More than 30 qualified teachers are at the Rich Center – each instructor has a teaching license in psychology, education, or related fields. Many of our teachers have Applied Behavior Analysis certificates, special education degrees or social work experience making them exceptionally qualified to handle mild to extreme diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder. More than 65% of them have master degrees or are working towards completion of graduate studies.
There is always an ongoing open enrollment at the Rich Center. Students come from Mahoning, Trumbull, Alliance and Carroll counties. In fact, any student throughout the State of Ohio can attend the Rich Center.
The students receive hands-on care and attention starting in preschool where there is a 2:1 teacher to student ratio. As the children get older, their progress continues and the teacher to student ratio is 3:1. At the Rich Center there are children as young as 2 ½ years of age to 16 years old. We teach preschool, life skills, academic and school based inclusion methods. There is a full time nurse on staff and faculty visit the center from Youngstown State University who work on various research projects related to autism spectrum disorder.
The Rich Center offers a full inclusion program at St. Charles School in Boardman, Ohio. The students are involved in daily student activity on the 7th grade level. Four Rich Center teachers are on staff to help acclimate our hardworking students. Instructors use curriculum and classroom modification and social skill training to prepare the students for full inclusion. Students at St. Charles learn how to express their wants and needs through language based learning skills creating functional communications proficiencies.
We are a tuition free agency. Our commitment is to offer our services to any child enrolled at the Rich Center regardless of the ability to pay.