June 08, 2015
Avondale House is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency that provides, primarily, educational services to individuals with autism. To that end, we operate a year-round day school where we serve over 70 students from more than 12 different school districts, ranging in age from 3 to 21 years old. We also have a smaller day habilitation program for young adults, where clients receive training in daily living skills and pre-vocational activities. The agency also operates three residential group homes in southwest Houston for our clients who are unable to live in their own homes.
Avondale is both a private school accredited by the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools and a nonpublic school for students with disabilities approved for contracting purposes by the Texas Education Agency. With certified teachers, licensed specialists, well-trained paraprofessionals, a low teacher-to-student ratio, and small, state-of-the-art classroom settings, Avondale’s educational programs are tailored to meet the specific individual needs of each of our students.
Our students, who are moderate to severe on the autism spectrum, frequently come to us with challenging behaviors that have prevented them from flourishing in other private or public schools. As such, we spend much time developing specific behavior intervention plans to support our students in our school and in their home settings. Our teaching staff receives extensive instruction for working with children and young adults with autism. They are trained in ABA methodology, TEKS standards, non-violent physical crisis intervention techniques (through Crisis Prevention Institute), emergency first aid, CPR/AED usage, and medication management. Avondale also has an on-site RN who oversees the medical care and medication usage of our students.
We are also a teaching facility for the community. We collaborate with Texas Children’s Hospital Meyer Center for pediatric residents, serve as an internship facility for students from UH-Clear Lake’s behavior analysis program, host students volunteer from UTMB-Galveston’s occupational therapy program, and provide training on “best practices” for special ed teachers from nearby independent school districts.
Our teaching, behavior support and administrative teams work together daily to meet the needs of our students and their families. We hope you will schedule a visit soon.
- submitted by a school leader