Our Full Day Alternative School Program
follows the Dade County Public School Calendar with some modification.
Our unique, intensive Speech and Language based program centers
completely around each child's individual goals both cognitively
Children experience 7 hours of intensive,
hands-on educational training, behavior
modifciation and cognititve sensory
based activities. As they make "Leaps
and Bounds" building their confidence and self-esteem,
they also learn to socialize and interact in small group settings.
We provide a 1:1 teacher/student ratio for those students who need
it. Our classrooms have small teacher to student ratios staffed by Special Education teachers with vast
experience in integrating many various therapeutic programs for
children with Autism and other developmental delays, and one highly
trained teacher assistant per classroom.
Having small ratios
each class enables us to provide individualized instruction and
meet each child's individual goals. Children who require a smaller
teacher-student ratio may opt for 3-7 hours
of additional one to one therapy per day.
Our program is based on traditional Applied
Behavior Analysis (ABA) method, yet we integrate various
practices and have adopted many approaches to teaching, which include:
The Pyramid Approach to learning,
whereby reinforces play a key role in motivating
the child to learn.
The Picture Exchange Communication
System (PECS) to increase
expressive communication for those who need it.
Dr. Ivar Lovaas' approach
to teaching receptive and expressive language
through discrete trials while tracking data.
Dr. Stanley Greenspan's well
known "Floor-time Approach" to
enhance play and interaction.
Additionally, music therapy plays a key
role in our program to promote and enhance expressive language through
song, while teaching children to make requests, follow directions,
share, take-turns, and increase joint attention skills.
Additionally, social skills training
is taught through community-based instruction on our wonderfully
stimulating weekly field-trips, such as: swimming,
sailing, and horseback riding. These help children to become
aware of the community in which they live while promoting generalization
of each new skill learned.