The Academy at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development

The Academy is designed to provide a private school, kindergarten; option for students who require an individualized education program focusing on social-communication, behavioral self-regulation, and independent functioning. Housed at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center, known for its programs for young children with autism spectrum disorder, the Academy builds on the expertise developed over the past 25 years and expands that knowledge to children who are kindergarten-eligible (5-years-old by September 1).

The educational philosophy of the Academy is based on the recognition that each student is unique in ability, talent, and learning style. The program supports the qualities and capabilities of each child. Designed for children three years of age through kindergarten, a high-quality, instructional program is offered within a relationship-based environment. Each child is provided with choices, challenges, and opportunities that nurture feelings of competence, promote cognitive growth, and enable each child to achieve his or her potential.

Teaching staff will use the STAR curriculum with students, which provides the scope and sequence of skills that young children targeted for this program need to develop. Skills in the areas of receptive and expressive language concepts and pre-academic concepts are taught using discrete trial teaching, while spontaneous language concepts and play and social interaction concepts are taught using pivotal response training. Functional routines are taught using step-by-step instruction until the total routine is performed independently. Kindergarten students may also use the STAR curriculum, but additional curricula may be implemented as needed for individual students.