In 2002, Janet founded Spiritos School to serve young children with autism and other forms of developmental delay.
Janet's experience with Matthew led to the establishment of Spiritos School. Focused upon the special needs of children with autism and other forms of developmental delay, Spiritos School gives each of its students a chance to shine via a one-to-one teacher to student ratio and the use of non-aversive, individualized, and intrinsically motivating learning programs and therapies. Applied Behavioral Analysis methods with an emphasis on fostering the development of verbal behavior form the backbone of our teaching. Sensory Integration Therapy, Auditory Integration Therapy, and Brain Gym techniques address sensory processing deficits and allow our students to develop a consistent and secure relationship with their physical world. Structured teaching takes place at both "school-like" worktables and in "natural environment" play areas. The development of academic, language, social, and play skills is woven seamlessly into the child's school day. When a child is ready to graduate into a public or private school "mainstream" setting for all or part of the school day, Spiritos faculty members can provide staff training and temporary student shadowing to enhance a smooth and successful transition.
The faculty members at Spiritos come from a wide variety of disciplines and bring a depth and diversity of education and experience that benefits each student.
We believe that utilizing a diverse team of therapists, teachers, and other professionals empowers our students to thrive. Currently, the faculty includes men and women whose training spans the disciplines of occupational therapy, physiological psychology, and special education. New staff members receive specialized training and supervision in Applied Behavioral Analysis methods. All members of the Spiritos team are dedicated professionals, committed to the principle that individuals challenged by autism and developmental delay can nevertheless grow and learn in body, mind, and spirit in order to experience a life enriched with personal fulfillment and positive integration within society.