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Beyond the Spectrum Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health

Mission: At Beyond the Spectrum, our mission will always revolve around serving families in our community affected by Autism and other related diagnoses. We serve children ages 4-22 with autism and related abilities in Manatee, Sarasota, and surrounding counties.

Target demographics: those in our community affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disabilities.

Geographic areas served: Sarasota, Florida

Programs: Dedicated to providing comprehensive, individualized behavioral therapy services of the highest quality to individuals with disabilities such as autism, autism spectrum disorder and behavioral disorders. To support children and their families in finding necessary resources and assist the client in adapting to a multitude of environments, such as home, school and social environments aiding them to reach their fullest potential.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Mindy Lee C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We’re new this year at Beyond the Spectrum and we are just blown away at everything - our son lovesssss going to school and counts down to go right back. So I know they are doing something right for sure! He absolutely loves it and everyone has been beyond amazing! Everyone is so nice and it’s just been an amazing experience! So glad we found Beyond the Spectrum and thank them so much for everything they do!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are new at Beyond the Spectrum this year and we love it! The admission process was smooth and everyone has been so helpful. Our son loves his teachers, aides, and everyone at BTS. We are very happy to have found this amazing school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been raising our first granddaughter since birth. When she was in 5th grade we had to start looking for a middle school for her. There was no place in our public school system for her. She was also going to therapy. The therapists told us about Beyond the Spectrum. We checked it out. We were so impressed. We knew that was the place for her. She is autistic and deaf. She also had behavioral problems. They handled all of her. They helped shape her and also supported us. Any questions or any problems they were there. Beyond the Spectrum is a fantastic place with even more fantastic people. They truly care about each and every child. We are so glad we found them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so incredibly blessed to have Beyond the Spectrum in our lives. My son started with the OT when he was 1 and was able to start at the school a couple years later. The staff goes above and beyond to help him grow into the little boy that he is today. They not only invest their time but their hearts. They celebrate with us with every step he takes. They have become apart of our family. He has grown in leaps and bounds with the support and help from Beyond the Spectrum. He feels safety and security there, which is so important, as well as love and devotion. As a mom, it gives me peace knowing that he is with people who care so much as well as being prepared for whatever life brings. I am so thankful for the staff at Beyond the Spectrum. It is truly one in a million.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has blossomed since being at BTS the last 2 1/2 years. When in an ESE public school classroom, she was always in trouble for her disabilities including crying! She began to hate school and her self-esteem was low. She also seemed to repeat the same education every year with no advancement. At BTS, she loves school again, is making academic strides, is treated with love and dignity, and given tools to help her cope. She also is given the full array of services right at school without being limited to what is listed on an IEP. We love BTS!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been a student at BTS’s Maripisa program for the past 10 years. I have seen great gains for him in his ability to be in diverse social situations and do beautifully, act maturely and responsibly. He enjoys gong to school everyday. He has several diagnoses and the Mariposa program has been able to address and meet his diverse needs. I so appreciate the therapies that he has access to daily as well as specials such as dance and volunteering for Mother’s Helping Mother’s! This is a well rounded program with very loving caring teachers, aids, therapists and staff.

1 Tina Kuiken B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a bad experience with another local school and Beyond the Spectrum came to the rescue, our son has been going to BTS now since he was 5.

2 Anoesjka S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very proud to say that I am a Teacher at Beyond The Spectrum. This school is amazing. Every child knows that they are safe and loved. The teachers all are amazing and love what they do. We have amazing services weekly like OT, speech, music, ABA and even dance! This school goes beyond any other school that I know!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a sibling of a student attending BTS and as a staff member, I am thankful to be able to see the level of care that goes into serving members of our community every day. I always hear teachers brainstorming ideas on how they can best teach their students, and the amount of positive collaboration that happens throughout the school day is exceptional. There is nothing but love and support at Beyond the Spectrum, and I am so happy that the students here get to experience it!

2 milobean

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never thought we would find a school full of such beautiful people. The administration; Lora, Sharon, Loren, Laura, & Peggy are always helpful and inviting. What a difference that makes!
My son’s teacher for the second year in a row is the kindest, most loving, patient person on the planet. Ms. Anna continually finds ways to make learning fun while Mr. Paul & Ms. Janni support her and ensure the students are successful (and safe).

Other things that make BTS special : Class sizes are small, sensory issues are accommodated, & there’s daily two way written and verbal communication. The children are the top priority with everyone, not money.

Last but not least, The Running Club is genius! This picture is my favorite of Milo with his beloved teacher, Ms. Anna.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beyond the Spectrum has been home for me as an employee for 7 years. The passion of the staff to help the students achieve their highest potential is admirable. I have seen first hand the immeasurable difference the school and therapy clinic has made for so many families in our community.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never felt that my child was "wanted"at any school. When we found Beyond the Spectrum, not only did they want him, they helped him beyond our wildest dreams!! They are family oriented and believe in a multi step approach with the kids. From ABA to speech, music therapy and OT. Interactive metronome and riding therapy are being added to the program next school year. What a godsend this school has been for us!