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

As we enter this holiday season, we, the staff, students, clients, and families at Optimal Rhythms, Inc./ACCESS Academy, are counting our blessings and are overwhelmed with gratitude!

These past few months have been a whirlwind of activity that will continue until the end of the year, and we wanted to take a moment to look back and share with you some of the highlights.

Enrollment is Open for 2017-18​

ACCESS Academy -

a NEW Therapeutic Day School in Newburgh, IN

Creating Optimal Rhythms for Life, Learning, Communication, and Independence

Please come visit our new location!!!

Assuming Competence Can Ensure Student Success

The ACCESS Academy's unique neurologic approach addresses the movement issues associated with autism while always assuming competence.


      Key Programmatic Elements Include:

  • General Education Curriculum with instruction by a Licensed Teacher
  • Whole Group Instruction with Differentiated Learning
  • Natural Environment Life Skills Training
  • Use of Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Sensory Supports to Improve Body Awareness and Neurologic Connectivity
  • Communication Strategies which Provide Support for Movement Issues that May Be Restricting Verbal Communication and Hiding Intellectual Competence 
  • Highly Trained Program and Therapy Staff
  • High Staff to Student Ratios to Ensure Safety and Access to Communication and Learning Supports

       Additional Support Programs Include:

  • Parent Training and Ongoing Support
  • Neurologic Music Therapy (Group and Individual)
  • Vision Supports
  • Yoga/Body Work
  • Field Trips
  • Clubs/ Social Groups
  • Community Service Opportunities

ACCESS Academy desires to become an alternative educational placement for students in our local public and parochial school districts or home school environments who are failing to make adequate academic progress in their current placement.  Modeled after a similar school in Phoenix, Arizona, our innovative supports, small class sizes, and high staffing ratios make ACCESS Academy a wonderful choice for those looking for an appropriate environment to allow students to shine, while accessing higher learning and functional communication.  The goal of ACCESS Academy is to eventually transition our students back into general education environments in their home schools, once able to do so successfully, with lessened support.  Important autism research in the Evansville area is being conducted through our adjoining clinic, Integrative Music Therapy, and our therapeutic day school program.

Southern Indiana's newest private school is hiring energetic and open-minded program assistants who enjoy supporting students to make great strides!  Our therapeutic day school jobs require a completed application, resume, background check, CPR certification, TB skin test, and extensive orientation/training.  Please call us today to apply.

Tuition is accepted through district funding, private pay, or sponsor scholarships.

For general or tuition information or to register for the 2017-18 School Year,

Contact Casey DePriest, President/CEO or call 812-490-9401


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

tax exempt organization