Talisman Programs Welcomes New Academic Director to Head School for Teens with Asperger's Syndrome

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Jake Weld, M.Ed., appointed academic director at Talisman Programs for middle and high school students with Asperger's Syndrome.

With Jake at the helm, we are looking forward to expanding from solid basic academics to an extensive array of opportunities for each student to truly meet his or her potential

Talisman Programs, a network of summer camps and school programs for young people who have learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism, recently appointed Jake Weld as its new academic director.

Weld was selected for the position based on his solid background in teaching and teaching administration and his experience working with children and teens with special needs. His well-rounded background, combined with his enthusiasm for working with young people, made him a perfect fit for Southeast Journeys, Talisman's school program for middle and high school students with Asperger's.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jake to the Talisman team," said Linda Tatsapaugh, MS, the Executive Director of Talisman Programs. "He brings a depth of experience addressing learning needs in an experiential environment that will greatly enhance the strong program we now have."

Weld has a master's degree in education with a focus on management and innovation, and has a teaching credential in secondary social studies. He has worked in educational settings for more than 15 years at summer camps, residential programs and schools, most recently serving as academic dean of a boarding school for students with learning disabilities. His diverse background allowed him to teach in Egypt and Peru, and guide groups of teens through the wilderness of Oregon.

In addition to enhancing its academic program, Weld will help Southeast Journeys improve the overall quality of its services. As academic director, Weld will rewrite the program's academic policies and add more support for middle and high school students with Asperger's Syndrome, as well as help guide the program through the rigorous process of earning accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

"With Jake at the helm, we are looking forward to expanding from solid basic academics to an extensive array of opportunities for each student to truly meet his or her potential," Tatsapaugh said. "Jake's first task will be to lead us to SACS accreditation, which is our big goal of 2010."

"Talisman has always been exceptional at cultivating social skills and independent living skills in children with learning disabilities," Weld said. "By joining Talisman's talented team of professionals, this is a great opportunity to help make Talisman an even stronger and more effective program for the students and families we serve."

Talisman Programs offers summer camps for children with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism, as well as Southeast Journeys, a school program for middle and high school students with Asperger's. With a highly structured daily schedule, a small staff-to-student ratio, in-depth social and life skills training, and plenty of fun and adventure, Talisman Programs have been a first choice of families since 1980. For more information about Talisman Programs, visit http://www.talismancamps.com or call (888) 458-8226.

Talisman Programs is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available. For more information about CRC Health Group, visit http://www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.

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