Connections is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school in Palm Beach County, Florida, that serves students with autism and related disabilities. Since opening our doors in 2015, we've grown from 22 students to more than 120.
Our campus is home to a charter school for children ages 3-14 plus a private high school and vocational center for students ages 15-22. In addition, we house an adult program where young adults with autism can continue learning and working toward self-sufficiency.
We believe all students and people with autism deserve access to quality instruction, therapies and care so they can achieve their full potential.
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We Teach the Way Students With Autism Learn
Our school days include adaptive academic instruction following evidence-based strategies in classrooms with a low student-to-staff ratio for effective learning.
Students also benefit from targeted therapies such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and/or behavioral therapy delivered by certified, experienced therapists.
Coached Community Integration
We extend the learning through community experiences where students develop skills they can use to better connect with their families, peers and community.
Community experiences help our teens and young adults learn important skills for everyday life — safely crossing the street, riding a bus, waiting in line at the supermarket. We have developed partnerships with several organizations to enable this instruction.
Leveraging Technology to Enable Learning
We leverage state-of-the-art technology to empower our visual learners to gain and express knowledge.
Our nonverbal students are equipped with technology that can help them communicate with peers, family members and the community.
Health, Wellness & Aquatics Program Teaches Important Life Skills
A hallmark of Connections is our Health, Wellness & Aquatics Program featuring a water safety and swimming program that combats the No. 1 cause of death for kids with autism -- drowning.
Our students take a 1:1 lesson each week with a trained swim instructor who's experienced in teaching children with autism.
This program also gives students the opportunity to learn about kitchen safety, healthy eating, fitness, functional leisure and more.
Experience has shown that families are an integral part of our students' learning process. We collaborate with parents to design the best plan for their child and to enable families to reinforce learnings at home and in the community.
We're also a resource to parents and families in times of need. We know that when families are strong, children learn better.