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16905 SW 100th St
Miami, Florida 33157

Tel: (305) 234-0490
Fax: (305) 234-0491

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7530 Sunset Dr
Miami, Florida 331
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Tel: (305) 271-8790
Fax: (305) 271-8789

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Carrie Brazer leased a 2000" foot office space in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida and began an after school center and Saturday school program with 15 children diagnosed with Autism. Due to the high demand for therapy within an all inclusive facility, by the "Open House" in April 2000, enrollment nearly tripled. Her center now serves over 55 children weekly after school, on Saturdays, every school holiday and through out 12 weeks of the Summer.
Carrie Brazer's program consists of highly structured, consistent, cognitive based instruction delivered with a one teacher to one student ratio. She also combines instruction with generalization training through wonderfully planned field-trips within the community; to enable each child to become familiar with their surroundings. She applies her extensive training in applied behavior analysis, and adopts "discrete trial" training from its founder Dr. Ivar Lovaas. She continues researching on the biological causes of autism and provides information to parents on nutrition, diet and alternative approaches to healing autism.
The center is based on a "team-family-centered" approach to healing which combines the many disciplines necessary to healing the child and family. The team consists now of 35 special education teachers and training, 2 music therapists, a full-time speech therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, nutritionist, social worker and pediatrician at an alternative location.
Additionally, the center hosts bi-monthly parent support group meetings as well as an array of guest speakers and training courses for the family.
In September of 2000, The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism & Alternative Approaches, Inc., met the requirements to become a full-time private school and was awarded scholarships from the State of Florida estimated at over $160,000. Eleven children diagnosed with autism could now attend her newly formed school! Currently the State has made available funds for 3% of the Special Education population in Florida to acquire scholarships. Unfortunately The Carrie Brazer Center could not accommodate more than these 11 students due to space restrictions. Additionally, 3 other students are privately enrolled for full-day school. Currently there are over 150 students on the waiting list.
The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism & Alternative Approaches, Inc. staff and board members also dedicate much of the private time assisting in fundraising for Autism Research. In November 2000, The Carrie Brazer Center was one of the 10 sponsors for the first walk-a-thon of its kind for Autism research. All proceeds went to the NAAR foundation, The National Alliance for Autism Research. The Carrie Brazer Center had over 250 participants on their team walking on November 4th and raised nearly $20,000 for research. No other therapy center or school made quite the same effort or impact on Autism research as had The Carrie Brazer Center.
Future Fundraising plans for The Carrie Brazer Center include hosting a "PECS" (Picture Exchange Communication System) seminar for 200 professionals and parents, as well as hosting a national conference to provide parents with the latest research in alternative approaches to healing Autism. The conference will host guest speakers including nutritionists, neurologists, behavior analysts, music, speech massage and occupational therapists as well as psychotherapists and parent support group sessions.
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