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Alpine Learning Group Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: Alpine Learning Group transforms the lives of individuals with autism and their families by providing innovative, comprehensive and scientifically-validated services across the lifespan. "At Alpine Learning Group, our son is treated with respect and his life has dignity and purpose. His future is full of possibilities and they never cease to amaze us! "

Results: Founded in 1988, Alpine Learning Group is a renowned, ABA-based program. that has served as a model for other school programs in the country. At a time when most people thought that children with autism were hopeless, our founders believed that every individual deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. From these humble beginnings, Alpine Learning Group has become a leader in the field of autism education and is internationally renowned for its methods, research and success. In 2016, Alpine Learning Group opened the doors to the new Ely Center for Adult Learning, a 13,000 square foot, state of the art facility dedicated to providing community-based supported employment and on-going education for adults with autism. Alpine Learning Group now offers diagnostic evaluations and short-term behavior interventions, along with a wide array of clinical services to meet the growing needs of the autism community. In the fall of 2017, Alpine launched its Business Academy - a New Jersey Department of Education approved transition program for ages 18-21, which focuses heavily on job sampling and placement.

Target demographics: Children and adults with autism.

Programs: Our programs include: - School Program - Clinical Services - Adult Program - Social Skills Groups - Transition Services Visit our website for more information.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother is severely autistic, and attended ALG for several years as a child and teenager. It is peerless in the field of autism education. Dedicated and well-trained teachers and staff, and well organized for funding, outreach, and parent support. Really cannot say enough for how much of a difference they made in my family's life. They helped my brother develop a skill set that significantly augmented his ability to communicate with us, and gave him the building blocks and skills to live a happier life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have often heard members of public school state, "it is our job to provide a vehicle for these students, it doesn't have to be a mercedes," when speaking of the services they provide/do not provide for the students in their district. That is definitely not the motto at Alpine Learning Group! The care and dedicate they provide to each and every one of their students is amazing. Every curriculum is completely individualized for each student's own personal needs, as is their home program. The teachers put in countless hours to ensure each student is getting exactly what they need and making sure the parents are involved and comfortable with the level of instruction their child is receiving. Alpine does an amazing job of ensuring all their teachers and assistants are fully trained in ABA each year; so much so that other schools send their new teachers/assistants to Alpine's annual training! This speaks volumes of the level of training each staff member is receiving. If I am ever in need of services, I hope and pray that my child will be lucky enough to be part of the Alpine family!

2 Kim_111

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no better school for autism than Alpine in the world. They use behavioral teaching methods that are scientifically proven to be successful, have an extraordinarily well trained, caring and deeply committed staff and Bridget Taylor, the founder and leader of the school, and far and away the best and most knowledgeable educational professional in the field of autism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alpine Learning Group puts the excel in excellence! Each learner that attends the school is given undivided attention to enable reaching the fullest success they are capable of achieving. The entire staff exhibits caring and dedication beyond expectations.
Alpine should be a model for other like facilities.

Suzette J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to be a part of ALG! Alpine's dedication to excellence changes the lives of families that face the challenges of autism each and every day. We cannot thank them enough for all that they have done for our daughter and our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Alpine is such a wonderful program! The leadership and staff are dedicated to improving the lives of the children and families they serve. We are extremely grateful for everything they have done for Melanie and our family. She has made remarkable progress under their care and we are confident that she will continue to grow and lead a meaningful adult life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ALG is truly Holy Ground--when faced with the challenges of dealing for your entire life with a special needs child--teenager--young adult and beyond you dream of a place that can provide guidance--care--safety through all of lifes transitions. Alpine Learning Group is that dream place. ALG is by your side throughout guiding you and your family through first hand experience. There is none better !!! I`ve seen them all.

Mark Gladstone

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alpine is awesome! Alpine offers services that are above and beyond the expectations of a school for individuals with autism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alpine is truly a place where children and adults with autism are able to grow and learn. Every staff member is highly educated and passionate about their position, and it shows. As a sibling of an Alpine student, I can honestly say that my brother's life would be drastically different if he did not have the guidance of his teachers on a daily basis. Alpine values every aspect of helping a child with autism grow into a young adult that can be a part of his/her community. I am forever grateful to Alpine and the staff that is so dedicated to being there!

Lori81

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alpine Learning Group has changed our family's life in ways we never could have imagined. Our son has only been enrolled in Alpine's education program for less than a year; however, the changes in him are amazing. The entire staff is 100% dedicated to helping each student reach their full academic, social and emotional potential. Students are treated with respect and professionalism. Without question Alpine is the single greatest thing to ever happen to our entire family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best thing my husband and I have done for our son was getting him enrolled at Alpine Learning Group. He started there when he was 3.5 years old. He is now 7. The entire staff, led by Bridget Taylor, are dedicated, passionate, patient and experienced. The progress our son has made is nothing short of miraculous. He is now engaged with people and in the world around him. He has a wide range of interests and is above grade level academically. He is independent and a pleasure to be around. If not for Alpine, I know he would be a shadow of the child we have today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The school has been a blessing to our family, it has served both my daughter and nephew. The dedication of each and every staff member to the education of our children is unparalleled. It extends way beyond the classroom, to the home, all family members, including 'typical' siblings. They pay attention to every detail, they are very receptive and open to parent's input and request. They love what they do, they love our children, and take special care to treat them as individuals, always raising the bar for them, never comprimising.
Frankly, I just run out of words to express our gratitude for all the great things they have done, and continue to do.
This is a great place, my daughter loves it, we love it, and it's hard to imagine what our lives would be like without these dedicated teachers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alpine is top-notch in everything it does! From their school program to their outreach services and adult program, they provide the most state of the art evidenced-based treatment for children and adults with autism and their families. In addition to serving their learners, Alpine also serves the greater autism community through opportunities for training and research and dissemination of their technology and procedures. Simply put, Alpine is THE BEST!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Dave30

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alpine has had an extraordinary impact on our son's life, and that of our family's. SInce he began receiving outreach services in 2010, and has attend the school full time since last year, we have watched him grow tremendously. It's been a broad impact on his overall engagement, conduct, and speech. We can't thank Alpine enough. I can't imagine a more caring and dedicated group of professionals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with autism in February 2010. We started working with Alpine Outreach in July 2010 and my son has improved tremendously. When he started with Alpine, he had severe self-injurious behaviors (which were greatly decreased in the first few months of his therapy program), had very little speech, didn't make eye contact and had a very difficulty time attending and focusing. Today, he's in a partial mainstream kindergarten and extremely talkative. The therapy Alpine provide to my son has been lifechanging.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We contacted Alpine Learning Group early last year after our son was diagnosed with Autism. He started working with the Outreach program in July 2010. A little over a year later, a child that could barely speak is not only speaking he's hard to keep quiet. And we wouldn't have it any other way. It's because of the hard work of the therapists, case manager and Outreach director that our son has made such HUGE progress.

We can never thank Alpine enough for helping us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Year after year, Alpine Learning Group continues to set the standard for what excellence in education should be for learners with autism. Within minutes of visiting one of Alpine's classrooms, I knew the school would provide me with an exceptional training experience - not only in teaching me the fundamentals of ABA but more importantly, showing me how to be a fun, motivating and effective instructor with the learners themselves. The commitment of Dr. Taylor and her staff to providing the best possible services to the learners and the families of Alpine is evident in every thing they do and I am grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful organization. As a clinician working in the field, I have had the opportunity to see many educational programs for learners with autism and Alpine remains the best and the brightest!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been part of the Alpine Outreach program of over a year now. We are thrilled with them and the results they have given my son Connor. The team is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. I get along with the entire group and my son loves and connects with them. They are truly wonderful for this area and the Autism community!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi,

My son Connor Graffanino has been receiving ABA therapy for approx. 20 hours a week from Alpine Learning Group since May 2011. He was diagnosed Autistic in April 2011 at 21 months old. Connor has progressed so much from receiving therapy from them. The therapists go to the daycare center that he is at, and work with him 2 times a day. They work in the class with him and one on one sessions. They are very professional and knowledgeable about kids with this disability. Every Thursday they have clinic at the daycare to discuss future goals, and achievements. My son loves all 3 therapists that see him- Erica, Beth and Karen. He is talking and communicating much more since this began. Just this week, Erica said he has over 100 words in his vocabulary! He is learning to interact and be more social with others. They have done wonders for him and my family! I love that he is being treated from Alpine, and would recommend them to anyone!

Michelle Graffanino
Mom to a special little boy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a social skills instructor who has consulted in schools in five states, I can tell you that the Alpine Learning Group is one of the best programs I have seen. Under the skilful leadership of Dr. Bridget Taylor, ALG has become a highly respected school for children with autism. I have visited ALG many times, and I am continually impressed by the level of professionalism of the staff and the high standards they set for the students in their care. I consider ALG to be a model non-profit. That is why I reached out to Dr. Taylor when our newly formed non-profit was creating a recreation center for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Taylor’s willingness to share her insight and expertise helped us to successfully open our center this summer.

Terese Dana, BCaBA
Founder, TD Social Skills
President, Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy