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5 Things That Can Help You Stay Calm During an IEP Meeting

2017-08-16T12:49:36+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Academy360, Spectrum360|Tags: , , , , |

For me, staying calm equals winning. When my son was younger, I could easily be close to tears before I even walked into an IEP meeting. Many of us know what an emotional rabbit hole this journey can be, and as parents, we are coming from a much more vulnerable vantage point than the Principal, Director, teachers, [...]

Exploring Nature at the Essex County Environmental Center

2017-08-15T10:57:32+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Categories: Academy360, Spectrum360, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Every July I look forward to Academy360 Lower School’s middle school students and staff of returning to the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland, NJ.  They visit as part of their Extended School Year program, and this was our ninth year together experiencing the natural environment in our wetland forest.  There are several different classes which [...]

Ask the BCBA: Tips for Enjoying the Summer Break

2017-08-07T10:09:54+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Academy360, BCBA, Independence360, Spectrum360|Tags: , , , , , |

Summer vacation… for many of us, this means fun, free time, and relaxation. However, for an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder, summer vacation can be a very difficult time of year. As we all know, many of our learners and children do best in an environment with a lot of structure, routines, and clear cut expectations. Additionally, [...]

How We Spent Our ESY!

2017-08-08T09:05:45+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Academy360, Spectrum360, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

While our Extended School Year (ESY) program provides our students with continuity during the July, our schedule is a bit more relaxed and we vary the routine to take advantage of some fun summer activities.  From swimming to hiking, to our annual and much anticipated S360 Sports Day, we use the ESY opportunity to help [...]

In the CulinaryAcademy360 Kitchen: Summer Zucchini Noodles, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

2017-08-07T10:55:27+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Academy360, CulinaryAcademy360, Independence360, Spectrum360, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Welcome back to our CulinaryAcademy360 Kitchen! We hope you came hungry to learn more! In our last two posts, we previewed two diverse meals that suit quite different cooking capabilities and tastes. While one was rich and decadent, the other was simple yet packed with Asian flavors. Now that we’re in the thick of summer and [...]

Speaking About Being an S360 Speech Intern

2017-07-25T12:12:11+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Categories: Academy360, Spectrum360, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

As an undergraduate in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program at Bloomsburg University, my goal is to become a Speech Pathologist. My choice of major is a personal one. Growing up with a brother who has autism, I saw how speech therapy positively impacted his life and the progress he made. I chose to intern at [...]

Improving Speech Through Video Feedback : Dominic Before and After

2017-07-19T16:21:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: Academy360, FilmAcademy360, Spectrum360|Tags: , , , , , |

When I first met Dominic it was immediately obvious that he has natural charisma. He has an easy smile and enjoys interacting with others. He is very direct, he’ll tell you honestly what he thinks, but he is never judgmental and always polite. Dominic has a playful look in his eye and a quick wit. I [...]

Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Pays It Forward

2017-07-31T10:46:45+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Academy360, Development, News, Spectrum360|Tags: , , , , , |

For young adults on the spectrum, the opportunity to work with younger students is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem. Through Peer-to-Peer Tutoring offered by Academy360 Upper School’s Community Based Work Experience program (CBWE), they can do just that! Peer-to-peer tutoring has been run by the CBWE for six years, bringing older students into [...]

‘Walk For a Lifetime’ Is An Incredible Success

2017-05-31T10:07:12+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Academy360, FilmAcademy360, Independence360, Spectrum360|Tags: , , , |

Almost 800 of Spectrum360’s family and friends turned out on Sunday, May 7th, for the 5th annual “Walk for a Lifetime,” held at beautiful Verona Park. “This year's Walk for a Lifetime was an incredible success!” commented Diane Berry, Director of Development.“Perhaps equally important as the money raised was the wonderful sense of community we experienced [...]