Atlas School honors and embraces students' unique minds, spirits, and voices. Empowered communication and respect for student's passions and abilities ease them into rich social and emotional relationships and experiences. Self-identity, growth and joyful engagement join with academic learning and choice-driven community integration to aid students in pursuit of their own life goals and happiness.
The Atlas School is a non-profit, non-public school serving children and young adults aged 7-21 years diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A truly individualized full-day educational program is developed for each student. The program uses a multi-strategic approach, data analysis as well as evidence-based and cutting-edge interventions and techniques. Core to every student's program is their social-emotional development and deepening of communication skills. The school's curriculum, the Atlas Map, addresses the whole child in a comprehensive manner and involves working with students across all areas of development. We place a heavy emphasis and top priority on communication as it is integral to every other portion of a student's life and is the cornerstone to lifelong social learning. With an effective means of communication, our students can engage in a limitless number of interactions where they will learn about the world, other people and themselves.
Atlas School assesses students across all areas of functioning and development and expertly crafts a program that combines various elements of each model with Event, adaptive experiential coursework and functional quality of life skill development.
Atlas School will further endeavor to support other approaches encompassed in the students' home programs such as Rapid Prompt Method™ (RPM) or the Son-Rise Program™ when proven to benefit students. Should the family and school team agree it enhances the confidence, learning and communicative ability of the student any element or model will be carefully considered as empowerment and voice are the school's greatest priorities.
A beautiful song about children with autism written by Amanda Friedman and performed by Crucial Bridge.
This song is for the angels of the world...
The Atlas Foundation For Autism is honored to be featured in the "Meet The Directors" section of the January 2015 issue of Big Apple Parent Magazine!