About Us

What We Do
Beyond the Spectrum is a non-profit therapeutic clinic and education center for children with autism in Sarasota, FL, that services all surrounding counties. The education center at Beyond the Spectrum offers academic programs that currently serve children grades K-12 and a social skills program that services ages 4 through adult. Beyond the Spectrum is an Accredited Member School as deemed by the standards of the Association of Independent Schools of Florida and the National Council for Private School Accreditation. Our student-to-teacher ratio does not exceed 4:1. Our goal is to provide a positive, family-friendly environment while keeping services affordable to parents​.


Our History

Beyond the Spectrum initially opened its doors as a therapy clinic in 2007. When we found that the greater need in our community was a school for children with Autism and related disorders, Beyond the Spectrum reopened as a non-profit Education Center in the fall of 2010. Since then, our programs have grown from eleven students spanning three classrooms to almost ninety students among twenty-one classrooms!

At Beyond the Spectrum, we believe that every child deserves to be loved and accepted for who they are. We are here to support both the children and families of our community affected by Autism and other related disorders. Let us show how the environment at Beyond the Spectrum can change your child's life. 

Going Beyond!
A Message from Our Executive Director
At Beyond the Spectrum, our mission will always revolve around serving families in our community affected by Autism and other related diagnoses. We serve children ages 4-22 with Autism and associated abilities in Manatee, Sarasota, and surrounding counties. Set up a tour to see the difference a culture of love can make for you and your child. 
-Lora Carpenter. Executive Director