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Autism Support Schools

Autism Schools

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

Autism Support Schools

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. In all of the cases below, 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

We urge you to closely investigate each of the schools listed below in order to find out the success rate of their programs, their expertise, the 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?

Understanding Autism

In recent years, the phrase autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has come into vogue, and it 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 "autism schools" you investigate should be aware of these, it is most important that they specialize in understanding and dealing with your child's autism.


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)
  • Varies
6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
Wellandport
Robert Land Academy is a military/special needs private school in Wellandport, Ontario. It offers programs for grades six to 12. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $40,750 - $44,750
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
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $24,000 - $30,000
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)
  • Varies
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 & AP (Coed)
  • Varies
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
  • Alternative
  • Troubled Teens
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
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)
  • $22,185
6670 Campobello Rd, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N2L8
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)
  • $20,000 - $32,000
60 Riviera Drive, Markham, Ontario, L4E5B4
Markham
Aspiration Academy provides a programme which combines the content and objectives of the Ontario Curriculum with the methodology of Precision Teaching-based teaching. Pre-K, Kindergarten, to School-Age. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gifted
  • PS to 6 (Coed)
  • $6,000 - $18,000
47 Glenbrook Avenue, North York, Ontario, M6B 2L7
North York
Magnificent Minds caters to learners whose needs are not being met in larger school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • PS to 6 (Coed)
  • $2,000 - $21,000
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
  • PS to 12/UP (Coed)
  • $32,215
15 Breadalbane St., 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
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
  • PK to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,500 - $8,500
3641, avenue Prud'homme, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6
Montreal
Centennial Academy in Montreal runs from grade seven to 11, with English instruction and learning differences supported. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • $17,495
649 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1C2
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
  • PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $6,550 - $12,450
#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
Richmond
Our goal is to successfully treat, as well as teach, children and adolescents who, because of complex combinations of medical, psychiatric, and developmental problems are not functioning well in school based programs. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Gifted
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
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
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,000 - $22,000
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
North Vancouver
Our school specializes in educating and growing the confidence of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in Grades 2 through 9. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,950
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
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
297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
Scarborough
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
  • PK to 8 (Coed)
  • $4,700 - $8,500
8058 Concession 8, Utopia, Ontario, L0M 1T0
Utopia
Renaissance Academy is a special needs school that offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Utopia, Ontario. Its average class size is one to ten students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
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)
  • $41,400 - $66,900 USD
, Alliston, Ontario, L9R 1L6
Alliston
We offer an alternative to traditional education for all ages. We set a bar for all kids, and they are treated equally no matter what their past performance. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Special Needs
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,600 - $19,200
, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 2E3
Burlington
Missing Links Academy incorporates clinically proven ABA methodologies, combined with Ministry of Ontario curriculum. Contact us to discover why Missing Links is the "Missing Link" to autism. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Special Needs
  • PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $24,500 - $38,500
24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
Mississauga
We have created a prepared environment for the success of children ages 18 months to 5 1/2 years old with Full-Day, Half-Day, & Part-Time programs to meet the needs of families in Mississauga. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • $3,000 - $12,000
1300 Don Mills Rd. Suite 101, North York, Ontario, M3B 2W6
North York
Abacus Montessori is an authentic Montessori school in Toronto offering an academic program from September to June and exciting summer camps for children 18 months to 10 years at two convenient locations. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PK to 5 (Coed)
  • $6,200 - $11,000
(Please contact school for details), Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 2Y2
Vancouver
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
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)
  • Varies
275 Rudar Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1S2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $40,750 - $44,750
view profile
801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $24,000 - $30,000
view profile
207 Bayswater Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 2G5
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Faith Based
  • JK to 12 & AP (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Troubled Teens
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
240 The Donway West, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2V8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,185
view profile
6670 Campobello Rd, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N2L8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $20,000 - $32,000
view profile
60 Riviera Drive, Markham, Ontario, L4E5B4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Gifted
  • PS to 6 (Coed)
  • $6,000 - $18,000
view profile
47 Glenbrook Avenue, North York, Ontario, M6B 2L7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • PS to 6 (Coed)
  • $2,000 - $21,000
view profile
41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1P9
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • PS to 12/UP (Coed)
  • $32,215
view profile
15 Breadalbane St., Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C2
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,500
view profile
6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • PK to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,500 - $8,500
view profile
3641, avenue Prud'homme, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • $17,495
view profile
649 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1C2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $6,550 - $12,450
view profile
#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Gifted
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
2950 Keele Street Suite 102 and 202, North York, Ontario, M3M 2H2
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • $6,000 - $22,000
view profile
420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,950
view profile
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • PK to 8 (Coed)
  • $4,700 - $8,500
view profile
8058 Concession 8, Utopia, Ontario, L0M 1T0
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Special Needs
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
950 S. Brehm Lane, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $41,400 - $66,900 USD
view profile
, Alliston, Ontario, L9R 1L6
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Special Needs
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,600 - $19,200
view profile
, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 2E3
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Special Needs
  • PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $24,500 - $38,500
view profile
24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • $3,000 - $12,000
view profile
1300 Don Mills Rd. Suite 101, North York, Ontario, M3B 2W6
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • PK to 5 (Coed)
  • $6,200 - $11,000
view profile
(Please contact school for details), Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 2Y2
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
85 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, N3T 2X2
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile

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