Spero Academy Blog

The importance of play

February 7, 2019

Play is such an important part of growing up. Here are some of the many ways that play can help your child develop into...

Spero Over the Years

January 10, 2019

Our staff are one of a kind. Some of them have even been here since way before our new school was constructed. Here's an inside look at how Spero has changed over the years...

From Para to Teacher

December 21, 2018

At Spero, we have so many great staff. Some of which started as Para before they became a teacher! So we sat down to ask...

There are so many incredible individuals living with autism. Artists, actors, engineers — the list goes on and on. In this post we'll explore...

Naturally, all children learn and develop at their own pace. Most children struggle in certain areas, or go through lulls from time to time. For children with language-based learning disabilities, there are...

Our New School

August 13, 2018

Our new school is here! Last week we had an amazing ribbon cutting ceremony with all of our parents, community leaders and staff members. Everyone in attendance was...

Recognizing the issues a student with autism may face in the classroom is the first step toward educational success. Every child with autism presents unique behaviors and...

A note for parents

July 19, 2018

A child’s behavior may differ greatly between school and home. This is quite common. Because children with ASD prefer routine and schedules, the flexible nature of...

At the core, a Personalized Learning Plan is a measurable long-term academic growth target — one that is set by the teacher at the...

It’s no secret that students with autism don’t learn or behave in the classroom the same as their typically developing peers. Those struggles are why...

At Spero Academy, we strive to provide a highly individualized educational environment for students with autism and other developmental disorders. Part of the process of personalization involves identifying the child’s unique learning style. Studies have shown that children learn best when they are allowed to engage with material through their preferred style.

The Four Blocks framework was originally developed by a group of teachers who believe that for all children to learn to read, you have to “do it all.” “Doing it all” means incorporating a...

Self-Selected Reading

May 31, 2018

At Spero, we follow the Four Blocks Literacy Model as a framework for teaching literacy that uses multi-level, individualized instruction to allow all students – regardless of ability or developmental level – to master the basics of reading and writing...

Ann first started working with children and adults with special needs at a summer camp in South Dakota, near her hometown of Sioux Falls. It’s safe to say that summer camp job introduced Ann to her calling...

Following our individualized philosophy, there is no one single math curriculum at Spero – we have four different curriculums we use with our students, all of which can be further personalized and tailored to individual students. One of our math curriculums is...

One Spero family story is similar to that of many Spero families: They learned about Spero at the right time, transferred to our school, and found their home. But of course...

Lucas was chosen out of more than 140,000 entries submitted by parents across the United States. His mom, Cortney Warren, reportedly decided to enter Lucas in the contest after a relative happened to mention Gerber’s open call for...

Children and others with autism often find it challenging to attend events like sports games under normal circumstances. The deafening roars of excited fans, bright lights, sound effects, and large (and often rowdy) crowds...

Parents face a wide range of challenges when raising a child with autism, from dealing with maladaptive behaviors to getting your child to sleep through the night to...

A girl growing up watching Wonder Woman stand up for herself, kick butt, and save the day will feel empowered to dream bigger than a pretty dress and a happy ending. Likewise, a kid with autism...

The type of school that works for one student with autism might not be the right fit for another student. It’s important to figure out...

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a collection of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by communication challenges, repetitive behaviors, and limited social skills. Symptoms are...

Research agrees that early intervention for autism gives children on the spectrum their best chance for success. Intervening to address the core behavioral...

Spero Academy believes that educational opportunities should not be limited by a family’s zip code. That’s why we are so proud to be located in a state that practices open enrollment for schools.

People of all ages and conditions can benefit from music therapy, from children with autism to elderly people in senior living communities.