Program overview

Y.A.L.E. School PhiladelphiaY.A.L.E. School, with nearly 40 years of experience serving students with special needs and disabilities, proudly announces the opening of its newest campus location, Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia.

Located in the vibrant community of Manayunk, Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia provides an environment dedicated to cultivating the strengths, interests, and abilities of students on the autism spectrum and with related differences.

Engaging students in grades 1-8, Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia offers a highly individualized, challenging and creative curriculum for students who are academically capable, but who experience difficulties in their current school environment because of sensory, social competency, executive function, anxiety or learning differences.

Students benefit from best practices including ABA, positive behavior supports, and instruction based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking®, the Wilson Reading System®, and early transition planning. Hands-on, project-based learning leverages each student’s interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through classroom and community resources that encourage discovery and exploration.


About our students

Age/grade range: Approximately 5 years to 14 years of age, or grades 1-8
Diagnoses:
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Executive functioning differences
  • Social compentency differences
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Learning differences

Students come to Y.A.L.E. School with a wide range of abilities and aspirations. Many have experienced learning, emotional, and social frustrations in other school settings, at home, and in their communities.

Often, they have one or more clinical diagnoses including anxiety disorder; autism spectrum disorder, and Social Communication Disorder.

While each student is unique, each shares a learning profile with our other students. They require individualized, comprehensive, evidence-based intervention, and a school that is staffed by well-trained professionals who understand and appreciate them, as well as prove deeply committed to students’ individual progress and well-being.


About Jacqueline Turner

Jackie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s  degree in education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis from the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) and is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International as well as the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts.

Before joining Y.A.L.E. in 2016, Jackie worked in a variety of roles at a large behavioral health provider.  Most recently, she oversaw all clinical/behavior analytic services as well as the quality assurance and regulatory aspects at a large residential provider.  She has dedicated herself to the continuous improvement and growth of children’s programming through the development of operational systems and staff training.

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About our location

The Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia campus is located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.

Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia is also just a short distance from the Y.A.L.E. Manayunk Overnight Experience residence, where our students have the opportunity to participate in supervised overnight stays to practice transition skills, including: meal planning and preparation, home management, personal grooming and hygiene, personal finance and money-management, mobility, social skills, and career awareness.


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