The Tikvah Center is dedicated to the mission of giving children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to reach their highest potential in a nurturing, child-centered environment with an individually designed program of learning. The word Tikvah means hope in Hebrew.  As part of the Beth David community, our students learn to embrace the wisdom and traditions of Judaism. Our program is open to children of diverse heritage, and offers a nurturing environment where all families are welcomed.


Tikvah Center K-5 Autism Program

The hope is that our specialized program, for children 5-10 years old, will build a bridge for our students to achieve inclusion in a typical classroom setting. The Tikvah Center curriculum promotes growth and development in each child’s academic, social-emotional, behavioral, ethical, and spiritual domain. Our caring and well trained teachers use a wide range of highly individualized, research-based intervention strategies to facilitate language acquisition, behavioral skills, and independence.

Unlike traditional autism programs, our students also have various opportunities for inclusion, both in the classroom and in social settings.  With encouragement and support, they develop crucial communication skills and can successfully participate in mainstream settings. The Tikvah Center accepts the McKay Scholarship and Step Up for Students: Gardiner/ Florida Tax Credit Scholarships.

Academics: Teaching The Individual Child
  • – Curriculum is personalized to each child
  • – Small class size (1:3 teacher to student ratio)
  • – Therapists are welcome in school
  • – Mainstream Track in art, music, computers and physical education
  • – Applied Behavior Analysis / Discrete Trial Training
  • – Kindergarten Readiness Curriculum
  • – Early Play and Socialization Curriculum
  • – Behavior Intervention Implementation & Development (BII & BID)
  • – Picture Exchange Communication System
  • – Floor time techniques
  • – Adaptive physical education
  • – Judaic Studies
  • – SAT and BRIGANCE testing to measure academic progress
 Social Skills: Cultivate Communication and Friendship
  • – Recess and lunch with typical peers
  • – Social skills group 3x week to work on appropriate communication         with each other
  • – 5th grade Buddy Program where students read and play games with       Tikvah students once a week
  • – Star Program focused on social and language arts
 Media & Technology: Tools for Tomorrow’s World
  • – State-of-the-Art Technology
  • – Smart Boards
  • – iPads and touch screen computers
  • – Assistive technology including augmentative communication                  applications.


Tikvah Center Early Intervention Program

(Coming Soon)

  • – 1:1 ratio
  • – Ages 18 months- 4 years 
  • – ABA Curriculum with supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) 


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