The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism specializes in serving children diagnosed with classical Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social and communicative disabilities, including Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning autism, and nonverbal learning disabilities. Our program consists of highly structured, consistent, cognitive and community based instruction based solely on the principles of positive reinforcement through the school and camp curriculum. The Center strives to meet each child’s educational and behavioral goals. Individual programs are designed to meet the specific educational, developmental and emotional needs of each child and family.
The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism’s education program provides a full day, twelve month program for students starting at the age of three. We have an early intervention class for young students aged 3-5, and a primary class with students aged 6-11. These classes provide intensive 1:1 behavioral intervention services; pull out therapy and social skills group training.
With a multidisciplinary team of professionals including Behavioral, Music, Speech, Occupational
and Physical therapists and Certified Special education teachers, The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism provides a wide range of learning opportunities that foster growth in all essential areas. This integrated educational and therapeutic program promotes communicative, behavioral, academic, motor, adaptive, independent living skills and social and emotional development.
About our Campus at Bet Breira
The children will have access to a beautiful playground, soccer field and basketball court on the Beautiful Bet Breira day school campus. The synagogue is spectacular and state of the art. The temple always welcomes new members.
Shabbat and Holiday services and Judaic studies programs will also be available to Jewish students.
Birth to 5 Years
Our “Early Steps” program is a unique One to One learning setting and is designed to provide early intervention for children from birth to 5 years old. Our unique, intensive Speech and Language-based program centers completely around each child’s individual goals — both cognitively and behaviorally. Children experience one to four hours of intensive, hands-on, educational training, behavior modification and cognitive sensory-based activities.
A certified behavior therapist will design a specific program for each child consisting of one to one Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. Parents have a choice of three options from 2 to four hours a day for the school year.
Ages 3 to 6 years
The “Leaps & Bounds” program is designed to provide early intervention for children ages 3 to 6 years old in a classroom setting. Emphasis is placed on Communication, Social skills training through Music therapy, speech and Sensory integration Therapy.
A wonderful collaboration of therapists including: a certified elementary teacher and a behavior therapist along with our staff music, speech and occupational therapists will design a specific program for each child for the school year. Parents have a choice of options which include half day, full day, or half day plus 1-4 hours of intensive Speech and Language-based ABA therapy. Classrooms incorporate social skills training, and TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autism and Related Communication Handicapped Children) methodologies In addition to academic classes structured for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Our program provides intensive language based Communication training. Communication is vital whether it is in the form or oral language, body language or via use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or an Augmentative Communication device (the Chat PC). At the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism; our collaborative team of Speech therapists will work closely with teachers to design the right program for your child. Speech therapy, in conjunction with music therapy and cognitive and behavior modification, focuses on increasing receptive and expressive language skills by using a variety of techniques to enable the special child to communicate within his or her environment. It is our mission to assist each child in becoming as independent as possible, not relying on others to communicate his or her wants and needs. Children who acquire auditory processing and use of some type of language such as PECS are able to communicate functionally in daily living situations.
Sensory integration also plays an integral part in each classroom setting. In conjunction with our on staff occupational therapists children will develop skills to appropriately interact with the world around them. Our sensory integration therapy helps decrease social and emotional problems as well as distractibility. When children have an over-sensitivity to touch, movement, sights or sounds, we help regulate the basic senses through a variety of activities such as rolling in mats tightly and providing gentle joint compression to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles by using firm pressure, massage and brushing. We teach postural control and motor initiation through jumping on trampolines, moving through obstacle courses, hopping, skipping and alternating movements, as well as bouncing on therapy balls, swinging and much, much more. Children enjoy awakening all of their senses in our sensory room adjacent to the classroom.
Children will participate in Music Therapy groups 3x weekly in all our school programs. Studies have shown that music therapy can actually increase intellectual and creative development. Through structured, goal-oriented music therapy experiences, children often improve receptive and expressive language skills. They develop social skills, learn self-help skills, and refine their sensory and motor skills. Non-communicative children are often able to become actively engaged in music experiences and can practice building relationships with others through musical interactions. During music therapy, children are engaged in activities that are designed to promote social and emotional learning. Music therapy groups are especially effective in providing practice of learning skills necessary for effective learning in typical classroom settings including following directions, making requests, turn-taking, sharing and joint attention skills. Our program is especially designed to offer the widest possible range of sound and rhythmic experiences for children.
Children are encouraged to sing along and play instruments, whistle, clap, stomp, chant and dance to favorite songs.