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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

29 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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 4 year old son started Alpine Learning Group a little over a year ago and is making some remarkable strides in his learning. We are beginning to see some meaningful language emerge, which is remarkable to us since early on a few professionals (not associated with Alpine) told my husband and I that he may never speak at all! Alpine is changing not only our sons life but our daughters as well. She is 11 years old and has become a peer mentor at Alpine. In addition to mentoring, my daughter has formed a true friendship with the remarkable young lady she began mentoring last year. They see each other outside of school, text, shop, etc. just as she does with her other friends. This special relationship has shaped who my daughter has become with all of her friends. She has learned compassion, empathy and patience which have all made her a better person and friend. She is also running programs with her little brother during the home consultation program, where our sons teacher comes to our home biweekly and works on behaviors and skills we need help with. This teacher is amazingly patient and skilled at involving my daughter in my sons learning and making her feel as crucial as she truly is! In addition, through the Outreach department at Alpine we have teachers come to our home for ten hours a week to work with our son. These women are true professionals with the biggest hearts I've ever had the pleasure to know. It's incredible how the entire staff at Alpine takes these threads of my sons program and weave them into the most comprehensive learning program with the most amazing results! My son is growing in leaps and bounds because he is a student at Alpine and because the staff at Alpine educate the whole family on how best to help our son in every setting, with every skill and it's all done with respect and love. A parent couldn't ask for anything more!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started Alpine just two days after his third birthday, it was a dream come true! For a family with an Autistic child, being invited to attend Alpine is like winning the lottery. Alpine addresses the whole child, as well as the family. Our son's teacher makes a weekly home visit to set up programs and goals to improve our son's behavior and skill set as well as improve the quality of life for our whole family. The entire staff as a group are the warmest, most loving people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. When I drop off my precious boy at Alpine every morning, I know he will not just receive the therapeutic education that is vital for his progress but he is cared for and loved by wonderful people! When I pick him up at the end of the day, I see an enormous smile on an exhausted face...What more could a Mother ask for? In the two short months our son has been a student there, he has learned how to ride a tricycle, use a computer mouse and eat pizza with his hands to name only a few of his many new skills. I know that whatever potential is inside of my son will be realized as a result of being a part of the Alpine community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no doubt in my mind Alpine Learning Group has staved off Autism in my son. When he was just 1.5 years old, my son was diagnosed. At that time, he wasn't making eye contact, smiling (without being tickled), speaking, responding to any language of any kind, and was beginning repetitive and isolating behavior. Alpine is no doubt the world's leading authority in the only scientifically proven method of autism treatment - ABA. Their staff is dedicated to the field. They are the smartest, most caring, most professional people I have ever met. I truly believe they are one of God's gifts to me. I credit them with saving my son. In less than one year, all of the early signs disappeared. There are a few signs that he may be different - he likes numbers and he is not able to speak as well as other children, - but these symptoms does not make him stand out. In face, he approaches and enjoys the company of other children. People do not believe me when I tell them about his diagnosis. I hardly believe it myself , and that is because of Alpine.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 4 year old son has just started his 2nd year of school at Alpine & we have seen wonderful changes & progress over the past year. The staff is super & really helpful. Any issue we have they are there to help get us through.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attends Alpine Learning Group & we couldnt be happier with the services they provide. They provide an amazing environment & he is learning better then ever. We have seen improvements day after day & they are helping our entire family. I couldnt ask for a better placement.

Marek A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the five years since our son was born our family has experienced two life changing moments. The first was when we found out he had autism. The second was when he was accepted into Alpine Learning Group. Our son has blossomed thanks to the intensive, individualized instruction he has received at this school. The instructors and staff are tremendous, going above and beyond every day to help each learner reach their true potential. Alpine Learning Group will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I turned to the Alpine Learning Group when my daughter was diagnosed PDD-NOS. I didn't even understand yet what it meant to be "on the spectrum" but I was told that Alpine could provide some therapy that would bridge the gaps that public school might not. Before even knowing if I was eligible, or if I could afford to pay, the director of the outreach program spent a significant amount of time speaking to me and answering my questions via telephone and email. Even though I was not yet a client, I was receiving a level of assistance and courtesy that I had never received from my daughter's previous preschool where I was actually paying tuition.

The director of the Outreach Program then took on my daughter's case, and handled all the details with my insurance company so that my daughter could start receiving ABA services. Thanks to Angela, my daughter now receives over 15 hours a week!

We are very happy with the progress my daughter has made so far. There are a number of programs actively being run to address her needs. I love the clinic sessions that I get to sit in on, because I feel that I too am a part of her therapy. My daughter's case manager is very open and easy to talk to. I've addressed concerns about my daughter as well as concerns about her programs or the therapy in general, and she has always taken the time to listen objectively and discuss options. I've always been made to feel that I can speak openly and that my concerns are taken seriously.

The director of the outreach program and my daughter's case manager have both assisted me in reaching out to my daugher's preschool teacher and child study team. They've assisted me in knowing what I had to ask for, as well as explaining what to expect from the meeting process. They have also assisted by reaching out to the school as well so that they can coordinate my daughter's programs with her classroom needs.

My daughter was only diagnosed about 8 months ago, and it has been a very big adjustment for our entire family. The Alpine Learning Group has assisted us in many ways, and helped us to see that our daughter has great opportunities ahead of her, and they can help her work towards her greatest potential.

We are very happy with the Alpine Learning Group and would absolutely recommend them to anyone who has a child on the spectrum.

9 Maria Ehrlich

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our two boys, Justin (15) and Brandon (11) have autism and attend Alpine Learning Group.  Our daughter, Katherine (8) is typical and is in third  grade.

When people think of autism, they tend to think only of the affected individual, but the needs and behaviors of an individual with autism have a dramatic affect on their entire family.  These needs and behaviors and the interaction (or potential interaction) of the affected individuals with other family members and the community must be considered by us when planning or engaging in almost everyday activity.  In our case, because we have two children with autism, the considerations are even greater. 

As you are probably aware, ALG is a leader in the education of individuals with autism.  As you may not be aware, as part of this educational process, ALG provides education and support on a daily basis to the parents and siblings of their learners.  

ALG takes a holistic approach to each learner, their families and the interaction between the family members.  While the progress that Justin and Brandon have made, and continue to make in the classroom at ALG is amazing, what is often most noticeable are their social achievements in our home and in the community.

On a regular basis the staff of ALG work together with us, and with Justin, Brandon and Katherine, in our house and in the community to address common social and behavioral issues that affect children with autism.  As a result of their hard work, our family is now able to participate in many activities that may be considered commonplace for typical families, but previously seemed to be unobtainable for us.  Every time we engage in one of these activities we are reminded of and thankful for the skill and dedication of ALG.

Our appreciation of the hard work and dedication of the staff of ALG and of the impact on our children and our family is beyond words.

Philip and Maria Ehrlich

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Seven years ago, we received the call that our son had been accepted into Alpine Learning Group. It was my husband's birthday and the greatest birthday present anyone had ever given him! We had just won the lottery and our son had a future. When I heard that they were planning an adult center, I thought, is it possible to win the lottery twice?

Everything our son can do today is because of Alpine Learning Group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our child was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum in June, 2011. It was a blessing that our family got introduced and found the Alpine Learning Group. While navigating through the most difficult time in our lives, ALG, helped us with the transition into the autism spectrum world. They provided reading material, helpful websites, tips, support groups, and most importantly effective ABA therapy. They have also provided the security for our family in knowing our child was in the hands of wonderful, experienced, caring, people. Our child is now blossoming through ABA therapy and we are so proud to be a part of this organization. We are connecting with our child now more then ever and we are extremely grateful. The staff members from day one, have been considerate, informative, productive, and a true pleasure to work with. I tip my hat to this organization and hope to be involved in their growth for years to come.