Autism Academy For Education And Development

Empowering Children on the Spectrum


Who We Are:

The Autism Academy for Education and Development (AAED) stands as Arizona’s premier K-12+ school for children with Autism. Our unwavering commitment lies in providing exceptional education and support services to children on the autism spectrum. AAED boasts full accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and we proudly hold Safety-Care Certification.

Our dedicated team members undergo rigorous training in Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Techniques. This paramount program equips them to proactively address behavioral challenges, implement early de-escalation strategies, and ensure the safe management of behaviors. Rooted in evidence-based practices within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), our curriculum empowers both staff and students with cutting-edge strategies.

Safety-Care seamlessly aligns with our mission to foster a nurturing, secure, and dynamic learning environment. Notably, it surpasses the stringent accreditation criteria set forth by reputable organizations such as CARF, JCAHO, COA, and other esteemed agencies dedicated to upholding quality care standards.

Our Mission:

To assist every student with autism to be equipped and able to achieve academic, social, and behavioral excellence in an environment centered on strong character values

autismgraphic1OUR 10-POINT PHILOSOPHY

At the Autism Academy for Education and Development, we strive to improve the lives of each student, their families, and their communities. As a school focused on children with autism, we achieve this by addressing the needs of every student academically, socially, and behaviorally.

  1. We believe every child is exceptional.
  2. We strive to improve the lives of each student, their families, and their communities.
  3. As a school solely focused on children with autism, we address the needs of every student academically, socially, and behaviorally.
  4. The character and social skills program we offer provides a solid life skills foundation.
  5. Our aim is to ensure that students have the groundwork to function as valued, productive, and successful individuals.
  6. Ultimately, we seek to empower students to fulfill their potential and contribute to their communities.
  7. As a school devoted to children with autism, we maintain the highest level of commitment to provide students with the best education possible.
  8. Our character program has key components designed to prevent bullying and teach students strategies for anti-bullying.
  9. This proven philosophical structure is the narrative that empowers students to attain their highest level of academic and social achievement.
  10. Our campuses provide the support and resources needed to allow each student to flourish in a strong values-based environment that focuses on compassion.


Our Building Blocks:

Our Beginning:

The Autism Academy for Education and Development (AAED), established in 2013, operates five campuses across Arizona with an additional online option. Their focus is on providing individualized academic programs for students on the autism spectrum. These programs incorporate social skills development, life skills training, and various therapies. Founded by Laura Newcomb, a former Special Education Director with 25 years of experience, AAED's curriculum addresses the specific needs of autistic children. Their teaching methods encompass small group instruction, structured classrooms, and a variety of engaging learning activities. Beyond academics, AAED offers middle and high school students opportunities for community involvement, vocational training, and transition programs to prepare them for life beyond school. Students at AAED demonstrate measurable growth in academics, behavior, and social skills, fostering friendships, building strong values, and pursuing further education or employment.

Our Services:

  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): We collaborate with parents to develop customized learning plans that cater to each student's specific needs and goals.
  • Social Skills Development: We integrate social-emotional learning into our curriculum to help students build positive relationships and communication skills.
  • Speech and Language Therapy: Our speech-language pathologists work directly with students to improve communication and language skills.
  • Occupational Therapy: Our occupational therapists help students develop essential life skills and address sensory processing needs.
  • Adapted Physical Education: Our adapted PE program promotes physical development, motor skills, and teamwork in a safe and inclusive environment.
  • Art and Music Programs: We offer creative outlets through art and music, fostering self-expression and enhancing overall well-being.
  • Therapeutic Support Services: We offer a range of therapeutic support services, including behavior intervention.
  • Family Support: We believe in empowering families by providing resources, workshops, and support groups.

Empower Your Child's Future with AAED

At AAED, we are passionate about helping children on the spectrum reach their full potential. We believe every child deserves a bright future, and we're here to support them every step of the way.

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