The Joshua School is committed to helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disability attain the highest quality of life, valuing each unique mind, body and spirit.
We believe that every student can learn and that every student has the right to the highest quality of life. We believe in educating the whole child respecting his/her unique strengths and learning styles. We believe that comprehensive education has both impact and longevity. Therefore, we believe in educating students and families in multiple settings: at school, in the community, and in the home.
While The Joshua School recognizes the merits of common sense and of experiential learning to foster mental, physical, and spiritual growth, we believe that evidence-based practices are the most solid platform on which to stand. We utilize the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) throughout our program. ABA is the use of behavior analytic methods and research findings to change socially important behaviors in meaningful ways.
Our programming for learners often combines many research-validated methods (within ABA) into a comprehensive but highly individualized package. Skills and meaningful behaviors to be increased, and problem behaviors to be decreased, are clearly defined in observable terms. Goals are measured by direct observation and data is taken daily.