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Autism Support Schools

Schools understand autistic children well and tailor the classroom environment to facilitate integration

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For parents searching for a school that supports kids with autism or any other disorders commonly called Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), private schools offer a variety of advantages with smaller class sizes and ability to flexibly budget for education assistance and other support.

Autism Support Schools

In some cases, schools may specialize in dealing with and even treating autism and related disorders.

To support autism, schools may include education assistance, direct instruction, occupational and behavioural therapy, training in social skills and more, to help children deal with autism.

Schools understand autistic children well and have tailored the environment and structure to facilitate the integration of students with autism. This specialized understanding should extend into their communications with parents.

Investigating schools' autism support programs

When it comes to finding the right private school for a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder it's important to ask the right questions about the school's programs. When doing your research you'll want to make sure you consider these 5 features in any autism program for your child.

We urge you to closely investigate each school you research in order to find out programs success rates, expertise, particulars of their facilities and more. Parents of autistic children should consider the following questions, as they look for the right school for their child:

  • How does the school address your autistic child's need for structure and routine?
  • Do they notify parents about changes in the classroom environment or routine? How are such changes planned and implemented?
  • What specialized teaching strategies does the school employ and how well do these strategies fit with the particular needs of your autistic child?
  • What unique characteristics of you child – autism-related or other – does the school need to know about?
  • What are your gut feelings and intuitions as you investigate and talk to the different schools on your list?

What to Look for in a School

Meeting the needs of your child with autism is a formidable challenge. Besides the complex problems in almost all areas of living, there are countless approaches, techniques, and therapies to promote learning and development.

Some of these approaches are experimental; others may be potentially harmful. You want to find the ones that are "tried and true"! Here's a sure-fire way to navigate through the maze of options. Seek out the answers to the following critical program features:

1. Program Focus

What is the main focus of the program? Is it behavioural management, language development, socialization, sensory/motor integration, literacy-based learning, or activities of daily living? All are important but once you know the priorities of your child, the school/program you chose must focus on that area.

2. Role of the Parent in the Program

Will the school/program respect and support you? What will be expected of you? A positive relationship between you and the professionals is critical for success.

3. Experience

How much experience and know-how do the teachers and/or therapists have? A minimum of 4 years experience is a good rule of thumb. The last thing you need is someone 'cutting their teeth' on your child.

4. Methods

What teaching methods and approaches are used to deliver the program? What happens if a program/approach doesn't work? Will you be informed? Will changes be made? Never accept the explanation that your child is the reason for the failure.

5. Evaluation

What evaluation tools are used to assess whether or not the program is working and that your child is learning? Will the findings be shared with you? Will the program shift/change to better meet the needs of your child?

The answers to these questions will give you the power to advocate for your child and to make good decisions.

Understanding Autism

In recent years, the phrase Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has become a popular tern and includes everything from the potentially life-threatening Rett's Syndrome to autism to Asperger's Syndrome (which some argue is indistinct from high-functioning autism [HFA]).

A report published in Nature in June of 2010 posited that autism sufferers are all genetically unique from each other. There are several controversies surrounding the diagnoses and causes of autism, of course.

While schools you investigate should be aware of these, it is most important that they specialize in understanding and dealing with your child's autism.


801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3

Toronto
Shoore Centre for Learning is a special-needs private school that offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is six students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $27,500 to $30,000 per year
6727 South Chippawa Road, West Lincoln, Ontario, L0R 2J0

West Lincoln
Robert Land Academy is a private military style boarding school (Gr 6-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $46,750 to $48,750 per year
275 Rudar Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1S2

Mississauga
Team School offers programs from grades 1 to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 8 to 12 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,500 to $20,300 per program
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
425 Marché Way, Unit 201, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5J3

Ottawa
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,320 to $19,260 per year
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6

Ottawa
l'École Montessori d'Ottawa (OMS) - Une éducation exceptionnelle depuis 1966 - au service des jeunes francophones de 18 mois à la 6e année avec, l'école secondaire anglophone, "The Element" [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,660 to $18,912 per year
47 Glenbrook Avenue, North York, Ontario, M6B 2L7

North York
Magnificent Minds caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Language School
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • $10,000 to $20,000 per year
2420 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1

North Vancouver
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $27,000 per year
1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1

Toronto
Academy C60 is a small school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $1,450 to $2,200 per course
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
3450 Boundary Road, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5M 4A4

Langley
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
207 Bayswater Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 2G5

Ottawa
Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $15,000 per year
6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5

Mississauga
The Good Samaritan School for Exceptional Students is a special needs/alternative private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Faith Based
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
240 The Donway West, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2V8

Toronto
Brighton School, a special needs private school in Toronto, Ontario, offers grades one through 12 with total enrolment of 60 day students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $24,552 per year
15 Breadalbane Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C2

Toronto
The YMCA Academy is an alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,500 per year
2950 Keele Street Suite 102 and 202, North York, Ontario, M3M 2H2

North York
Finding the Way, a special needs school in North York, focuses on helping children with autism and learning differences, from PS to grade 8. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $18,000 to $26,000 per year
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8

North Vancouver
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,950 to $22,950 per year
6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5

Mississauga
Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,500 to $8,500 per year
297 Old Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1C 1B4

Toronto
Guildwood Village Montessori SchoolO/A Montessori Village and Education Centre is a montessori school in Scarborough. We offer inclusive programs for pre-kintergraten to grade eight. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • $5,200 to $8,600 per year
3641, avenue Prud'homme, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6

Montreal
Centennial is the only high school (grade 7 to 11) in Quebec that helps students with challenges of learning (or disabilities) to master their learning challenges and graduate on time. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • $18,265 to $18,360 per year
6670 Campobello Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2L8

Mississauga
Oakwood Academy is a special needs private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $14,500 to $50,000 per year
950 S. Brehm Lane, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901

Carbondale
Brehm is a boarding school for students with learning disabilities or differences. Brehm limits its focus to just 90 students in order to provide the attention and service our students deserve. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $43,000 to $71,000 USD per year
41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1P9

Toronto
Kohai Educational Centre is a special needs private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 and higher in Toronto. Its average class size is two to six students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $32,975 per year
649 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1C2
1884 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5J 1J7

Mississauga
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • $6,800 to $12,950 per year
85 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, N3T 2X2

Brantford
Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • $3,950 to $7,950 per year
801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $27,500 to $30,000 per year
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6727 South Chippawa Road, West Lincoln, Ontario, L0R 2J0
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $46,750 to $48,750 per year
view profile
275 Rudar Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1S2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,500 to $20,300 per program
view profile
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
425 Marché Way, Unit 201, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5J3
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,320 to $19,260 per year
view profile
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,660 to $18,912 per year
view profile
47 Glenbrook Avenue, North York, Ontario, M6B 2L7
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Language School
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • $10,000 to $20,000 per year
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2420 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $27,000 per year
view profile
1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $1,450 to $2,200 per course
view profile
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
3450 Boundary Road, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5M 4A4
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
207 Bayswater Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 2G5
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $15,000 per year
view profile
6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Faith Based
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
240 The Donway West, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2V8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $24,552 per year
view profile
15 Breadalbane Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C2
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,500 per year
view profile
2950 Keele Street Suite 102 and 202, North York, Ontario, M3M 2H2
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $18,000 to $26,000 per year
view profile
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,950 to $22,950 per year
view profile
6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,500 to $8,500 per year
view profile
297 Old Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1C 1B4
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • $5,200 to $8,600 per year
view profile
3641, avenue Prud'homme, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • $18,265 to $18,360 per year
view profile
6670 Campobello Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2L8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $14,500 to $50,000 per year
view profile
950 S. Brehm Lane, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $43,000 to $71,000 USD per year
view profile
41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1P9
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $32,975 per year
view profile
649 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1C2
1884 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5J 1J7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • $6,800 to $12,950 per year
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85 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, N3T 2X2
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • $3,950 to $7,950 per year
view profile

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