our son’s target behaviors and to give us a greater understanding of how our son is progressing. Y.A.L.E. is everything we hoped for in a school and we could not be any happier.”

Christine T.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. is a great place for any child having a hard time.  It is a safe, loving and educational environment that has helped my son tremendously.  The teachers, staff and principal are all genuinely invested in making every child the best they can be.”

Eunice D.

Parent

“In my opinion, Y.A.L.E. School is the best school for children with autism in South Jersey! My son has learned so much since he began attending. Thomas loves going to school at Y.A.L.E. and the staff are truly amazing.”

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Northern Burlington

Alyson A.

Parent

“After our son experienced a terrible time in the local middle school, we heard about Y.A.L.E. from a friend. Nicolas was in the 4th grade. He spent two wonderful years with Mr. James and his staff, learning new behavioral strategies. He returned to the regular school district at the end of 7th grade. Today he is a junior in high school, motivated, and loving school. He would not be where he is today without the support and guidance of Y.A.L.E. School.”

Pat and Rob D.

Parents

“Our daughter, now age 16, was in public school until the beginning of Grade 7 when she had a very serious episode of OCD/anxiety on top of her existing Asperger’s diagnosis. She spent the remainder of grade 7 getting home schooling from the district and started at Y.A.L.E.’s Medford campus in 8th grade. She was in a very, very fragile state when she began her schooling at Y.A.L.E.. We were extremely concerned about placement for her and looked at many options before selecting the program. From the onset, we felt that all the folks at Y.A.L.E. understood exactly what her needs were and how to help her. Every teacher and assistant she had at Medford was wonderful. She was able to transition into a classroom environment there, only because of the quality support she received.

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Northfield

Mary Ann G.

Parent

“As a family, we feel blessed to have our 9-year-old attend Y.A.L.E. School. It has been such a pleasure. He is much calmer when “homework” time comes—the difference is beyond words. We never truly knew the role that special education could play in his success. Your finely-tailored program addresses his needs and then some. At times, he still needs redirection and those behaviors are met by the Y.A.L.E. School staff with encouragement and positive support. Also, your website offers tons of helpful suggestions for parents’ at-home use. Thank you for being a part of our lives.”

Tina C.

Parent

“My 14-year-old started struggling in school in fifth grade when he was put on many different medicines. He has had a roller coaster of moods and issues since. His old school was not understanding or helpful. Then he started Y.A.L.E. in eighth grade and it has been great! The staff is wonderful and go above and beyond to help my son stay in school and be successful. They keep me informed of how he is doing at all times and are very patient and understanding. He really likes everyone there and will continue at Y.A.L.E. through high school.”

Maria N.

Guardian

“My grandson has flourished at Y.A.L.E.! There are times when he gets upset but I feel especially this last year that his emotional needs have been met. He is growing into a positive young man and besides the home upbringing, rules and respect that he is expected to live up to, I truly feel the staff at Y.A.L.E. are definitely under appreciated for what they do for and with our children to help mold them into responsible citizens. Kudos to the Y.A.L.E. staff, all of whom are important — some who shine a little brighter for the extra effort. Thank you for allowing your kindness and teaching skills to touch not only my son’s life but our family’s as well.”

Jennifer T.

Parent

“My son has progressed with Y.A.L.E. School’s help. His grades have improved due to the help of his teacher. Y.A.L.E. allows him to focus on his academics and deal with his behavior. Thank you to the staff for all of their help with my son’s progress with his education and for helping him to deal with life on ‘Life’s Terms’.”

Karen S

Parent

“When Y.A.L.E. School was suggested for my son, I felt like he was being thrown away. His last school placement could never accommodate his needs and I was left with a 7 year old who couldn’t read and barely completed even one assignment a day. My sweet child was frustrated and felt like a failure.  His last school placement was sending him home almost every day as they could not accommodate his needs. It was a constant battle to get them to help our child.

Sending him to Y.A.L.E. has turned out to be the best decision we ever made. My son who just turned 10 is now reading, completes all his assignments, and even his homework. He has no behavior issues at all. He has just blossomed. He feels successful, and smart, and confident. He even has friends. He loves his teachers and hates missing a day. We cannot thanks his teachers and Y.A.L.E. school enough for what they have done for him.”

Susan O.

“The Standard 9 Program is exactly what my son with Asperger’s needed after high school.  He has a high IQ but did not have adequate social skills or the perseverance and motivation to complete tasks that were not in his area of interest.  Since attending Y.A.L.E., he has grown in so many ways. He is taking college level courses and completing assignments without behavior outbursts. He is becoming a mature young man and is proud of his weekly job at the Insectatarium in Philly.  Just yesterday, he told me that his job coach has a good level of strictness and she is nice. He also said he is learning to not ask so many questions.  His teacher Mr. Laux understands him and has helped him to focus on his strengths and move forward.  I seriously have hope now and can see my son having a job and being more independent in the future.  He wants to become a support person in the home with people with autism.  The Standard 9 Program is giving him the opportunity and training to help his dreams come true.”

Abigail and José R.

Parents

“Y.A.L.E. School has brought life back to my son and to my family. I am very grateful for the time, the patience, and dedication the staff takes to take a broken vessel and turn it into something almost perfect. I would be remiss if I did not refer another parent that might go through the same struggles I went through. Now, my son is advancing in all areas. He is doing very well in the Standard 9 program and he loves his job!”

Ellen S.

Parent

“Through each stumbling block the staff at Y.A.L.E.’s Standard 9 program never gave up on my son!  I have seen so much growth in the last four years. The Y.A.L.E. staff  found him a internship that he LOVES!  In June this internship will become his job!”

Monica A.

Parent

“My daughter attends Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill and has benefited from a school where she is supported by qualified and experienced professionals who know how to address her individual needs. We are grateful for Y.A.L.E. where she has on-site access to a Board Certified Behavior Specialist, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, an Occupational Specialist, a Speech Therapist, and staff that is trained in the vocational and academic areas that are necessary to help a child with special needs thrive in the 21 st Century.”

Jasmine J.

Parent

“I have to honestly say I was nervous when searching for a new private school for my little man. Before I came to see Y.A.L.E I had already visited numerous schools and wasn’t impressed with any of them, it just didn’t seem like the right place for my son. As soon as I walked into the classroom that Elijah would be placed into at Y.A.L.E. School, I instantly knew this was the right place for him. It warmed my heart to see my sons comfort level with his future classmates and staff. The whole program is “Outstanding” I was so impressed with the way they collect detailed data on each child to pinpoint any weaknesses they might have and focus on making them into strengths. I’m so grateful for every last one of them and I have very high hopes for my son’s future in the program because he continues to excel greatly.”

Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Voorhees

Barbara B.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. School recognizes that education and behavioral issues are not a one-way street and that cooperation with parents to resolve any issues or to further reinforce the interventions taking place at home are necessary. I will always recommend Y.A.L.E. to any parent or caregiver of an autistic child.”

Carol and Robert E

Parents

“Y.A.L.E. School has the curriculum and resources necessary to address our child’s level of autism. The energetic teaching staff works endlessly to adjust individualized strategies to maximize the learning environment of each child.”

Mark Roman

School District CST, Case Manager

“It has been a pleasant experience working as a case manager with the Y.A.L.E. School Voorhees campus. The staff and administration are always friendly and courteous. They provide a positive and welcoming climate for students, families and case managers. The students are well managed and given individual care for their specific needs. I praise the staff for the tremendous effort they place forth for the students and their families.”

Tara and Erik L

Parents

“To find that Y.A.L.E. School employs two BCBAs is a rarity. All the teachers, aides and direct care staff are trained in ABA principles, which means when my daughter is walking down the hall every person knows exactly how to interact and respond to her even when she is not a member of their own classroom. Having this continuity through the school makes for a better learning environment. All of the staff members have become like family to us. We could not be prouder to call Y.A.L.E. School “our home”!”

Terri H

Parent

“My son has been with Y.A.L.E. School for a long time and I wouldn’t have it any other way! The staff is amazing! Jarrett has come such a long way and this school is a VERY big part of that. They take the students on outings to many different places, and the kids have a lot of fun while learning! They definitely feel like family! I know for a fact I’ll be sad when he graduates!”

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