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ASCEND (Autism Spectrum Center for Educational and Neurological Development) is a an Arizona non-profit school specializing in K-12 special education for individuals with autism, challenging behaviors, developmental disabilities, and language disorders. ASCEND adheres to:

ASCEND is a K-12 school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disabilities. We structure our program on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles. The school day at ASCEND runs on a consistent routine. When students arrive they go to their classroom and begin with thirty minutes of daily opening activities, such as visual schedules, sensory diet, the Pledge of Allegiance, weather, and current events. Academics, functional living skills, independent living skills, and vocational concepts are integrated into group lessons.  We work well with children who have sensory integration issues and implement individualized sensory diets as needed.

Students also can receive music instruction, one individual occupational therapy session, and one individual speech therapy session per week. Students ages 16 years and older typically complete two hours of transitional and vocational training each week.

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