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You can give HOPE to students with autism and the parents and other family members who love them.

Your financial contribution to Linden Grove School will help us maintain small class sizes and implement new research-based programs proven to increase academic achievement.

Your support also helps us retain Board Certified Behavior Analysts and a full-time sensory coordinator to ensure supports for student success, as well as speech and occupational therapists to ensure students build skills to improve academically and socially.

More importantly, you can give students the confidence and self-esteem to build personal relationship and become actively involved in our community.

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Enthusiasm and Engagement

I thank God for this school every day! I have never dealt with such a kind, compassionate, & POSITIVE, staff. These teachers, therapists, & administrative personnel truly are dedicated to their profession, and I see it among their interactions with the kids every day I enter the building. My son just said this morning as he was getting ready, “Yay! I get to go to school!” Never in a million years would I have ever dreamed of those words coming out of his mouth. Thank you LGS for being there for us and for all of your hard work & dedication to our son.

—Kathryn from Amelia, OH


The dedication and compassion of Linden Grove School staff is priceless.

It is apparent in day-to-day classroom activities, and also in the staff’s efforts to integrate students into community experiences.

Community-based experiences are an important part of student learning at Linden Grove School. Whether it’s attending a musical or theatrical performance, exploring a museum or nature park, touring local businesses to learn about different careers or dining out to eat to practice proper social skills and speech, all experiences connect kids to our community and provide opportunities for learning and engagement.

To all of the organizations and businesses who host students of Linden Grove or other schools – thank you!


Do you know of an organization or business who could host a visit from students of Linden Grove School? Email us!


You can help a student develop the community engagement critical to success. Read more here.


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Supports for Success

Our son is on grade level academically, he has grown more confident with his social skills and when his behavior goes awry, all kinds of modifications are made to help get him back on track.

—Angie from Loveland, OH


Scientific studies increasingly prove the effectiveness of behavior therapy for children affected by autism, particularly related to their cognitive and language skills. Linden Grove School’s Board Certified Behavior Analysts work in collaboration with the entire staff to help students develop the skills to manage their emotions, communicate effectively and learn and play cooperatively.

In addition, the school’s full-time Sensory Coordinator works closely with our Occupational Therapists to ensure every student has an individualized sensory plan to help each him or her stay focused and organized throughout the day. Adults may tap a pencil or chew gum to stay focused, or soak in a hot tub to unwind. Similarly, children need to engage in stabilizing, focusing activities.

For more on the importance of smart sensory work for student success, click here.


You can give a student the supports needed for success. Read more here.


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My son started in first grade and is now in the fourth grade. His focus is better. His planning, organization, and following directions have improved significantly. There is a comprehensive approach to each child and if something is not working, the teachers and administrators are incredibly flexible and open to new ideas and strategies.

—Wendy from Golf Manor, OH


For the first time ever my son says he loves school. He has always dreaded getting up every day. Homework is beginning to get easier and he is more aware of what he is being asked to do versus looking lost and not knowing what to do. He also talks about his friends, which he hasn’t ever done in the past.

—Tricia from Milford, OH


Many individuals with autism have great memories for facts and details, but they have trouble organizing their thoughts and accessing and integrating the information they have to make it useful for them. This is called Executive Function (EF) disorder.

Executive functioning skills include planning, organizing, prioritizing, multi-tasking and time management. These skills are important not only for success in school but in life. Yet they are rarely “taught” resulting in anxiety and dread among students, parents and teachers.

There are many ways to help students compensate for EF deficits. Many use Assistive Technology to help them stay organized and on track. These can include assignment notebooks or checklists, annotated calendars, picture schedules, and color-coded information to distinguish subjects or projects.

When faced with a large project, students benefit from having the project broken down into manageable pieces with intermediate deadlines. With help, many individuals can learn how to break down large assignments into smaller activities themselves.

Ultimately, the goal is to help each student increase their potential by helping them to develop skills and strategies for success in school and beyond.


You can give a student skills to develop his or her potential. Read more here.


Did you know? In the first six years after high school, only 35% of youth with autism attend college. Further, the combined unemployment and underemployment rate for young adults with autism is estimated at 90%.


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Linden Grove School Set the Stage for Progress

Linden Grove School recently received the following update on LGS alum Colin Spritzky from his parents.


People don’t typically plan to become a parent of a child with special needs, but our son, Colin, has truly been a gift. He has taught our family so many things that we wouldn’t have learned without him in our lives. He has allowed us to never take for granted a spoken word or consider any step ordinary.

As most families with children with special needs, we were not prepared for some of the challenges that we would ultimately face. We quickly realized that as parents, we needed to become Colin’s best advocates, find the best medical specialists, as well as the most appropriate learning environment.

Colin started kindergarten in public school which proved to be extremely challenging, until we found our solution with Linden Grove School (LGS). For the next eight years, Colin called LGS his educational home. LGS provided an inclusive, safe, and loving environment including individualized programming that helped him succeed. Colin learned reading strategies and was able to be coached on appropriate social behaviors. LGS provided the perfect foundation and instilled confidence that allowed Colin to move from a small, private, controlled environment to a large public high school. At Turpin High School, Colin flourished as a young adult cherishing the high school experiences of football games, homecomings, proms and school events. 

Colin is currently in his third year of a transition to work program at Anderson High School. As part of this program, he is responsible for shopping, paying for groceries, cooking a hot breakfast, doing dishes and laundry. He also has just secured his first job working for InReturn, a light manufacturing and warehousing company hiring many adults with traumatic brain injury, autism and other disabilities.

We can’t say how much Linden Grove School set the stage and helped him progress to where he is today. 





Colin (left) with two friends he made at LGS:

Jessica McCabe and Matthew Grafe.





When Collin Leonard (LGS class of 2011) was asked by his Public Speaking professor for a speech on “Three Things that make you awesome” Collin gave her four:

“I am a 4 year varsity swimmer, an Eagle Scout, I graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA, and I HAVE AUTISM!”

What Collin didn’t know was that the instructor’s 3-year-old son was diagnosed with autism a few days earlier. “I was devastated,” she told Collin’s parents at a Marshall University Parents Weekend brunch. But as soon as she heard Collin speak, she knew everything was going to be okay in her world. She added that she wants to raise her son to be confident and proud of who he is, just like Collin.

Collin’s parents admit, “Collin has not always been the confident and outgoing young man he is today. When he was in the sixth grade, he struggled socially and academically. He had no friends. This sad, lonely boy was told he could not be successful in a regular classroom setting.” Then his parents enrolled him at Linden Grove School. In no time Collin gained confidence in who he is. He made lots of friends whom he still keeps in contact with to this day. He learned to speak up, ask questions, and advocate for himself, as well as various strategies to control his mood swings.

Collin went on to graduate with honors from Purcell Marian High School in 2015. He was accepted to the Marshall University Autism Training Center where he is currently a junior majoring in Secondary Special Education and History. Collin’s life goal is to help others be more understanding and accepting to those with Autism and help each of his student rise to their fullest potential just as the staff at Linden Grove School did for him.

For another story of a Linden Grove School alum, click here.  


You can give a student skills to develop confidence. Read more here.


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Social Skills

As we are ending the first year for my son, I am excited to report that he has grown socially beyond my expectations! He went from having zero friends in public school to having more friends than we could have ever expected. Each of his teachers work together with us to create a student team to help him capitalize on his strengths and create a strategy to assist him with the challenges that he faces every day. We are looking forward to next year!

—Sherri from Bridgetown, OH


Making friends is an important part of every child’s life, but it can be harder for a child with autism spectrum disorder. Children with autism often have a harder time making friends because they have trouble understanding facial expressions and body language, and adjusting to new social situations.

All Linden Grove School students participate in social skills classes two to four days a week. Studies show activities designed to increase social and emotional learning not only positively impact student social skills, attitudes and behavior, they also increase student performance on academic tests 10 percent or greater.

Depending on the grade level and a student’s individual competencies, social skills lessons utilize activities ranging from videos and role playing of positive social behaviors, to stories and conversations related to comic-book like heroes who help students interact positively with others at school, at home and in the community.

Throughout the day, LGS staff use class projects and other activities to reinforce positive social behavior and also take advantage of learning opportunities to help students understand how their words and actions affect others and themselves.

Each spring when LGS graduates are asked about their favorite memories from school, their answers are as diverse as the students themselves. But all agree friends are what they will miss the most as they move on to high school. Read more here.


You can give a student skills for successful social interactions. Read more here.


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21st Century Skills

“My son’s math and reading skills have increased dramatically, especially in his first year at Linden Grove. The social skills that are taught at school also show outside of school. He loves school and his teachers so much that he is disappointed if we tell him he is too sick to go to school when he has a cold.”

—Al from Fairfield, OH


The accelerating rate of change in American society has necessitated a new set of skills for living and working in the 21st century. These skills include the effective use of digital devices, and critical thinking and problem solving skills for the ability to adapt to different roles, and the ability to interact and collaborate with others.

To help prepare students for an active role in our community as adults, Linden Grove School continuously develops and implements new learning opportunities and approaches at all grade levels, particularly related to STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) fields.

Older students can participate in a range of robotics activities and challenges. A typical project involves working in teams to build and program a LEGO® “mower” to clear a designated area of LEGO® debris. Students first considered the best design for moving debris, and then used data to effectively program their mower to move appropriate distances and execute turns, as needed.

Younger students also participate in STEM activities. 4-6 grade students were recently challenged to “Be Like Iggy.” The activity was inspired by the book Iggy Peck, Architect about a boy who built structures using available items. LGS students were challenged to build their own structures using toothpicks and marshmallows. The students showed great creativity, building items ranging from pyramids, to houses, to ladders.


You can give a student the gift of skills for the 21st century. Read more here.


Did you know? Studies have shown people with autism are drawn to STEM fields more often than the general population. Such individuals tend to have strengths in systemizing, memorizing and rule-based systems. The U.S. Department of Labor projects 1.2 million job openings in STEM fields by 2018 and a shortage of 95 million skilled workers by 2020. In response, companies like Microsoft and Freddie Mac are increasing recruitment among individuals with autism to fill a variety of positions from coding to data analysis to support services

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Academic Achievement

“My son has thrived at Linden Grove School. He now has real friends to socialize with. He has also grown so much academically that I am surprised every year…. ”

—Jennifer from West Chester, OH


LGS’s “progressive education” approach to academics incorporates hands-on learning activities with an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking for academic success at all grade levels. Collaborative projects also encourage the development of social skills for the development of friendships at school and, eventually, the community at large.

Consider, for example, a classroom project challenging students to design the best lever to move an object; more specifically, a catapult made from craft sticks and rubber bands to launch a marshmallow at a target.

Students not only learned concepts related to simple machines, their critical thinking and problem solving skills were challenged in the development and refinement of their designs. And LGS staff encouraged the development of positive social skills during the testing of the various designs, facilitating encouragement and support among classmates as each tested their personal designs. 

You can give a student the gift of academic achievement. Read more here.


Did you know? Academic instruction at LGS is highly personalized while incorporating Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards. Small class sizes and low teacher:student ratios ranging from 1:3 to 1:7 enable teachers to provide individualized attention and encourage active participation.

Everyday Skills

The therapies that are incorporated into his daily routine are invaluable…. His academic progress has been impressive and he is also improving socially.

—Jeff from Wyoming, OH


I chose Linden Grove for many reasons. First of all, the staff was exceptional at making me feel welcome. Other reasons include the fact that there is OT and Speech on site which eliminates the need for so many appointments in the evening. I love the small classroom ratios as well.

—Tricia from Milford, OH


At Linden Grove School, not only do all students benefit each week from one-on-one or small group sessions from occupational and speech therapists, therapists are also integrated into classroom activities to encourage academic achievement as well as positive social interaction.

For example, in K-2 grade cooking classes with Speech Therapist Laura Detzel, students are encouraged to use complete sentences in requesting specific ingredients for their trail mix or other creations. In addition, they are taught to wait their turn and not interrupt the request of fellow students.

The “cooking classes” are just one example of ways LGS students are learning not only how to use complete sentences and express their desires clearly but also how to interact with others.

Read another example of how occupational and therapists are integrated into classroom activities on Inside LGS.

You can give a student skills for lifelong learning. Read more here.



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