Teaching Children with Autism How to Achieve Their Full Potential

At The Shafer Center for Early Intervention, we seamlessly integrate education, speech-language pathology and Applied Behavioral Analysis elements into the academic day. Classroom instruction that is both academically rich as well as enjoyable, provide opportunities for thorough and meaningful learning. Learning to share, play, and communicate in a group setting is a fundamental aspect of our teaching philosophy. By making learning fun, we give your child every opportunity to thrive.

As a private and non public school for children with autism and other developmental delays, all of our full-day and half-day classroom programs are designed to facilitate academic and social learning, large and small group instruction, and play. We promote a positive sense of self and attitude toward learning by recognizing and respecting your child’s strengths.

We address individualized goals in:

  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Cognitive skill development
  • Daily living skills
  • Classroom readiness skills
  • Nursery to second grade level academics
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Written language
  • Phonics/ phonemic awareness
  • Science/ Social Studies
  • Sensory needs

Our Curriculum

Through structured, multi-sensory instruction throughout the day, our classroom programs adapt to your child’s individual growth and progress. All instruction is highly individualized and we challenge our students. Each classroom uses evidence based approaches and is co-taught by masters level special educators and speech-language pathologists. In addition, a board certified behavior analyst (BCaBA or BCBA) is assigned to each classroom to assist with behavioral challenges. Our goal is to prepare your child to enter the least restrictive environment that will meet their needs going forward.

Parent involvement is an extremely important component of our education process as well. That’s why we at The Shafer Center for Early Intervention encourage you to share your thoughts about your child’s progress so we can work together to better serve him/her and your family. We keep our parents informed via:

  • Daily communication sheets
  • Quarterly parent-teacher conference meetings
  • Video observation opportunities
  • Classroom information assessments quarterly
  • Monthly meetings with behavior consultants

At The Shafer Center for Early Intervention, our unique approach to working with children on the autism spectrum allows parents to imagine the possibilities, believe in today and dream toward the future.


Our Engage program is co-taught by special educators and speech-language pathologist who focus on the early learning skills of classroom readiness, comunication and play. This classroom is designed for children under 4 years old and prepares them for future academic settings. MORE


Our Imagine program provides group and one-on-one learning opportunities. The class is co-taught by special educators and speech-language pathologists and each child has a one-on-one assistant.  In addition, each child receives one on one individualized ABA instruction five days per week. MORE


Our Believe program is co-taught by special educators and speech-language pathologists who provides small-group and one-on-one instruction in a classroom and ABA setting. MORE


Our Dream program is a full-day instruction course that focuses on improving more complex functions in a larger group setting. This class is co-taught by special educators and speech-language pathologists. MORE

Counties We Partner With As A Non-Public Placement

  • Anne Arundel County
  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Baltimore City
  • Carroll County
  • Harford County
  • Howard County
Click on the links above or call 410-517-1113 for more details about our classes and how we can customize a program to meet your child’s unique needs.