The CARES facility was custom designed to meet the special needs of students with autism. Interior plans and features from special acoustical finishes and data collecting technology to therapy and sensory rooms, help reduce distractions and promote more effective teaching. 

CARES offers two state of the art sensory rooms. These multisensory rooms are used to engage children who learn through play. From following bright lights, shapes, and patterns with their eyes to pressing buttons to make the sensory room change color, students become interested in their environment. These rooms can also be used as a place to calm and de-stress. 

PAES Lab provides a real-life work environment for CARES middle and high school students. They are able to obtain job skills for the real world through a dynamic curriculum that operates in a simulated work environment. The Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES Lab, provides students with the instructions and equipment to complete a variety of job tasks ranging from collating papers to making change at a cash register to assembling bolts and pipes. CARES students are able to explore and learn new skills/jobs in five different work areas including: Business/Marketing, Consumer/Science, Construction/Industrial, Processing/Production, and Computer/Technology.

The Independent Living Lab is a “Living Classroom” that provides the following for CARES students:
  • facilitates communication, daily living and social skills development;
  • utilizes a fully equipped kitchen, laundry area and daily living space to develop essential life skills;
  • gives opportunities to explore leisure skills activities such as health and fitness, music, art, gardening, baking;
  • and more!

Classrooms are visually and physically engineered to support teaching and promote learning.  Clutter free and oder free classrooms decrease sensory overload, and the classroom's arrangement contributes to a child's understanding of his or her environment. A clean and distinct environment helps a child with autism focus his or her attention on learning instead of irrelevant stimuli. 

CARES students are provided with many opportunities to take trips into the community. These community outings provide vital experiences to help our students learn in everyday situations. They regularly enjoy trips to the grocery store, swimming, seasonal community activities, and many other adventures that allow for individual growth.
6451 Center Street   •   Mentor, Ohio 44060   •   Phone 440.255.4444   •   Fax 440.255.4622   •    Contact Us
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