One of our amazing staff members, Michael Shashaty, had the pleasure of traveling on the Autism Cruise over the summer. Prior to this summer, I had never been on a plane. Before that, I had visited only a handful of states. Traveling was not something I envisioned myself doing, and certainly not to another country. Autism has provided me with many blessings in life: a career, friends, colleagues and a purpose. A few weeks ago, I found myself on the most breath-taking island in the world, swimming alongside fish in crystal blue lagoons and conversing with people [...]
As the 2019-2020 school year begins, we were excited to start with positives messages to our students and will continue with the positives as the year goes on! The B.E.S.T Academy Staff members came together to create some beautiful chalk art to give our students special welcome back messages. The children enjoyed seeing the chalk art as they entered both the front and back of the building. We welcomed some new staff members and students the start of this school year. We are very happy to see everyone back and can not wait to see the great things we [...]
B.E.S.T. Academy is excited to introduce the newest addition to their Motor Lab: 3-tiered lycra hammocks! These hammocks are designed to provide students with opportunities for both sensory and gross motor input. From a sensory perspective, the hammocks provide deep pressure as they gently hug the student and vestibular (movement) input if the student chooses to gently bounce or swing. Students also receive input to their muscles and joints as they climb between the tiers. The hammocks are also a quiet, calming spot with reduced visual and auditory stimuli. In just the first few days of school, [...]
Students have been hard at work since March creating masterpieces for this years art show! Family members and friends of students were invited to attend and see the artwork they put together. This year's projects challenged students to use a variety of mediums such as clay, chalk, yarn, and other different textiles to create different works of art. After a gallery viewing session, students were able to perform in a talent show. We are very proud to have such talented students! Visit our website to learn more [...]
BEST Academy's 2019 Prom was a wonderful evening of dancing, laughter and great memories!
Amy Farmer, Education Director at B.E.S.T. Academy, recently wrote an opinion piece in the The CT Mirror entitled "Helping Students With Autism Reach Their Goals." "While our students might interpret the world differently, their thoughts, fears and hopes are no less important. It’s part of our job to ensure they reach their goals. Our students aged 18 to 21 are about to enter the real world. That can be very scary to the families we serve. To help our students prepare, we encourage participation in our Transition program, which provides the opportunity to gain real jobs skills while working for [...]
On Thursday, March 14th, our school will proudly wear green to support World Kidney Day! Learn more about World Kidney Day on their website today.
Melissa Dirzius, Special Education Teacher & Art Teacher I began volunteering with special needs students in my High School Child Development Center. I had considered several other fields as I continued my education — psychology, Social Work, BCBA but found they did not quite provide me what I needed. In the end, I found that the combination of the creativity of programming and assessing our students, along with the personal time spent educating each one individually, allowed me to see their little victories were exactly what I wanted. There is [...]
WFSB Eyewitness 3 visited the B.E.S.T. Academy in Wallingford, CT to learn more about Milo, a robot designed to assist students with autism. Milo is being utilized at B.E.S.T. Academy to help students with greetings, staying calm, and how to speak to other people.“The students engaged are making rapid progress, they're remember their skills from the lesson before. They're able to use them.” –Kyli Jones, social worker at B.E.S.T. AcademyThe story and video were published by WFSB Eyewitness 3 Read full article and watch the video
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