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


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

tax exempt organization

Creating Optimal Rhythms for Life, 

Learning, Communication, and Independence

Supported Typing

Implications for Communication and Educational Success

 Book & Article Recommendations

Kranowitz, C.S. (1998).  The out-of-sync child:  Recognizing and coping with sensory integration dysfunction. New York:  Skylight Press.

Donnellan, A.M. & Leary, M.R. (1995).  Movement differences and diversity in autism/mental retardation:  Appreciating andaccommodating people with communication and behavior challenges. Pacific Beach:  DRI Press.

Kliewer, C. & Biklen, D. (2001).  “School’s not really a place for reading”:  A research synthesis of the literate lives of students with severe disabilities. JASH (Journal of the Assosiation for Persons with Severe Handicaps), Vol. 26, No.1, 1-12.

Biklen, D. & Kliewer, C. Constructing Competence: autism, voice, and the 'disordered' body International Journal of Inclusive Education Vol. 10, No. 2-3, March-May 2006, pp. 169-188.

Peterson, R.
The persistence of low expectations in special education law viewed through the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 33 (2010) pp. 375-397

Helpful Links

Institute on Communication and Inclusion, Syracuse University. Supported Typing is one form of augmentative and alternative communication that has been an effective means of expression for some individuals with labels of autism and other developmental disabilities. Institute on Communication and Inclusion of Syracuse University is committed to training, research and dissemination of information related to the use of Supported Communication.

Paula Kluth: Toward Inclusive Classrooms and Communities (www.paulakluth.com) Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling.

Saved By Typing (www.savedbytyping.com). This organization was started by a non-verbal teen, John Smyth, with severe autism. He organizes and sponsors monthly “Communication Celebrations” and uses his “voice” to advocate for other individuals like him. You might also enjoy his blog, Authentic John (authenticjohn.com).

Carly’s Voice (http://carlysvoice.com/home/) Carly Fleishmann is a self-advocate, author, college student, and spokesperson for individuals with severe autism who are non-verbal and intellectually competent.  She has brought a great deal of awareness to autism’s movement differences that have mistakenly long been seen as behaviors and signs of cognitive delays.

Ido in Autismland
opens a window into non-verbal autism through dozens of short, autobiographical essays each offering new insights into autism symptoms. Ido Kedar's blog is also a great resource.

Emma's Hope Book, written by Emma Zurcher-Long, Ariane Zurcher and Richard Long, is a beautiful blog that highlights the competence that lies behind the disordered body and brain-body disconnect that Emma deals with day to day. She has so much to teach us.

A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism This movie takes a look at one mother's journey to find her son and the supports he needs to gain independence and hope for the future. Powerful.