About The Hope Center

Welcome to The Hope Center for Autism

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.

The Hope Center’s Butterfly – The Hope Center family is devastated over the loss of one of its most treasured past students  due to a fire, 11 year old Charlie Birely. The Birely/Laake family have been huge supporters of the school for many years and are considered family to everyone who has had the privilege of having them in their lives.  The Hope Center is providing a drop off site for any donations from the community in order to help this amazing family.  In addition, any Seacoast Bank branch is accepting donations under the Birely-Laake Family Fund and the following website is available and accepting donations. http:www.gofundme.com/HelpTheLaakeBirelyFamily

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STS Aviation Group Helps Hope Center

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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.

The news report above was produced by WPTV. Creative Commons License.

Events

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.

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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.

The news report above was produced by WPTV. Creative Commons License.

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.

The news report above was produced by WPTV. Creative Commons License.

Events

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.

Events

Jupiter Light 8th Annual Golf Tournament

For those of you who like golf tournaments, the Jupiter Light Masonic Lodge’s 8th Annual Gold Tournament is coming soon. Join us 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. Visit our Events Page for flyer and registration forms. This is a fundraiser for The Hope Center for Autism and children with autism and their families. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Join us for a game of golf in the sun, or just come out to support those with autism. Sign up today!

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The Hope Center for Autism
1695 SE Indian St
Stuart, FL 34997
(772)334-3288
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