Rose Rock Academy receives accreditation and certification

February 27, 2013


Rose Rock Academy receives accreditation and certification

Oklahoma City, Okla.“Sooner state” residential treatment facility for children with autism renews official approval and receives documentation of accreditation renewal.

Rose Rock Academy was established in 2007 to provide treatment for male and female children ages five through 17, diagnosed with autism. The Academy is committed to providing a tailored, highly-structured environment with 24-hour nursing care to foster academic and personal development. They recently underscored that dedication with two important milestones.

In August of 2012, Rose Rock Academy received official recognition from the Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission (OPSAC). Rose Rock is fully accredited in grades PK – 12 by the North Central Association – Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI).  NCA-CASI is a member organization of OPSAC. Rose Rock’s accreditation is fully recognized by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

Rose Rock received accreditation in 2010 after a rigorous comprehensive process that evaluated all the parts of the institution.  The accreditation process focuses on the school’s vision and goals, evaluates teaching and learning, and how results are documented and resources are allocated.  The process includes both a comprehensive self study as well as an objective external review of the school. Students benefit from the Academy’s continued accreditation through objective evaluation, transparency, strong educational programs, and ability to transfer credits.

September 2012 marked another achievement. Rose Rock Academy’s Educational Director since 2008, Paul Boer, M.Ed. received Board Certification as a Behavioral Analyst. This qualification brings a functional assessment and treatment process known as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to the Rose Rock campus. His training included use of scientific principles to effectively teach and motivate children diagnosed at all levels of the autism spectrum.

Executive Director, Diane Bedell, expressed pride in the Academy’s pledge to aid in the development of children with autism through advanced techniques. “Maintaining our standing as an accredited institution tells the families of these very special kids that we will be there for them – nurturing, teaching, and guiding their children every day. Mr. Boer’s personal drive to obtain Board certification is additional evidence of the Rose Rock philosophy.”

Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The term "spectrum" refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment, or disability, that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, but others are severely disabled. Autism results in varying degrees of difficulty in communication (both verbal and nonverbal), social interaction, and repetitive behaviors. Rose Rock attends to the needs of autistic children who are medically stable, but whose symptoms necessitate 24 hour residential care.


For more information about Rose Rock Academy or the accreditation process, please contact:

Paul Boer, Sr., M.Ed., BCBA

Education  Director

Rose Rock Academy

3301 North MLK Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone: 405.548.1280, Extension 148

Carolyn Gasiorek

Vice President of Postsecondary Education
Postsecondary NCA CASI Education Office
9115 Westside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Phone: 888.413.3669, Extension 5747


Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission

2448 East 81st Street

Tulsa, OK 74137

Phone: 918.493.8880

Rose Rock Academy designates 9 bed unit to serve children with maladaptive sexual behaviors

February 27, 2013



Rose Rock Academy designates 9 bed unit to serve children with maladaptive sexual behaviors

Oklahoma City, Okla.Private treatment facility for autistic children dedicates exclusive quarters and treatment program to boys with inappropriate sexual behaviors and Autism.

Rose Rock Academy is a residential facility that specializes in the treatment of children diagnosed with autism. In January 2013 they designated a comfortable, home-style cottage complex for the care of males, ages eight through 14, who have exhibited maladaptive sexual behaviors.

Executive Director, Diane Bedell, sees this as an exciting and important step in customizing care for autistic children. “Recognizing that inappropriate sexual behavior is not typical of every autistic child, and addressing it through a specialized curriculum for lower intellectual functioning children sets Rose Rock apart from other institutions. These kids need a safe, supportive environment where their past experiences and risk factors can be explored. Our family treatment program encourages understanding and teaches personal control techniques.”

This undertaking included a full remodel of the boy’s cottage located in a comfortable wooded setting. Sleeping quarters, group zones, classrooms, and public areas are bright and welcoming.

The Children with Sexualized Behaviors Program includes a direct care staff with particular training in for this population. The therapists are skilled in working with autistic children who exhibit inappropriate sexual conduct. Comprehensive treatment protocol coordinates the care of psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and other mental health professionals, all specially qualified to help children with this unique treatment issue.

One-on-one therapy and group sessions include topics like rules for sexual behavior, respecting personal space boundaries, good touch/bad touch, coping with trauma and maltreatment experiences, and relapse prevention.

Children are individually evaluated for admission to the program and assessed for appropriate length of stay. They must be medically stable, have an IQ of 50 to 75, be diagnosed with an intellectual/developmental disability as the primary reason for needing round the clock care, and show a pattern of sexually inappropriate behaviors. Rose Rock began accepting residents into the program in January.

Rose Rock Academy was founded in 2007 to answer the call of families seeking advanced treatment methods for children ages five through 17, diagnosed with autism. The highly-structured environment addresses the needs of children at all levels of the autism spectrum. Behavioral and specialized educational programs foster communication skills, social interaction, and academics.

For more information about Rose Rock Academy or autism, please contact:

Karen Devlin, LPC

Admissions Clinician

Rose Rock Academy

3301 North MLK Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone: 405.548.1280, Extension 103


Autism Speaks

1 East 33rd Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212.252.8584