Morgan Autism Center

Morgan Autism Center

Morgan Autism Center

With 50 years of experience, Morgan Autism Center is the Bay Area’s leading provider of trusted individualized educational services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

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About Morgan Autism Center

Morgan Autism Center's vision is to help children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities maximize their potential in a dignified, positive and loving environment.

The achievements of the Center’s School and Adult programs are due to their remarkable, passionate staff and board, as well as their effective educational philosophy (the Morgan Autism Center Model), which mines the best techniques from multiple developmental and educational models, and applies them to the individual needs of all students. The result is a nurturing, joyful environment that focuses on constant program optimization to deliver greater opportunities for student success.

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The School Program

The School Program

For students on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities whose educational needs are not fully met by existing public school programs, Morgan Autism Center provides an individualized school program that includes:

  • A high staff-to-student ratio with one to one or small groups, allowing them to build customized programs for each student.
  • A comprehensive approach that targets multiple areas of development—language, cognition, social behavior, motor, and self-help skills—creating the best opportunities for success.
  • They offer a high degree of flexibility to meet unique and changing educational needs, aligning their work with a student’s particular learning style. Continuous assessment of student’s progress is integral to the program.

A student’s school day unfolds in a carefully structured and supportive environment, with frequent one-on-one interaction with trained staff:

  • Individualized speech/language therapy
  • Academics (from basic cognitive skills to reading, writing, composition, and math)
  • Individualized occupational therapy
  • Play and social skills
  • Physical education
  • Art and Music therapy

    They also emphasize teaching vocational and independent living skills, both on-site and at a variety of community locations.

Reverse Mainstreaming: Students from several nearby schools come weekly to Morgan Autism Center to facilitate communication and social skills development between typically developing students and students in the School Program.

Certified and endorsed: Morgan Autism Center is certified by the California Department of Education, and they are endorsed by 26 Bay Area school districts in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Alameda counties. Morgan Autism Center is a nonpublic school. Students are funded through public school districts. Referrals come from school districts, physicians, private therapists, parents, and other agencies.

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The Adult Program

The Adult Program

They believe that, just as with neurotypical students, education does not end with the completion of a school curriculum. Founded with a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Adult Program emphasizes improving the independent living and vocational skills of its participants.

Vocational training curriculum includes:

  • Computer skills
  • Office skills
  • Bulk mail preparation
  • Assembly
  • Garden/farm work
  • Art and Music Therapy

The Adult Program follows the same model as their school program, tailoring tasks and vocational work as is appropriate for their participants. Adult clients are closely supervised, working in small groups of two or three, with trained staff.

Referrals to the Adult Program come from parents, school districts, physicians, private therapists, regional centers and other agencies. Funding is provided by the regional centers and fundraising efforts.

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