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Our mission is to provide individualized education that addresses unique learning styles, cultivates independent thought, and promotes the building of character, enabling our students to contribute to their communities in meaningful and positive ways. We believe learning is maximized in an environment enriched with support and encouragement, using an integrated curriculum that promotes the development of the whole brain-body system. We believe that every child has the ability to learn, grow and achieve independence. We are dedicated to serve our students with the understanding that diversity is a strength to be respected.
The Next Step Academy is a day treatment program that is specially designed to meet the educational needs of individuals with developmental delays, specifically individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We offer an environment that combines effective therapeutic approaches with traditional educational methods in a dynamic and innovative way. Our program uses the Integrated Developmental Educational Approach to Learning(tm) (IDEAL(tm)) model to design and implement effective intervention programs that address the needs of the child at every level of development to produce significant and lasting social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral changes. Our program combines multiple therapeutic approaches, functional life skills, and traditional educational areas in an individualized treatment program that is customized for each of our students. The individualized nature of our program, including small class sizes (max of 6) and small child to teacher ratios (1:1 or 2:1), provides the support our kids need to get to the next step in their developmental process. This approach is unique to NSA and the benefits can be observed in the progress that is made by each of our students. Focusing on the development of the individual as a whole, and addressing the needs of the mind, body and spirit, children with Autism are able to learn and grow in ways that were once thought impossible. NSA is committed to providing a diverse and challenging learning environment that assists our students in achieving their greatest potential.