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New Autism School in Lancaster – NHS School

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Does your child have Autism or Emotional Support needs? Are you looking for a new school for your child? NHS School Lancaster is now enrolling students ages 5-21 on all levels of the Autistic Spectrum and students that need emotional support. Our school offers highly individualized programming for each student, and includes services driven by the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). We offer intensive learning and instruction, small group instruction and natural environment teaching. Additionally, individual support services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and one-on-one support staffing are also included, as appropriate, for every student.  At NHS, we work with the school district and families to individualize each student’s learning.

 Our staff is trained in Trauma Informed Care and we continuously conduct emotional check-ins with students daily or as needed. Ask us about our morning meetings and social curriculum!  Our classrooms are designed for safety and we provide small group emotional support sessions daily.

 Are you looking for your child to learn life and transition skills that will foster integration into the community? NHS ensures that each student is working on transition skills that fit the students’ and families’ needs.  Through preference and skill assessments, we are continuously working on developing transition skills to prepare students for the future.  We are excited about partnerships we are forming within the Lancaster community.

I welcome you to take a tour of our school located at 2120 Oregon Pike Lancaster, PA and visit our website at We also had a recent article on us in Lancaster Newspapers.

Please feel free to contact the director:

 Kelly O’Byrne at or by phone: 717 947 7493

Lancaster Shop for a Cause 2016

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“Shop for a Cause” EXPO is an initiative of Lancaster Hempfield Rotary Club in conjunction with Park City Center. The EXPO will be held at Park City Center on Saturday, April 16th, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. A large portion of the proceeds from the expo will be shared with non-profit agencies exhibiting their services at the EXPO. The agency receiving the most votes on the day of the EXPO will receive $3000, second place $2500, third place $2000, fourth place $1500. Two additional agencies will be randomly selected to receive $500 each.

Tommy Foundation Helps Fulton Opera House With Sensory Friendly Performance

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On Monday, October 27th, 2014, The Tommy Foundation was honored to participate in The Ware Center at Millersville University Lancaster’s performance of “The Snail and The Whale” a Sensory Friendly production. TTF President, Sugey Cruz-Everts met with Barry Kornhauser ahead of the performance to discuss the needs of those with sensory needs—the need for a quiet area, a gross motor area and an area for other activities that would help with setting the children at ease before the performance.

The folks at Tall Stories, a British theater company known for its unique brand of physical storytelling performed this adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book “The Snail and the Whale,” a story about a tiny snail that wants to see the world and the whale that serves as her transportation.

For this performance, which can be enjoyed by all children, there were supports and resources for young patrons with sensory process disorders, Autism Spectrum Condition, other sensory needs, learning disabilities, and/or social, cognitive, and physical challenges. Our role the day-of was to provide on hand support for families that needed a bit of prep time before the event. We brought sensory mats, games and activities to a specially designated area of the Ware Center that would be set up an hour before the event and during the event if children in attendance needed a sensory break in order to better enjoy the performance.

Prior to the performance date, a Study Guide AND a Social Story describing the theater experience was sent to patrons who also had the option of arranging a free tour of the Ware Center by contacting Barry at or phoning (717) 871-7812.