Gulf Coast School For Autism - All Children Learn


Gulf Coast School For Autism

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Profiles of Students Served

DyslexiaAutismMental HealthADHDLearning DisabilityBehaviorSpeech and Language ImpairmentsDown Syndrome

Methodologies Used

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)


Address: 2404 Ruth Hentz Ave, Panama City, FL 32405, United States

Class Information

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Total Enrollment: 50 Students

Gender: Co-Ed

Residential / Boarding School: No

Day School: Yes

Student to Teacher Ratio: 6:1, 8:1

State Approved: Yes

Religious Affiliation: No Affiliation

Interaction with Non-Disabled Peers: Yes

Age: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

IQ: 0-20, 21-35, 36-49, 50-69, 70-80, 81-90, 91+

Enrollment Openings

Grade: No Openings

Age: No Openings

School Bio

Gulf Coast School for Autism was founded in 2012 by Katrin Patterson. Our school’s primary funding comes from the John M. McKay Scholarship. Katrin established the school in order to serve children with Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, and related disabilities. She believes the most crucial “puzzle piece” is communication, which is what our school strives for everyday. Our school focuses strongly on social, cognitive, sensory, and motor development. We use total communication in order to attain communication from the students. This communication includes verbal, sign language, and technology, such as the computer, and iPad’s. We also use the principal of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is the systematic study of variables that influence behavior. This analysis has an aim of addressing socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning. ABA based procedures reduce problem behaviors and increases appropriate skills for individuals with Autism and related disabilities. ABA-based approaches for educating children with autism and related disorders have been extensively researched and empirically supported (e.g., Howard, Sparkman, Choen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005; Koegel, Koegel, & Harrower, 1999; Krantz & McClannahan, 1998; Lovaas,1987; McGee, Morrier, & Daly, 1999; Strain & Kohler, 1998). To modify the behaviors, we use Discrete Trial. A discrete trial is defined as a set of acts that includes a stimulus or antecedent, a behavior, and a consequence.


Yearly Tuition: 13000

Application Deadline:

Application Fee: $300

Openings Now: Yes

Accepting Applications: Yes

Interview Required: Yes, In-Person or Virtually

Additional Info

Honors Program: No

High School Diploma: Yes

Interaction with Non-LD Peers: Yes

Extra-Curricular / After School Program: Yes

Substance Abuse Program: No

Sensory Gym: Yes

Music: Yes

Arts: Yes

Theater: Yes

Student Bus Service: No


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