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The Hope Center

The Hope Center offers a public charter school for children with autism and related disabilities in pre kindergarten through grade two. The Hope Center offers a curriculum guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and utilizes low staff to student ratios to provide an individualized, comprehensive, and intensive educational program for each of our students. All of our individual education plans are overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and implemented by a teacher certified in Exceptional Student Education and trained and experienced paraprofessionals and therapists.

The Hope Center is a public school, and therefore does not charge tuition. Similar private schools charge upwards of $36,000 per year. Due to public school regulation, The Hope Center can only accept students residing in Martin County.

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Surfers for Autism

On May 30th, Stuart Beach hosted the 7th Annual Treasure Coast Surfers For Autism. The Hope Center came to support the event. Read the article by Marilyn Raymond at TC Palm.



Golf for Hope 10th Annual Golf Tournament

The Golf for Hope 10th Annual Tournament is coming Saturday, April 18th, 2015. The golf tournament will be held at the Santa Lucia River Club in Port St. Lucie. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM, and the tournament will begin at 8:30 AM with a shotgun start. Registration costs $200 per player or $700 for a foursome. Lunch is included. There are sponsorship opportunities as well. Some sponsorship deals contain player registrations. Only 88 players will be allowed to participate, so be sure to apply as soon as possible. For more information, visit our Fundraising Events Page.

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Beerworks Fundraiser Brings Support

On Saturday. November 15th, Beerworks Charitable Foundation Inc. held its 7th Annual Treasure Coast Beer Fest in Port St. Lucie. During this event, $3,000 was raised for The Hope Center for Autism. This is the 2nd year Beerworks contributed to our school. This contribution will help children with autism and their families. The Hope Center is grateful for all of the fundraising Beerworks does in our community. Read the full article at TC Palm.


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STS Aviation Group Helps Hope Center


The Hope Center would like to thank STS Aviation Group and their Vice President of Operations, T.J. Scott, for their generous donations and help with autism awareness. STS recently gave the Hope Center 8 new electronic tablets, which will help our students learn. Scott has 2 boys with Asperger’s Syndrome, one of several Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scott family.

Read Scott’s article here.

Learning to Play with Friends

Learning to play with friends is an important part of growing up. It leads to other social skills that are useful as an adult. While most elementary school children steadily learn how to make friends, others find his task more challenging. Children with autism often have difficulties with social skills. At the Hope Center, we help these children make new friends as well as help them learn to act more friendly toward their friends.

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IRSC Night of Networking Fundraiser

Come to Indian River State College’s Night of Networking fundraiser and meet people in your area. Business owners and IRSC alumni, students, and faculty will be there to greet you. There will be food, music, and a raffle. Proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 will be given to help the Hope Center, so be sure to enter for your chance to win prizes! The event will take place on January 22nd, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the IRSC St.Lucie West Campus in room D 107. Visit our Fundraising – Events page for more information.


Encouraging Acceptable Behaviors

At the Hope Center, we teach and encourage acceptable behaviors. Children with autism can have difficulties with communicating their wants and needs. They might kick and scream to get what they want. This is a behavior we to work to change. By teaching students proper communication tools, the students have new, more acceptable options than throwing a tantrum in frustration. Communication can be difficult for a child with autism, and some of our students are still working on using words. However, body language such as pointing and nodding heads can be a good transition.

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Individual Learning Plans Used at Hope Center

The Hope Center uses individual learning plans to focus on each child’s needs. Teacher uses one-on-one sessions with students to assess and provide for those needs. The assessment process analyzes characteristics autistic children generally have difficulty with and which of those characteristics need to be developed more. These characteristics include social skills, intelligence, and behaviors that might interfere with the education process. These factors are then used to form a unique learning strategy for each student in order to give those students the best opportunities for success.

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Deputy Sheriff Visits Hope Center

20140926_093001On September 26, Deputy Sheriff Andrew Porcelli came to the Hope Center to teach students about safety. Read the full article by Hope Center Administrative Assistant Marilyn Raymond at TCPalm.com.

Stacie and George Discuss Upcoming Fundraiser on Reach Radio

on Saturday, Hope Center Director Stacie Routt and Jupiter Light Masonic Lodge member George Kester went on Reach Radio to discuss the upcoming Jupiter Light 8th Annual Golf Tournament for Autism. The golf tournament will be at the PGA National Fazio Golf Course in Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Registration begins at 7:30am and the shotgun start begins at 8:30am. This is a fundraiser for The Hope Center for Autism and children with autism and their families. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit our Fundraising Events page. Listen to what Stacie and George had to say below.


The Hope Center for Autism
1695 SE Indian St
Stuart, FL 34997
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