Our Story

Garden Academy is a non-profit school for children with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 3- and 21-years old. Our mission is to improve the lives of those affected by autism through a family-centered, behavior analytic approach to education, outreach to communities, and ongoing contact with and contributions to the scientific field. 

Garden Academy was founded by parents in response to a critical shortage of appropriate educational services—services that can have a profound impact on the lives of children with autism and their families. In just a few short years, we have grown from a dream into one of the preeminent programs in our region. Thanks to our professional development efforts, research, and dissemination work, our impact extends far beyond the children who attend our school. 

What We've Achieved

  • Helping Students: Our program is full-day, year-round with a 1-to-1 staff ratio. All aspects of the program are behavior analytic and are highly individualized to address specific needs of each student. [Our Educational Program]

  • Training Professionals: Garden Academy provides Masters- and Doctoral-level training to promising new professionals—the future leaders in education for children with autism.

    Professionals trained at Garden Academy have published research, are running classrooms, working as consultants to families and school districts, as well as training other professionals throughout our region. [Careers]

  • Clinically relevant research: Our research directly benefits students at Garden Academy and the broader autism community. Our research and dissemination efforts are just one way we impact the lives of individuals with autism far beyond our school. [Publications]

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