One of the most under utilized, yet effective treatment for autistic children is exercise! Several research studies have shown that vigorous or strenuous exercise is often associated with decreases in stereotypical behaviors, hyperactivity, aggression, self injury, and destructiveness. Free play on the playground and organized basketball and field games are also part of the after school program with emphasis on individual teaching, building gross motor skills, increasing time on task, focus and cooperation and following directions in a group. On Saturday mornings and our Camp Days on holidays and teacher workdays throughout the school year we provide three hours of intensive, hands on, educational training, behavior modification and cognitive sensory based activities from 9am-12pm. The afternoon consists of community based instruction which includes activities designed to increase fine and gross motor skills, as well as language and muscular development. Our “Super Saturday” and our “Camp Day ” programs consists of wonderfully planned, fun filled field trips from 12pm-4pm such as horseback riding, ice skating, and bowling, swimming in the ocean, and much, much more!!! This much needed program gives children a head start for the school, as they make “Leaps & Bounds” on Saturdays building their confidence and self esteem while socializing, interacting, and just having fun!
The Carrie Brazer Center offers a unique camp program for children with autism and other developmental delays. The program, “Camping by the Sea,” is held at local acquatic venues such as the Matheson Hammocks Nature Center in Coral Gables or the Biscayne Nature Center on beautiful Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne. Our specialized curriculum incorporates literacy skills, music and art therapy, physical fitness and an appreciation and understanding of Florida’s natural environment, for a science-based marine biology learning experience. Our program incorporated Crandon Beach Adventures and the Matheson Hammocks Nature Center’s environmental educational tours. The Carrie Brazer Center specializes in teaching children with autism in a structured and positive environment.
Based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, our highly trained and qualified staff work closely together collaborating their efforts. Our team includes special education teachers, and behavior technicians. We keep our teacher to student ratio small, enabling us to give each child the individual attention that he or she needs. Parents can also opt for 3:1 or 1:1 instruction for an additional fee.
Our staff will work together to develop individual academic goals and behavioral goals and objectives for each child. Our program enriches the lives of autistic children by introducing a significant reading/literacy component based on nature, with hands-on demonstrations and explorations. These activities include, but are not limited to sensory enrichment in the aquarium touch and feel tanks, walking on nature hikes, and exploring the ocean.
Another unique asset of our program is our comprehensive physical education program in which children will be engaged in organized sports and games led by an adaptive physical education teacher.
We also provide daily opportunities for free play on the playground and beaches and swimming in beautiful Crandon Park Beach’s ocean or the man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay at Matheson Hammocks Park. Additionally, we participate in weekly community based outings to various places in the local area such as the MIami Seaquarium, Sailing with Shake-a-Leg of Miami, Super Wheels Skating Center, Miami Children’s Museum, Zoo Miami and much, much more.
Children will become familiar with their own community, as well as learn to transfer social and cognitive skills taught in the classroom to the environment in which they live.