Spero Academy Blog

by Devin Taylor   In case you’ve lost count, we’ve been in Pandemi...

by Devin Taylor One of the greatest things about Spero Academy is the foundation it ...

by Devin Taylor Can you imagine putting a stamp on your school work and sending it t...

by Devin Taylor On March 18th, Spero Academy temporarily closed its doors in accorda...

It’s the first week of May, and that means two things: Teacher Appreciation and N...

Spero Academy is a quiet place these days -- strange and a little melancholy in the abs...

by Devin Taylor  Welcome to Part Two in our School Wellness series! In Part One...

By Devin Taylor At Spero Academy, we are concerned with the overall well-being of ev...

Mentorship at Spero Academy

December 6, 2019

Mentorship at Spero Academy  Part One: The Para Mentor Program by Devin Taylor...

by Devin Taylor When we think about teaching life skills in school, many of us think...

By Devin Taylor If you know anything about Spero Academy, you know that we provide y...

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...