Alpine Learning Group is a wonderful organization that had a tremendous role in my brother's recovery from autism. After being diagnosed with autism in 1990, at age 2, Alpine's co-founder Bridget Taylor worked closely with and put a team around my brother. By age 5, the improvement was significant enough for re-evaluation and clearance for public school kindergarten. Now in our twenties, both of us enjoy volunteering and fundraising for this great non-profit school every chance we get.
As an intern at Alpine Learning Group during the summer 2012 I gained knowledge and a great experience from a group of amazing teachers and staff. The time I spent as an intern at Alpine was life changing and has inspired me to follow in their footsteps to make a difference in children's lives. The energy and love the teachers had for their students made a difference everyday in the lives of the students who attend Alpine Learning Group. At Alpine the students are exposed to a great program and learning resources which Alpine offers to all their students. Any child who attends Alpine would gain an amazing learning experience from those who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.
I had a wonderful experience working at Alpine. I volunteered under Daniele Favre-Panayotatos in Development and Fundraising. I came in with only a little experience in fundraising and development and left with so much knowledge. I felt very much a part of the Alpine family and everyone I worked with was generous and helpful. I gained a lot of knowledge and stretched myself.
I volunteered at Alpine Learning Group's summer program in 2010 and 2011. During this time, I observed in the classrooms, did prep work and was trained on various teaching techniques. Further, I attended a staff development week.
It was a great experience to be part of this professional, enthusiastic and friendly team of teachers. I wish every child with autism could receive an education like this!
I want to work with individuals with autism after I graduate from medical school. During my volunteer assignment I was able to learn from the best in this field. Not only did I learn a lot, I also had so much fun. I greatly appreciate that Dr. Bridget Taylor and her team provided me with this opportunity. I couldn't think of a better place to volunteer during my summer break!
The Alpine Learning Center has an affiliation with the Dental Hygiene Program at Bergen Community College. As a faculty member, I accompany the Dental Hygiene students to Alpine and we work with their learners to teach them how to cooperate for a dental appointment. Conversely, our students learn how to work with childen who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
In the spring semester, some of the Alpine learners come to our Dental Hygiene Clinic and receive examinations, prophylaxis (cleaning), and flouride treatments from our students. It is wonderful to see them able to work together and accomplish their objectives /treatment.
In addition, it is an encouragement to hear that some of the Alpine learners have been able to go to the dentist and have their treatment completed in an office setting (as opposed to going to the operating room and having treatment under general anesthesia).
I am honored to be able to mentor and guide our students while they provide dental hygiene treatment for the Alpine learners. It is a win win situation for all involved!