Testimonials 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.

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

“Y.A.L.E. School is one of those places where kids who are different can feel safe and learn the skills necessary to succeed in the wider world. We need more schools like this. I wish I’d been able to attend when I was young!”

John Elder Robison
Author, ‘Look Me In The Eye’ and ‘Be Different’

“The Y.A.L.E. School’s programs have consistently been the most innovative and high quality in the Delaware Valley. They were the first to embrace the private school within a public school model for students with autism, and their campuses for students with Asperger’s Syndrome are the best of their kind in the region. I would not hesitate to send one of my kids to The Y.A.L.E. School.”

Matthew Tincani, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Temple University.

“The Y.A.L.E. School staff is striking in its commitment to providing exceptional services to its clients. Whether in the role of supporting adolescents and young adults as they aim for independent functioning in the community, or in the role of addressing challenging behaviors in early learners, every Y.A.L.E. staff member that I have come across is constantly in pursuit of the absolute best practice for the students they serve. Any student would benefit from an educational team with this level of devotion to their success.”

Beth Glasberg-Katz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Coordinator, Masters Program in Applied Psychology Behavior Analysis Concentration, Rider University

“Based upon my own observations and what students and parents have told me, I can recommend the Y.A.L.E. School without hesitation or reservation for students with learning differences, such as autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other challenges. The safe, supportive environment combined with evidence-based strategies delivered by a compassionate, well-trained staff, provides a learning community where students can blossom.”

Robert Naseef, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Author, father of an adult child with autism

“As a board certified behavior analyst and Director of the School Psychology program at PCOM, I was impressed by the climate in the classrooms. There is a focus on teaching appropriate behaviors and preventing behavior problems from occurring through meaningful engagement in tasks and positive behavior supports. The faculty is professional, supportive and engaging, which fosters a structured and positive classroom environment conducive for learning.”

Jessica Glass Kendorski Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D
Director MS School Psychology Program/Assistant Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I have been consistently impressed with the adolescent and transition programs at Y.A.L.E. While maintaining a solid commitment to evidence-based intervention, they regularly “push the envelope” to apply best practices in the community, the typical school environment and the work place. This broader definition of ‘educational context’ allows them to develop and implement quality services to adolescents with autism, their families and the communities in which they live.”

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.
JPG Consultation Group

“Y.A.L.E. School is the only school I am aware of that has integrated community mobility skills into its curriculum. Many schools focus on preparing students for vocational and academic opportunities, but lose sight of community mobility. Y.A.L.E. School recognizes that community mobility skills are essential for acquiring, maintaining, and advancing vocational and academic opportunities. Without independence in the community, whether it be as a pedestrian, a user of rideshare services, taxis, buses or as a driver, a student will not achieve their full potential in society. Hats off to Y.A.L.E. School for being an educational leader in community mobility.”

Miriam Monahan, OTD, OTR/L Certified
Driving Rehabilitation Specialist

“Project SEARCH is honored to partner with Y.A.L.E. School to bring the Project SEARCH transition program to Cherry Hill. Y.A.L.E. represents exactly the kind of best practice organization that is able to take our model and make it shine in their community. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate in the future.”

Erin Riehle, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Senior Director, Disability Services and Project SEARCH

“I have always thought highly of Y.A.L.E. School programs. They are well-organized, soundly administered, humane, and effective. The staff is unusually competent. Y.A.L.E. is in a constant state of evolution regarding modern-day philosophies and best practices. I believe it should be a model for other organizations.”

Saul Axelrod Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, Temple University

What parents of students in our Autism Programs say about Y.A.L.E. School.

“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 our family is like a dream come true. Thanks for being part of our extended family!”

Donna L.

“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. Not only has he made athletic accomplishments but he has made tremendous academic achievement as well. Brenden takes pride in his academic progress. I cannot thank the Y.A.L.E. staff and support teams enough! Their patience, kindness, and encouragement has made a huge impact on our lives.”

Jean R.

“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.”

Greg & Janice R.

“As a parent with two children on the autism spectrum every day can be a struggle to some degree. It is really helpful to know that when my children go to school at Y.A.L.E. that they are well cared for and taught how to tap into their many hidden abilities. I realize how fortunate my family is to utilize Y.A.L.E. The student to teacher ratio is unmatched in this area and an extremely important factor. I am in education myself, and I am both grateful and impressed with how the staff continuously alters my children’s educational goals as they progress throughout the year. The staff takes every opportunity to teach, guide and care for their students. Everyone that works with my kids go above and beyond what is required and expected every day. I wish I could accurately put into words how much their dedication to their work has changed my family’s lives for the better. I could go on for pages about how the school reaches out to involve families/parents in the school. The D.A.R. (Daily Activity Reports) are very detailed and are a great help when interacting with my children after school. Community outings and integration in school activities are just a few of the elements I enjoy about the Y.A.L.E. program. Thank you. This school helps to make my children’s journey through life a little less scary and gives us hope for the future – I could not ask for more.”

Karolyn H.

“My son has shown great improvement in self-regulation and coping skills. Thanks to Y.A.L.E., he has improved academically and he’s happy to do his homework alongside his twin brother. Now he is proud of himself and his accomplishments. I worked with him for over a year trying to teach him to ride a two wheel bike. Within two months at Y.A.L.E., Corey was riding a bike without training wheels! He refers to his classmates as friends now, which is a very big deal to a parent of a child with autism! The communication from Y.A.L.E.’s staff is wonderful. My son comes home every day with a detailed communication form which is a great tool for having a dialogue with him about his day. I am more than pleased with Y.A.L.E. School and recommend them highly to any parent.”

Christine T.

“Y.A.L.E. is largely responsible for saving a “lost child”. George was floundering at his public middle school, both academically and socially. He has become indiscernible from any typical child, thanks to Y.A.L.E.!”

Daniel W.

“My son is 5 years old. He has been attending Y.A.L.E. School for just about a year. In that time, his socialization and communication skills have increased exponentially. He loves to go to school. I love the daily activity record that comes home every day. It gives a great snapshot into his day. It also allows for communication back and forth. The staff is wonderful with him. They are very supportive and helpful. It is easy to communicate with his teachers and staff. Response is quick from both teachers and staff. I feel they go above and beyond to help to do the best for my son. I am so thankful to have him attend Y.A.L.E. School.”

Kristi S.

“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”!”

Tara and Erik L.

What parents of students in our Emotional and Behavioral Support Programs say about Y.A.L.E. School.

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

Dianna M.

“The strategies that Y.A.L.E. uses on a day to day basis are visible on a first hand basis. They have a unique way of communicating instructions that are embraced by the student, becoming part of their lives. This year in particular has been a very enlightening one, holding great promise with the dawning of knowledge and understanding for our 12 year old. Many thanks go out to Y.A.L.E. School Northfield, for their dedication and compassion helping each and every child reach their full potential.”

Mary Ann G.

“Y.A.L.E. School has been nothing short of a miracle! You have truly changed the life of a child who was once depressed with a feeling of not belonging, to now a child who goes to bed happy, wakes up happy and even wants to go to school on weekends! Her teacher along with staff are truly the most amazing compassionate “family” who have turned this little girls life around and for this we thank you!”

Kim S.

“I’ve seen a big difference since my granddaughter has started at Y.A.L.E. School. She loves this school because she gets along with her peers. She is working in school and saving her money. She has a new outlook on life.”

Brenda G.

“My husband and I appreciate how Y.A.L.E. School holds our son to a higher standard regarding his school work, his behavior, and his socialization.”

Mrs. H.

“I am very happy with my choice to send my son to Y.A.L.E.. There is constant interaction with the school staff about how to help my child be more successful, and if something doesn’t work, they try something else. The school provides an environment his old school district could never provide. His current teacher has a great personality, patience, and sense of humor!”

Heather C.

“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.”

Christine T.

“I could not have asked for a better school to have my son succeed. I have seen a large change in my son since he became a student at Y.A.L.E.. I could not ask for a better team to work with him at difficult times. Before attending Y.A.L.E., he didn’t want to go to school, but now I can’t get him to stay home. I am a proud parent of a student who attends Y.A.L.E.!”

Nicole F.

“My son entered the Y.A.L.E. School Ellisburg Campus around seven months ago for 3rd grade. I am so happy to see him going to school without refusing, as he did in the past. He has expressed that everyone is nice at school. Academically, he has improved a lot and emotionally his confidence and self-esteem is returning. I am very grateful for the teachers because they are comprehensive, and they communicate with me very often. They are always willing to work with parents as a team.”

Rosa G.