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Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Get to Learn What it’s like to be a Rocket Scientist!
November 21, 2013 @ 12:00 am| Free
The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism students are rocket scientists!
Guillermo’s Queris classes are studying inventions and their current project is learning about rockets. The students watched in awe, excitement and glee as they took turns blasting “soda bottle” rockets into space.
Since 1999, The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism has provided cognitive training and educational therapy to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities from birth through adulthood. The incredible staff works collaboratively to develop individualized programs for each child.
The students are becoming better able to communicate with their teachers, classmates and family through augmentative communication devices such as the iPad. Physical education Therapeutic horseback riding is offered as part of the fall/winter physical education program and swimming instruction takes place in the spring.
Community based instruction and social skills training are provided through regular field trips to local attractions like the zoo, bowling, skating, children’s museum, etc. The older students are learning life skills and vocational training skills to help them become more independent.
Instruction and therapy continues throughout the school day and after school. The Center is are open even when school is closed! Programming continues on Saturdays, teacher work days, and most holidays. Winter, Spring and Summer Camps take place 2 days a week at aquatic locations like the Hammocks Nature Center and the Biscayne Nature Center or sailing with Shake A Leg. Exciting on-site activities and field trips are scheduled the other 3 days.
The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism has two locations in the South Dade area. The Kendall Center, at 8790 SW 94th Street, serves students from birth through age 12. The South Dade Center, located at 16905 SW 100th Avenue, is the middle school and high school as well as the adult vocational center. The older students at the South Dade Center are learning vocational and life skills. These students range from higher functioning individuals who are capable of learning job skills and seeking employment to lower functioning, non-verbal students who are learning to be more independent and learning simple self-help skills.
Another demonstration of shooting bottle rockets into space will take place at our Open House, on Thursday, 11/21/2013 at 10:00 AM.