Step By Step Academy to Participate in 2nd Annual Olentangy Vendor Fair August 21, 2012 at Olentangy Liberty High School

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Worthington, Ohio, nonprofit dedicated to treating the affects of Autism Spectrum Disorder shows its support of area schools and showcases its in-class educational programs designed to serve individuals with autism.

Step By Step Academy, a highly regarded nonprofit autism treatment center in Worthington, Ohio, today announced that it is participating in the Olentangy Vendor Fair to be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at Olentangy Liberty High School, 3584 Home Road in Powell, Ohio. The second-annual vendor fair will be hosted in the school’s gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The fair is designed to feature area businesses that support and serve local school districts and help community schools meet the expectations of the students and families they serve. Among other initiatives, Step By Step Academy has a strong history of supporting the needs of the school systems in Ohio. An example of this is its long standing partnership with Morrow County School District to offer in-class educational programs that serve students with autism and other development disabilities.

Currently, Step By Step has in-class programs in three classrooms involving six schools Cardington, Centerburg, Highland, Marion City, Mt. Gilead and Northmor.

The goal of Step By Step’s in-class program is to support area schools and to help students successfully integrate into the least-restrictive school placement; this is accomplished through utilizing one-to-one, one-to-two and small group behavioral intervention sessions.

Instruction within each school program is provided using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Instruction goals are developed according to each student’s need through the development of an individualized treatment plan, which is then implemented across the student’s day. Skills including language, communication, daily living, play and social skills are taught to foster a student’s independence.

“Participating in the Olentangy Vendor Fair is a wonderful opportunity for Step By Step to showcase the programs and services it offers to area schools and to generate more awareness in the community for the need for high-quality educational programs to support special needs students,” said Michele LaMarche, executive director of Step By Step. “We’re proud to join this effort as we work to establish even deeper ties to the greater Columbus community.”

Step By Step, through its partnership with Special Learning, Inc. ( the leading global provider of mobile technology applications and educational resources for the autism community, will be giving away a teacher resource kit that includes a hard copy and a downloadable copy of several educational tools including books and access to a free training webcast for educators that serve students with autism spectrum disorder..

Step By Step provides treatment for children, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the greater Columbus, Ohio, metro area. For more information about the program or Step By Step, visit or call 614-436-7837.

About Step By Step
Founded in 2002 by Michele LaMarche, Step By Step is a private, nonprofit treatment center for children, teenagers and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition to center-based treatment, Step By Step provides several services designed to support the ongoing needs of the community including assessment services by a psychologist or licensed social workers, center-based intensive behavioral intervention treatment services, parent advocacy and case management services. Step By Step is based in Columbus, Ohio. Follow Step By Step on Facebook,, and Twitter,

About Special Learning
Special Learning is the leading global provider of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) solutions. Special Learning designs mobile applications and educational resources based on clinical evidence-based research to ensure that every person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is capable of attaining an abundant and fulfilling life. Through its comprehensive web portal, Special Learning provides the global autism community with a range of ABA training and educational products, web-based and downloadable tools and professional services to empower parents, teachers and providers so that they can help individuals with autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably. Follow Special Learning on Facebook,, and Twitter,!/speciallearning.

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