Optimal Rhythms, Inc. is a 501(c)3

tax exempt organization

Creating Optimal Rhythms for Life, 

Learning, Communication, and Independence

     Outreach Programs

       We have a number of outreach projects           we are offering soon:

ACCESS Academy

Our private day school provides students with severe autism:

  • A general education environment
  • Support for sensory and communication needs
  • Innovative neurologic supports

Neurologic Music Therapy Services

  • Individual and Group sessions
  • Treatment for Various Developmental Disabilities 
  • Treatment for Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury

Teacher of the Year


Our Teacher has been nominated!

Please VOTE for 

Melissa Ben Jammou

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Voting Period:

Fri, Apr 28 2017  -
Sun, May 07 2017 11:59 PM 


ACCESS Adventures

Therapeutic Day Camp

Summer 2017

Unique Camp Experience 

Different theme each week!

(Limited to 12 students per week)

NEW!! Sensory Friendly Movies

Join us for our free movies in our

beautiful new theater!!

Suggested Donation: $3/person $10/family

Due to allergies: No outside food/drinks

​Concessions available for nominal fee.

Call us at 812-490-9401 or 812-490-9400 to hear what movie is playing this week!


Our Mission

Optimal Rhythms is committed to

supporting individuals to achieve their

maximum potential, while building

confidence and independence

for living.

Karyn ("Casey") DePriest, MT-BC

President / CEO

Our Founder

Our goals are simple: To increase access to new and innovative services, improve the understanding of autism spectrum disorder, and create learning success stories, one student at a time.


Optimal Rhythms, Inc./ACCESS Academy in Evansville is an exciting new resource in the tri-state community. Our new ACCESS Academy, a private therapeutic day school, brings a choice in autism education and autism services in Evansville for non-verbal (or non-reliably verbal) students with severe autism in our area.  

Help for autism in Indiana is expanding and the outcomes are very encouraging. Through the success of important autism services at Integrative Music Therapy, LLC in Evansville, we have come to believe that an assumption of competence is the safest assumption when approaching autistic students.  We seek to understand autism by asking the true "autism experts", the individuals and families who live it everyday.  

We recognize the important and growing body of research regarding movement differences in autism. Specific neurologic music therapy based techiniques have been developed to increase functional movement through the application of rhythmic, sensory, and communication supports, making the students more independent and better able to demonstrate what they know and are learning. We have developed innovative supports which help nonverbal students on the spectrum increase their access to learning. 

ACCESS Academy students who were once thought to be intellectually disabled are now soaring to meet academic goals with reduced behavioral issues in our general education environment. Parents are getting to know their children for the first time and families are buiding exciting plans for a future they never thougth possible! 

   Get involved and become a sponsor today!!

Autism Services in Evansville