Spectrum College Transition Program provides a supportive residential post-secondary program for young men with Asperger's Syndrome and Executive Functioning Deficits, who want to attend college, but require assistance academically, socially, and emotionally.
Spectrum College Transition Program, a residential post secondary program for young men with Asperger's Syndrome, was established in 2009, as a natural transition from our K-12th Grade Private Day School for students with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. In 2014, our students founded Sigma Tau Epsilon, the first Asperger Fraternity in the United States, and helped our young men normalize the "program".
We assist our students in obtaining a GED/Certificate/Associate Degree/Bachelor Degree/Apprenticeships/Internships.
All students attend a post secondary program of their choice within a 30 mile radius of the Spectrum house. Some of the programs include: Scottsdale Community College, Phoenix College, Gateway Community College, University of Advancing Technology, and ASU West.
Our social and life skills program assists students with developing transferable skills to use throughout adulthood. These skills include pragmatic communication, developing relationships,character buildingtime management, organizational skills, meal preparation, money management, and recreational activities.
Our therapeutic team includes a Neuropsychiatrist, who meets with each student for monthly therapy and medication oversight, and our Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist meets with each student each week or more, if needed. The therapeutic team works closely with our Program Director, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor and our Residential Directors to implement Mindfulness based therapy and a Positive Behavioral Approach. Effective tools and strategies are offered to enhance our service delivery.
All parents are supported by our Parent Coach Professionals, and they participate in phone counseling sessions to assist parents with much appreciated support throughout the students stay at Spectrum, and also during crucial transition times, during the academic year. The support provided by the parent coaches helps both parents and the team to implement consistency, using the same positive behavioral supports across different contexts.
Staff work in conjunction with each student to develop a transition plan, as they prepare for their next step after succeeding at Spectrum.
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Spectrum is a unique program for young men who genuinely want to participate in college and learn how to take ownership over their struggles with the social world. During the time our son attended Spectrum, we did see students who were asked to leave the program, because they were either too behavioral or were incapable of attending a college program. It took our son two years to graduate from SCC and Spectrum, but he now lives independently in an apartment. We have the staff and the therapeutic network that is associated with Spectrum to thank for his independence! We will be grateful forever!" K's Parents
I have been in the education business for over 30 years, and, through this time, I have been asked for advice and to research schools for a number of families with youngsters in need of special accommodations. In this capacity I have visited a large number of schools to assist in finding the best fit for these kids. One of these journeys led me to the Spectrum Transition Program in Scottsdale, Arizona. I found Spectrum to be the "crown jewel" of programs. The leadership is extraordinary, compassionate, understanding and very challenging. The support staff is a dedicated group of young professionals, who truly have the interests of their students. The accommodations are beautiful and perfectly maintained, an atmosphere of support and learning exists around every corner, and the sense of commitment to success is unquestioned. Communication with the leadership is open,accessible, and consistent. In looking for a school for your youngster that will give you 100 % commitment, look at Spectrum.
Spectrum College Transition Program is a godsend for parents. Spectrum allows parents a physical and mental distance, with a telephoto lens, so we can better understand our child's behaviors. In our son's case, it was difficult to know where his Aspergers began and normal teenage manipulation merged. My tendency, as a "good" mother of a child with"special needs," was to jump in at a moments notice and try to solve many of his problems. After two months in the Spectrum Progam, we are beginning to objectively see our son, how to support him without micromanaging him and how to allow him to solve his own problems. This is a program that has helped me as much as my son!
We gave you our broken, heart wrenched, disturbed, depressed, fearful, overly concerned, angry son...and his heart broken family...and you gave us back a well adjusted, happy, involved, connected, loving, helpful, and hopeful son.