Autism and Behavioral Spectrum is a private Reggio Emilia therapy center committed to building respect, responsibility, and community for a brighter future. We accomplish this by creating a supportive and enriching educational environment that fosters increased knowledge through exploration and discovery. A self-guided curriculum is created based on the needs and interests of each individual child. By committing to these principles and the highest level of education, we guide each individual to a promising future.


The Reggio Emilia Philosophy

Reggio Emilia, a village in northern Italy, was the first to adopt the mindset that children are born with "a hundred languages" through which they can express their ideas. The aim of this approach is teaching children how to use these symbolic languages (eg., words, gestures, movement, painting, sculpting, drama, music) and personal interests functionally everyday life.

The Reggio Emilia Approach requires team members to work with intelligent sensitivity and special empathy towards children. Leaders must possess the habit of questioning their certainties, a great deal of awareness and availability, a critical style of research, and the skills to talk, listen, and learn from children and their parents. It is their responsibility to organize the classroom environment and it's rich and various materials in a way that makes the classrooms amiable environments, as well as beautiful and engaging spaces.


Visitors of Reggio Emilia schools often denote the quality and creativity of the physical space, as special care is given to the appearance of the environment. A strong sense of beauty, along with spatial design that fosters environmental exploration and social interaction, are essential elements of the Reggio Emilia educational culture.


Founder Naina Aijaz Haider has decided to dedicate a center that utilizes the Reggio Emilia methodology towards children who would benefit from additional attention towards their educational, social, emotional, and/or behavioral development.

To learn more about the educational foundation of the Reggio Emilia approach and to access relevant articles, visit North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. There you will find Autism and Behavioral Spectrum listed as one of their resources in Missouri.  



  Our Focus Points

  • Personal and social development

  • Behavioral delays and restrictions

  • Behavioral and educational advancements 

  • Physical movement and body awareness

  • Verbal language

  • Non-verbal languages 

  • Visual arts, music, and drama

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world, including environment explorations and projects as well as math and science activities

  • Self-guided exploration

  • Teamwork and coordination

  • Nature investigation and recreation

  • Conventional/unconventional play

  • Unique and individualized investigation

  • Parent collaboration 

Site Title

Building Respect, Responsibility, & Community for a Brighter Future.

14733 Clayton Rd Chesterfield, MO​ 63011

Phone: 314 339 7732

Fax: 636 220 8338

Hours of Operation: 7:00am -6:00pm

Administration Hours: 7:00am-4:00pm

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