Tree Nut and Peanut Free Zone
Elliott Institute is a tree nut and peanut free zone, to keep our students safe from tree nut and peanut allergies.

“Yellow butterflies look like flowers flying through the warm summer air.”

–Andrea Willis


2016-2018 School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

2506 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, California 91214 (818) 236-3603
State Certified K-High School
Dr. Alicia A. Elliott, Executive Director

Director’s Message

Elliott Institute was established in 1992 to provide intensive language-based classrooms for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The school emerged from a need expressed by parents for a program combining language and behavior programming. Elliott Institute employs state-of-the-art positive behavior techniques to enable learners to reach their individual maximum potential in language, cognitive and academic areas.

The staff is comprised of Moderate to Severe credentialed Special Education teachers, highly trained Lead Assistants, Instructional Assistants, schooled specifically in the disorders of autism. Speech-Language Pathology-Assistants, Speech Pathologist(s) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who are specially trained and credentialed in Applied Behavior Analysis for classroom application of Discrete Trial Training work in a collaborative mode with classroom teachers. Auxiliary staff consists of Director of Education to oversee classroom curriculum and the Cognitive Enhancement Program of Art and Music and an Independently Contracted Occupational Therapist. Elliott Institute has also implemented a Transition Program for youth aged 14 and above for developing the skills needed for community based instruction access and functional living skills.

Volunteers are brought in from the local high school for a “buddy” program as well as staffs’ or families’ children volunteers during holiday breaks to enhance the program and to allow siblings a chance to work with their disabled brother or sister in a positive atmosphere.

Elliott Institute’s Partners with Parents program brings in speakers that offer insights into home management and future expectations for their child with autism. Elliott Institute staff works closely with parents to preserve the family unit and encourage carryover of skills to the home setting.

Staff at Elliott Institute is highly committed to the education of this population. Some staff in the School/Clinic Program have worked as long as 17 years at Elliott and provide consistency and dedication to the most severely involved youngsters with this disorder. As I, as the creator and Executive Director of Elliott Institute, continue my 40+ years working with this fascinating disorder, my staff stands behind me as exemplary individuals truly committed to the improvement of this disorder.

Mission Statement

Our mission at Elliott Institute is to create stimulating, respectful and dedicated treatment through leading edge methodologies and technology with the purpose of returning each child to lead a productive life in their own families and communities. We provide highly competent and professional language, behavior and academic intervention services both in classroom and clinical treatment settings. We offer highly professional intervention to children with autism, communication disorders and other behavioral challenges focusing on the child’s individual strengths.