Who We Serve
Located in Jacksonville’s west beaches/intracoastal area, PLS Therapy & Learning Center provides exceptional education services for students with unique learning needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia, ADHD, or other behavioral or emotional needs.
Our team of highly qualified teachers design and deliver engaging, hands-on learning opportunities to reach each and every student in classrooms of up to 4 students. This small class size ensures a truly individualized learning experience for every student and maximizes progress and outcomes.
Age Groups We Serve
Enrollment for the 2021/2022 School Year will open on April 12, 2021. Limited spots are available for the following grade bands:
Foundational curriculum to develop reading, fine motor, number sense, and beginning social studies. In this class, we work on classroom routines, independent work, calendar skills, and more.
Building on foundations, we continue developing language skills through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Using multi-sensory instruction, we work on addition, subtraction, and more functional math skills like money and time.
At this level, students work intensively on social development and using language to explore the community and expand their understanding of the world around them. Daily living, prevocational, and community skills are the focus along with functional reading, math, and science.
For grades 11 and up, Project Pathlight includes a work study and advanced life, vocational, home, and community skills for transitioning to adulthood.
Our Learning Plans
Our Learning Plans are Designed with Curriculum from
• Touch Math
• Handwriting/Keyboarding Without Tears
• Social Thinking and Me
• Social Detective
• Think Social!
• Language for Learning
• Renaissance Learning (Accelerated Math and Reader)
Our school uses evidence-based instructional practices based on the science and research from applied behavior analysis (ABA). Direct Instruction, motivational theories and practices, Personalized System of Instruction (PSI), Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Precision Teaching are some of the methods rooted in ABA that teachers draw on. PLS is an official fieldwork site for the University of North Florida graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Current Staff Directory
• Kelly Noda, BCBA, Certified Teacher since 2007, English 6-12
• Jennifer Beebe, Certified Teacher since 2014, Elementary Education, ESOL
• Mathew Shawn Stokes, BCBA, Early Intervention and Preschool Teacher since 1995, Middle and High School Severe ASD since 2008 and Prevocational/Transition age and adults since 2013.
• Janee Jefferson, RBT, Bachelors of Early Childhood Education in progress