Core Program

Students attend the core program as a full-time educational option. This program runs from 9AM to 3PM five days a week (September through June) and fosters the development of functional skills which are so important to enhance the quality of life in our students with profound motor and other complex challenges. It encompasses all the needs of children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders in a trans-disciplinary program at one location. All developmental areas are addressed: academic, gross and fine motor, speech, communication, social, emotional and self-help.

Unique to Avalon is the integration of movement education into all classroom activities, with the intent of enhancing motor-abilities in the real-world. All students are encouraged to be as independently and safely mobile as their motor abilities allow. Mobility modes vary according to ability and include canes, walkers, power wheelchairs, body scooters, and rolling techniques. In particular, students are not confined to wheelchairs for most of the school day. Instead, specially adapted seating is preferred for classroom activities. Students also participate daily in a floor-based group movement program to further facilitate motor-skill development. Additionally, all students routinely benefit from assisted rides along the local Bayshore Trail on specially adapted tricycles.

The academic curriculum uses the California State standards in Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Students are provided access to all aspects of the core curriculum which is adapted to suit individual special needs to optimize learning for each child. Students have access to augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications.

Development of social skills is also considered a key goal. Meal-times are social occasions in which all students participate regardless of whether they eat independently, dependently or via a gastric tube. The wider Avalon community regularly gets together to celebrate special occasions (birthdays, holidays, etc).

Students from two local middle schools periodically visit so that Avalon pupils have the opportunity to interact with able-bodied children. The students participate in a variety of activities, both indoor (such as art and cooking projects) and outdoor during tricycle rides. This ‘reverse integration’ has been extremely successful and popular with both the visiting and Avalon students.

Community Access Program

The community access program (CAP) is also open to motor-disabled students who attend other schools for their academic education. This program is non-academic with an emphasis on recreation, communication and community outings. The CAP takes place twice a week after regular school hours.

Summer Program

The summer program runs Monday through Friday for 6 weeks during July and August. It follows a similar format to the core program but with additional recreational-movement activities. Special events take place frequently, such as dance workshops, visits from the local zoo, swimming party etc. Typically developing siblings can attend periodically, providing an excellent opportunity for integration.The summer program runs Monday through Friday for 6 weeks during July and August. It follows a similar format to the core program but with additional recreational-movement activities. Special events take place frequently, such as dance workshops, visits from the local zoo, swimming party etc. Typically developing siblings can attend periodically, providing an excellent opportunity for integration.

Workshops / Private Lessons / Consultation

PARENT AND CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS

Avalon holds periodic workshops for parents and caregivers. A variety of topics are explored, such as handling techniques to better manage the care of our students at home. Lifting techniques are also demonstrated to help protect caregivers from associated musculoskeletal injuries. Avalon plans to expand these workshops and become a leader in the field of caregiver training.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Avalon also offers private movement-intervention lessons as well as Functional Synthesis lessons in the Anat Baniel Method® for children of all ages, regardless of enrollment in the regular school programs.

CONSULTATION

As a specialist in cerebral palsy and related motor disorders, Avalon provides training and consulting services to school districts and their staff. We offer support to classroom teachers, special education teachers, inclusion specialists, OTs, PTs, SLPS, APE specialists, and instructional assistants. We also assist school districts with assessments of orthopedically-impaired students and in the development of appropriate IEP goals and objectives.

The Avalon Academy has provided training and consultation services to School Districts and other specialized motor-development programs in other states. Due to logistics, out-of-area services, however, are provided on a limited basis

Enrollment

The admission process at Avalon is designed to ensure that there is a suitable match between the educational and developmental services offered by the school and each potential student’s individual special requirements. School visits, interviews, on-site assessments and review of reports are all part of the admissions process.

To find out more about enrollment procedures, please e-mail Kinga Czegeni atkinga@theavalonacademy.org

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