Beyond The Spectrum Inc
7333 International Drive
Catherine Peabody
Sarasota FL 34240
Our mission at Beyond the Spectrum is to serve the children and families in our community affected by autism and related disorders.  By providing individualized therapeutic and educational services and utilizing the expertise of our professionally trained staff, our goal is for each child to achieve their highest potential in a safe, caring and family friendly environment. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Catherine Peabody
Board Chair Mrs. Lora Carpenter
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2015
State Registration No 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $480,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

The percentage of children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise both in America and internationally. The demand for services is at an all time high, and the Sarasota/ Manatee communities are no exception. In 2007, Beyond the Spectrum was founded as a Therapy Clinic by Catherine Peabody, a mom living in Manatee County, who was shocked at the limited options she had to help her son who had been diagnosed with Autism. She soon learned, by speaking with other mothers of children affected by ASD, that many other families were feeling the effects of the limited choices and programs in our area for these children. Seeing and experiencing this problem first hand, Mrs. Peabody decided to create a therapy clinic to help solve this issue. After the therapy clinic had been up and running for three years, Mrs. Peabody and the team behind Beyond the Spectrum realized there was a bigger need for another school in the area, so in 2010, Beyond the Spectrum transitioned from therapy clinic, to a school. The school has given over forty families in both the Sarasota & Manatee counties a safe, loving, environment to learn and grow on a daily basis. Beyond the Spectrum strives to embrace the whole child and help them through many different kinds of therapy. Each student receives Speech Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, and Horse Riding Therapy. This enables each student to grow in countless ways and reach their full potential. At the very heart of Beyond the Spectrum is unconditional love for many of the area’s children who need it the most.

Needs Statement
Scholarships for students whose parents cannot pay tuition balance after McKay Scholarship ($500 - $2500 per student)Curriculum geared for students with autism and related disabilities ($500)20 IPads to enhance communication for students who are nonverbal or who have limited verbal skills in their daily activities ($500 per iPad)Funding for individual therapeutic services (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Music Therapy and Behavioral Therapy) $500 per month)
Background Statement
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type Education
Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Special Education, Social Skills
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Description Beyond the Spectrum Education Center is a day school for children with autism and related disabilities from the ages of 2 to 18 years.  Our school is designed to educate each child based on individual needs and learning style.  Our Little Caterpillars classroom is for children at the preschool and kindergarten level who are in need of communication skills, behavioral programs, social skills and kindergarten readiness. The ratio for this program never exceeds a 3:1.  Our Monarch classroom is designed as a traditional classroom for children with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome, and works on social skills and behavioral issues throughout the course of the day's instruction.  The Monarch class uses a traditional curriculum and follows the Sunshine State standards for academic excellence. Classrooms in this program vary from a 4;1 ratio to a 7:1 ratio. Our Mariposa class is specifically designed for children diagnosed with autism.  This program focuses on enhancing communication, individualized education, and life skills for both home and in the community. Classrooms in this program never exceed a 4:1 ratio.
Budget $350,000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success By the end of each school year, our goal is for 100% of our children to make gains in the areas of education, social skills, and life skills.  
Long Term Success Our Little Caterpillars class is designed to assist children as early as possible following a diagnosis and provide individualized early intervention to improve each child's abilities.  The goal is for each child to move on to a traditional school and be successful in a mainstream classroom.  Our Monarch classroom is designed as a short term program with the goal for each child to learn appropriate social skills and master the abilities needed to attend a traditional school and mainstream classroom for long term success.  The Mariposa classroom is designed to assist children with long term independence and vocational skills.  Enhancing the ability to communicate increases the opportunities for these children to find employment be self sufficient and to ultimately live lives independently.  Our staff creates individualized goals for each child attending our school.  Data is collected daily and goals are reviewed and updated quarterly.  
Program Success Monitoring Each child is has an individualized education plan with specific goals in the areas of academics, social skills, behaviors, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  Each child is assigned a binder for daily data collection that is reviewed monthly by a board certified behavior analyst.  Goals are updated monthly and again quarterly at a parent attended meeting.  Education goals are designed by our lead teacher/curriculum specialist and data is collected daily and reviewed quarterly.  Occupational therapy and Speech therapy goals are collected weekly and are reviewed and updated quarterly by the child's team of teachers, therapists and parents/guardians.  
Program Success Examples The Beyond the Spectrum Education Center program has been a part of our organization for 2 years  We have successfully mainstreamed 3 children from our Little Caterpillars class into traditional kindergarten settings.  We have also successfully transitioned 2 students from our Monarch classroom to traditional private schools in the Sarasota area.  We have had great success in the use of the iPad for our children in our Mariposa classroom.  This new technology has given a voice to many children with limited or no verbal skills.  For example, we have one boy who can now tell us his address, phone # and birthday by scrolling through an app on his iPad and he has even ordered his own pizza at Pizza Hut using the iPad.  We feel this is just the beginning in what can be accomplished in the areas of communication and education.  
Description Social Butterflies is weekly social skills class for children affected by high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome.  This class meets weekly and assist children in understanding appropriate social interactions in school, home, sports and other social settings.  We currently offer 2 classes.  One for children of elementary age and the other for teens in middle and high school.  Social Butterflies has become a safe and comfortable environment for our children to learn with out judgement and bullying.  
Budget $5,200
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Social Butterflies teen group is a very unique approach to assisting teens during this challenging time in their social life.  Our therapists conduct their sessions in our clinic and also take the group to public areas, such as coffee houses and malls to assist in each teens comfort level in these social environments.  
Our elementary Social Butterflies class has had great success in assisting younger children with reducing anxiety and maintaining self control.  This group focuses primarily on social appropriate skills for school and extra curricular activities.  
Long Term Success The goal of this program is to offer each child the necessary skills to be successfully socially in school, work, sports and other social settings.  These skills do not come naturally to these children resulting in anxiety, depression, bullying and sometimes suicidal thoughts.  Social skills can be taught and more and more resources are available to assist therapists in conducting these social skills classes.  We would like to see 100% of our students make gains in the are of social development and friendships.  
Program Success Monitoring
Both of our Social Butterflies groups are monitored by our Behavioral therapy team to individualize each child's area of  social challenges and goals and reviewed on a regular basis.   
Program Success Examples
Social Butterflies teen group is entering it's third year and has a 80% retention rate in attendance of regular participating teens.  This group has become very socially connected and strong bonds have been achieved.  
Our elementary program is entering it's fifth year meeting on Saturday mornings and maintains full attendance on a regular basis.  This group has consistently received positive parent feedback.   
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Catherine Peabody
CEO Term Start Mar 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email
Bachelor's of Science in Biology
Master's Degree in Business Administration
Over 7 years experience working with non-profit organizations.
Extensive experience working with children and families affected with autism.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 40
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Beyond the Spectrum collaborates with several organizations.  
Currently in 2013, we are collaborating with SMART (Sarasota-Manatee Assoc of Riding Therapy) to raise funds for our students and clients to participate in riding therapy as well.
Sensory Solutions of Sarasota offers discounted services to our students several times throughout the school year for field trips.  
Positive Behavior Interventions- Lewis Weber, BCBA is by BTS for Board Certified oversight of all programs and staff affiliated with behavior plans.
The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch offers an informal collaboration that allows our children to visit the Humane society on a regular basis.  
Other consistent field trip locations include the Sarasota County Library, GWiz in Sarasota, Mote Marine as well as Mixon Farms.
Positive Behavior Support, Corp handles our insurance processing and ensures that qualifications and standards are met and maintained to offer 1:1 Behavior Therapeutic services both on site and in clients homes.  
Olive Branch, a local tree removal and trimming company has wrapped a large truck from their fleet to bring awareness and to raise funds for the autism cause.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Viewers Choice Hero of the YearBay News 9 Every Day Hero2009
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Lora Carpenter
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Feb 2014 to Feb 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Lora Carpenter Harvest UMC Sprouts Preschool
Mrs. Nathalie DeWolf Community Volunteer
Mr. Colt DeWolf Community Volunteer
Mrs. Cindy Koelsch Community Volunteer
Mr. Christopher Peabody Genetech
Mrs. Catherine Peabody Beyond the Spectrum
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $480,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose To purchase our own building
Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2014 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$469,247$356,507$349,199
Administration Expense$11,346$24,296$7,906
Fundraising Expense$165$5,375$2,075
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.301.320.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%92%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%3%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$234,024$112,752$15,338
Current Assets$234,024$112,752$15,338
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$19,480
Current Liabilities$0$2,500$17,000
Total Net Assets$234,024$110,252($21,142)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $484,653BTS School $334,785BS School $293,709
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBTS School $64,211Contributions, gifts, grants $174,167Contributions, gifts, grants $44,329
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $42,4210 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $125,001 - $150,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--45.100.90
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%127%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the IRS Form 990.  Financial figures were taken from the IRS Form 990s. Audit only conducted for FY 2011.  Federal 990 and audited financial statements for 2011 reconcile.
Nonprofit Beyond The Spectrum Inc
Address 7333 International Drive
Catherine Peabody
Sarasota, FL 34240
Primary Phone 941 907-3443