By Sharon Aron Aron
Two organizations are partnering to offer children and young adults access to comprehensive education and behavioral health services in one Coral Springs location.
Members of the local community gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new Atlantis Academy Coral Springs and Early Autism Project (EAP), Inc. clinic on Thursday.
“Atlantis Academy, in partnership with Early Autism Project, will provide children and young adults throughout our area coordinated, seamless and client-centered services,” said Patricia Giner, Director of Education and Community Outreach.
The ribbon cutting event attended by Coral Springs City Commissioner Lou Cimaglia and included remarks from Mark Claypool, CEO, ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education; and Atlantis Academy graduate Jeremy Kaufman.
Kaufman, the technical director and on-air talent for radio station 97.9 WRMF in West Palm Beach said, “Several years ago, I was enrolled in Atlantis Academy’s summer school program and would visit the on-campus television studio. This experience motivated me to enroll at Atlantis Academy full time, where I became a student leader in the television production class. Atlantis Academy opened my eyes to an industry I love and inspired me to pursue a career in media and broadcasting.”
Guests at the ribbon cutting toured Atlantis Academy, which includes 11 classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, a media center, and media/broadcasting classroom. The Early Autism Project Clinic includes a colorful, therapeutic play area with skill building games, books and computers.
Atlantis Academy is a school for students who have learning difficulties or who struggle in a traditional school environment, and EAP is a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for autism and related disorders. Atlantis Academy and EAP are ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education companies and share a passion for helping students and clients reach their full potential.
For the past 40 years, Atlantis Academy has provided students, kindergarten through grade 12 or up to age 22, with highly effective and individualized teaching programs that allow them the opportunity to discover their strengths and unique learning styles. The Coral Springs campus was established in 2001. Atlantis Academy also offers its Living Independently with Fundamental Experiences (L.I.F.E) Day Program, which teaches young adults over the age of 18 with varying abilities skills to live more independently in the home and workplace. The unique partnership of Atlantis Academy, L.I.F.E. and EAP provides a full range of high-quality educational and therapeutic programs in one convenient location in Coral Springs.
Tuition scholarships are available for Atlantis Academy and L.I.F.E. program students through the Gardiner Scholarship and the John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program.
Giner said, “Early Autism Project has a team of highly experienced therapists and the company is one of the most well-respected providers of ABA therapy in the country. We share a a social mission for offering our families, students and clients hope through a continuum of services from early childhood into adulthood.”
For more information contact Atlantis Academy located at 11411 NW 56 Drive Coral Springs (954) 752-7571 or Early Autism Project at (888) 227-7212 x3203.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.