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 Newburgh 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 Newburgh 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 Newburgh and 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 building exciting plans for a future they never thought possible! 

   Get involved and become a sponsor today!!

Autism Services in Southwest Indiana


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


to Get Involved!

2018 Rethinking Autism




Therapeutic Day Camp

Summer 2018

Unique Camp Experience 

Different theme each week!

(Limited to 10 Jr and 10 Sr campers

per week)

Complete Interest Form Here


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 / Founder

Our Founder