Able Academics’ Students Thrive!
by Julianna Knittel
Able Academics’ Students Thrive!
by Julianna Knittel, MA, Principal
Able Academics is a school for children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. This school blends both academic and behavior services. This meld allows students to receive support behaviorally while receiving quality educational services. Able Academics has two locations in Titusville, Florida. The Main Campus is located at 2063 Garden Street and serves student in Kindergarten to the twelfth grade. The second site is located at 5056 S. Washington Avenue. This location is dedicated to early intervention for children from two years old to the third grade. Both locations strive to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education that includes individualized education services, Specials classes, Applied Behavior Analysis, and opportunities to build upon their knowledge through our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
Students have an opportunity to participate in fun, hands-on enrichment activities. They participate in Art, Music, Life Skills, or Yoga classes on a daily basis. By offering these classes, students thrive not only in traditional academics, but also find unique ways to express themselves.
In art class, students complete a variety of art activities. Students learn about different artist throughout history and utilize their techniques to complete art projects. They’ve learned about Michelangelo and created pictures on the “Sistine Chapel” ceiling by lying under their desk to paint. They’ve learned about Jackson Pollack and made splatter paintings. They’ve also learned a variety of art techniques such as lines, perspective, and shading.
Another enrichment class is Life Skills. In Life Skills, our younger students learn how to clean up such as, washing clothes and folding laundry. They have learned to wash dishes, collect trash, and other chores to help at home. Older students learn skills to prepare them for adult life, such as balancing check books, creating a budget, and staying on that budget. In addition, they learn job skills. For example, how to complete a job application, a resume, and interviewing skills. All students also learn cooking skills and kitchen safety. Students at Able Academics cook in our full kitchen and learn to make a variety of foods. These classes prepare students live full, independent lives as adults.
Yoga classes are very beneficial for the students. In yoga class, students learn techniques to cope with frustration and how to self-regulate their emotions. They improve their fine and gross motor skills. Students learn to overcome sensory overload by utilizing calming music and low lighting. In addition, yoga allows students to become more aware of their bodies and their movements.
Students participate in music classes twice a week at Able Academics. During music classes, students learn instruments such as guitar and drums. They also learn vocal skills by singing along to their favorite songs. Through these music classes, students develop confidence and a greater self-esteem. Even non-verbal students find ways to display their musical skills and express themselves.
One of the highlights of Able Academics is its inclusion of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) activities each week. Research has shown that students with Autism often gravitate towards STEM fields. STEM activities allow students to develop their natural curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Students are provided a set of materials and given an engineering challenge. They work individually or in a small group to complete the challenge. Examples of STEM activities students have completed are building catapults using popsicle sticks, a spoon, and rubber bands, and creating the tallest tower utilizing only jelly beans and toothpicks. By completing these activities, students have learned to communicate with each other, construct a plan, and follow through each determined step.
Able Academics is a school dedicated to supporting students as they grow and find their way into adulthood. They are committed to providing quality education not only in the traditional school subjects, but also throughout their enrichment program.
To schedule a tour of Able Academics call 321-888-3020.
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