Parent Resources

The following websites provide additional information regarding the programs, services and partnerships at Westlake School. 

  Edmark Reading Program

The Edmark Reading Program teaches basic reading skills to the most struggling readers and non-readers. Through short instructional steps, students are taught recognition and comprehension of words. Carefully planned introduction of words and evolution of sentence structure promote language development. The content is appropriate for students of all ages. Student progress is automatically tracked, and single-switch scanning is supported.  


TouchMath is a multisensory program that uses its signature TouchPoints to engage students of all abilities and learning styles.  

  New Jersey Department of Education

The Department of Education website provides parent-friendly information about curriculum, instruction, student assessment, legal issues and links to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Contends Standards.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the leading advocacy agency in the country whose mission is to inform and raise public awareness of autism by raising money to fund research. The website provides current information about autism research and idea.

Autism NJ (formerly COSAC)

Autism NJ is a non-profit agency in New Jersey that provides information, advocacy services, family and professional education and consultation to the autism community. 

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

This official home of Carol Gray, the professional who developed Social Stories, provides information about guidelines for writing social stories, sample stories and additional resources for using social stories to teach social skills to children with autistic spectrum disorders.

Autism Society of America

The Autism Society of America provides information and supports efforts to promote education, awareness and advocacy on critical autism issues. 

NJ Family Magazine


Foss Science

Foss Science is a research-based science curriculum for grades K-8 which is active-learning science curriculum.  The FOSS Program bridges research and practice by providing tools and strategies to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed worlds.

The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)

The AFLS is comprised of The AFLS Guide and assessment protocols that assess functional, practical, and essential skills of everyday life.  The assessment exists on a continuum spanning throughout a learner’s life in home, school, and community settings.  Each module is different yet each is connected by unifying themes and overarching goals for maximizing a learner’s freedom, independence, and opportunities.  The AFLS includes Basic Living Skills, Home Skills, Community Participation, School Skills, Independent Living Skills and Vocational Skills Protocols.


Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Creature Comforts Pet Therapy

Creature comforts, located in Morris Plains, New Jersey, provides visits to Westlake School with their therapy dogs.

Supports Program
The Supports Program was developed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), which provides public funding for certain services that assist eligible New Jersey adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, age 21 and older, to live as independently as possible.