PEP Prentiss Autism Center

PEP Prentiss Autism Center, one of PEP’s Day Treatment Centers, all serving school-age children and youth who demonstrate severe and challenging behavior. PEP Prentiss specializes in serving children and youth ages 5-22 with autism spectrum disorder and other complex developmental disabilities, all of whom are experiencing significant impairments in communication.

Practices, methodologies and strategies for instruction are selected from evidence-based, generally accepted, and promising peer-reviewed practices. Delivered with an underlying positive behavior intervention and support model, instructional approaches and methods used include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA);
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication;
  • Developmental Teaching – Developmental Therapy;
  • DIR/Floortime Model;
  • PECS; and
  • TEACCH.

All programming is designed to build skills, one on top of the other, with the ultimate goal of accentuating student strengths and teaching to independence. To facilitate the learning and generalization of new skills across environments, PEP Prentiss utilizes community-based and center-based instruction.

Classrooms are visually and physically engineered to support teaching and promote learning, to provide the necessary non-verbal prompts for expected behavior, and to facilitate the maximum student engagement in activities. The use of community-based instruction provides the backdrop of naturally occurring life situations which present ideal opportunities for teaching socially-appropriate self-management and communication skills.

Program Leadership
Claudia Lann Valore
Chief Program Officer
Positive Education Program
3100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-361-7760 ext. 116
216-361-8600 (fax)
cvalore@pepcleve.org