Parent Testimonials

“After 3 years of exhausting resources through the public school system with no progress in our son’s education or social functioning skills, I turned to the Little Star Center for help.  I researched the schools for children with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout the Jacksonville area. The staff at Little Star is what grabbed my attention at first. They really seemed to enjoy their work and their interaction with the children seemed genuine. Having been with the school now for a little over 2 years I know now that these teachers are not only top notch, but compassionate as well! You can really see this by how the children respond to them; my son loves to go to school! I have also seen a tremendous growth in my son’s abilities since starting Little Star. In three-month’s time his vocalizing blossomed and his functional skills soared. They had him potty-trained and drinking from a straw almost immediately.  These sound like small milestones for some, but my son was over six and we had been struggling with these things for years.  He has since made remarkable leaps in his education too.  Once labeled severely intellectually challenged and only “trainable”, he can now among a long list of other things sort/identify colors and numbers, put puzzles together, and has even starting to talk in short sentences. I can’t say enough about the level of educational excellence Little Star has provided to our Son. And I am not the only one who notices. People are constantly asking us where we have him because they are amazed at his progress. I am always praising Little Star Center! “

~Proud Parent, Melinda Barber

“Little Star Center has been my son’s school for several years. The teachers and staff truly care about your child. They listen and are willing to work with you on the goals and challenges of your child. We have had true challenges and medical issues that they handled professionally and communicated greatly so I felt comfortable. Tyler is moving on this year and we will miss the teachers tremendously, but they will always be in our life and in our hearts. Thanks so much for a great experience in teaching my child educational and life lessons.”

~Teresa White

“Living in Ormond Beach, Florida with two sons on the autism spectrum was very difficult.  The public school system there was not equipped to provide what my sons needed and there was no private alternative. Finding Little Star Center five years ago was a blessing.   We moved the family to Jacksonville specifically so that Luke and Sam could attend, and the results have been amazing.  My boys have grown from five-year old “infants” with virtually no life skills, into nine-year old boys who are potty-trained, able to sit at a table and eat meals with utensils, talk or communicate in meaningful ways, read, write, listen, and follow simple and complex directions.  And all of this learning has taken place in a loving environment, without stressing the boys or dampening their happy and exuberant personalities. I credit the Little Star leadership and staff for the positive developments in my sons.  Of course, there is follow-up at home as there should be with any school age child, but the director, teachers and staff of Little Star get all of the learning and growth underway, man the laboring oar, and keep in close contact with the parents to ensure that everyone is pulling in the same direction for the personal and academic growth of the children.   The program at Little Star is custom-fit to each of my boy’s needs, strengths, weaknesses and personalities.  The teachers accomplish this by having small classrooms, individualized learning plans for each child, and through the use of ABA instruction methods.  The atmosphere is safe, happy, loving and nurturing, and the culture of Little Star is instilled by the director and supported at all levels of staff.   My sons are wonderful examples of the fruits of the hard work done every day at Little Star.  Thank you!”


“When thinking about what to say about Little Star Center it is hard to put into words. For our son Max, Little Star has been a part of who he is for as long as we can remember. Starting out with just 4 fellow students at the age of 5, Max attended school full time and now as a pre-teen, attends the summer camp program. Amazingly, some of the same teachers are still with Max after all these years and most parents know how important consistency is to our kids. Max thrives in the structured yet flexible environment Little Star Center provides. His program is written for him and him alone and our ABA Director really listened to what was important to me as a mom and incorporated those goals into his daily program. Not only have they worked on numbers, writing, colors and such but Max also learned to drink through a straw, eat with a fork, clean up his plate after lunch and wash his hands. It is this balance of academics and basic living skills that allowed Max to break through barriers and truly achieve.”

~Tiffany Wolfson