New Advisory Board to Provide Strategic Guidance and Expertise for the Expansion of its Autism Services Division for Learn It

BALTIMORE, MD
The Learn It family of companies are excited to announce the formation of their new autism advisory board. Comprised of business and clinical leaders in education, technology, behavioral health, and autism advocacy, the board’s purpose is to support management’s goal of becoming the premier autism services provider in the country. According to the Founder and CEO, Michael Maloney, “We have a tremendous opportunity to expand access to high quality autism services to families across the county and continue to innovate in service delivery. This advisory board will help our leadership team shape our programming to meet the needs of families for the next decade.”
Joining the board are:

  • Henry Harbin, MD – former Chairman and CEO of Magellan Health Services and advocate for mental health services,
  • Kevin Custer – technology entrepreneur, board member of the Autism Society of America, and partner at ARC Capital Development,
  • Leslie Morrison, PhD, BCBA-D – Chair of the Applied Behavior Analysis Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles and Irvine campuses,
  • Kristin Jacobson — Founder, Board Chair, President & Executive Director at Autism Deserves Equal Cover (ADEC) Foundation and former healthcare marketing executive,
  • Ronit Molko, PhD, BCBA-D – Founder of Autism Spectrum Therapies and President of Autism Services at Learn It, and board member of Autism Society of Los Angeles.

Learn It began providing autism services through its 2014 acquisitions of Autism Spectrum Therapies and Trellis Services, leading autism services providers on the east and west coasts respectively. The acquisitions significantly expanded the portfolio of services that Learn It provides to children with special needs, which also includes special education staffing, special education program management, and managed classrooms for children with intensive behavior needs. Don Scheeler, EVP of Specialized Services, commented, “Autism services was a natural expansion for Learn It given our history of partnering with school districts to solve their challenges of serving special needs populations.”
Autism Spectrum Disorders affects a staggering 1 in 68 children in America. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely regarded as the most effective treatment for individuals with autism and is at the core of AST’s and Trellis’ programs. Learn It’s team includes more than 90 Board Certified Behavior Analysts and 1,000 interventionists. According to Justin Funches, VP of Marketing and Strategy, “The Learn It family of companies is one of the leading organizations in the country serving children with autism and other special needs. Our team has unrivaled expertise in partnering with insurance companies, schools, and government payers to develop evidence based programs.”
As a combined organization, Learn It is one of the leading national providers of services to families affected by autism serving nearly 2,000 families across Arizona, California, Maryland, Louisiana, and Washington. Funches further commented, “We will be opening an office in Illinois later this year and are looking to expand to more communities over the next twelve months.”

About the Learn It family of companies
The Learn It family of companies provide specialized interventions for children in need to help them dream, achieve and succeed in school and life. The organization delivers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and related services for individuals with autism, special education programs and services in schools, and Title I academic support programs for struggling learners. Annually, the Learn It family delivers more than 1 million hours of service to 5,000 families across ten states, in their homes, schools and communities. The Learn It family includes; Learn It Systems, Autism Spectrum Therapies, Trellis Services, and Desert Choice Schools. Visit http://www.learnitsystems.com/family to learn more.

Learn It Partners with Class Compete to Alleviate Test Anxiety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 16, 2015

Baltimore, MD – Learn It Systems and Class Compete partner to help students improve test taking skills through new gaming technology.

One of the many challenges that today’s students face is overcoming the anxiety associated with taking tests. As a leader in providing academic support in public and private schools, Learn It Systems has seen this issue affect thousands of students over the last decade.

When they were approached by new ed-tech start-up, Class Compete, to partner to develop a solution to this problem, there was no doubt about the value this could provide students and schools.

According to Raquel Whiting, Executive Vice President, Academic Support for Learn It, “In analyzing over 100,000 academic interventions we’ve performed, we have found no matter the methodology or pedagogy we used, test anxiety was affecting a high percentage of our students and outcomes.”

Class Compete and Learn It worked together to develop a gaming platform that engaged students while improving their test taking strategies. “Gaming engages students in many ways” said Rahul Mahna, CEO and Founder of Class Compete. “We are trying to capture the essence of it, combine it with assessments and boost student confidence while improving their scores.”

The Class Compete application has been deployed to 5,000 students participating in Learn It’s tablet-based online academic support programs in California and Illinois. The application includes a teacher panel that allows Learn It to offer differentiated instruction and real-time reporting data while students compete in games.

The partnership between Learn It and Class Compete was announced at the EdSurge Baltimore Summit. Whiting said of the partnership, “The academic possibilities with gaming are endless and we think our approach of helping students in test taking strategies uniquely positions us to help students and schools succeed.”

Learn more at www.classcompete.com and www.learnitsystems.com

 

About Learn It Systems

Learn It Systems is a national organization dedicated to helping all children succeed in school and life. The organization provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and related services for individual with autism, special education programs and services in schools, and Title I academic support programs for struggling learners. This year, the Learn It family will deliver more than 1 million hours of service to more than 12,000 families across in ten states, in their homes, schools and communities. The Learn It family includes; Learn It Systems, Autism Spectrum Therapies, Trellis Services, and Desert Choice Schools. Visit learnitsystems.com.com/family to learn more.

About Class Compete

Conceived on a trek to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, Class Compete is a gaming platform that improves student test taking abilities while providing parents and teachers data to make better academic decision. It is available on GooglePlay, iPad, Kindle Fire, PC and Mac.

Desert Choice Schools Expand in Arizona

Learn It’s Desert Choice Schools expands to serve more than 140 special and alternative education students in partnership with five school districts in Arizona.

Learn It’s Special Academies in Arizona provide comprehensive special education services for students with emotional disabilities, as well as an alternative education program for students with challenging behaviors. Each program is based on Learn It’s positive behavior support model and focuses on returning students back to a less restrictive environment while accelerating academic performance.

In the last year, the program has grown from 50 students to more than 140 students. Learn It operates 16 different Desert Choice classrooms across Arizona located on the campuses of its school district partners. Each classroom is led by a certified special education teacher and assisted by Learn It’s highly trained behavior technicians.  The staff leverages Learn It’s new Student Data System to capture and monitor each students growth on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. 

John Carberry, Learn It’s vice president of special academies commented, “Our team, processes, and technology allow us to to continue to reintegrate students at a rate higher than any of competitors, demonstrating our commitment to our public school district partners to return each student to a less restrictive setting within a traditional public school classroom.”

1 Hear how the program has impacted both students and parents in this video.