Introducing New Student Services

Dear Families: 

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” — Winston Churchill

One of our promises to families here at The Quaker School at Horsham is that we will see and nurture the gifts of every child, pioneering individual solutions to help your child shine.

To us, that means we never stop improving: we continuously discover what our students need, and we develop solutions to address those needs ...

When we saw students whose autism was more challenging than the general TQS population, we created the Sassafras Program: a highly structured, self-contained K-8 classroom that focuses on behavior regulation and social skill acquisition. 

When we saw our Middle School students struggling to find the right learning environment after grade 8, we developed our Upper School: the ideal place for our students to transition into adulthood and explore opportunities in the workforce, continued education, and independent living. 

When we saw that the typical school day structure did not authentically meet the needs of our population, we created a revitalized TQS school schedule to better help our students thrive.

And now, we’re once again expanding our services to ensure every TQS student gets the specialized support they need to achieve meaningful personal, social, and academic success.  

The Quaker School at Horsham’s clinical programming will now include direct Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Auxiliary Services for enrolled students. 

This service is to help those students who do not qualify for the Sassafras program but need support to develop lagging social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Here’s what you need to know if you believe your child could benefit from such services: 

What is ABA? 

ABA service focuses on decreasing unexpected behaviors while increasing adaptive replacement skills; replacing an identified target behavior with a pro-social behavior using the environment to help modify the behavior.

This is a standard treatment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is successfully used to help students with a variety of challenge areas. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) helps the individual target functional behaviors by manipulating environmental events, antecedent stimuli, and consequences, using reinforcement, prompting, fading, task analysis, and other methods.  

How does it work? 

TQS’s ABA programming uses a trauma-informed approach that encourages self-advocacy and respects the diverse needs and experiences of our students. The specific methods used are outlined in a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) designed by the BCBA. These plans are created based on a completed Functional Behavioral Assessment.

What does TQS ABA Auxiliary Services include? 

Unlike the full-time ABA support provided in the self-contained Sassafras classroom, ABA Auxiliary Services will be a focused treatment of supplemental supports in the general program. It will provide evidence-based, naturalistic interventions to address a variety of needs including:

  • Motivation

  • Functional communication 

  • Self-management 

  • Social interaction

  • Focus and attention

The BCBA will work directly with students, families, and other professionals to model intervention, train staff members, track student behavioral data, and adjust programming as needed to ensure skill acquisition and generalization across various school settings.

At the end of each trimester, the BCBA will provide a summary of student progress and update the treatment plan as needed to address changing student needs.

Is your student eligible? 

All enrolled students are eligible for private-pay ABA Auxiliary Services. The cost will be $145 for a 45-minute session, and a student will receive 1-3 sessions per week.

Students coming to TQS with a prior Positive Behavior Support Plan (PBSP), Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), 1:1 services, or ABA/Behavioral Support are encouraged to take advantage of the program. 

If you are interested in learning more about our new ABA Auxiliary Services and how this may benefit your child, contact our Enrollment Management Office

As our school grows and our services expand, we are reminded about how special this community truly is. Thank you for entrusting your child to our care — they are what inspires us to continuously evolve, improve, and #shinetogether.

Shine on,

Alex