Whom We Serve

Special Connections Academy offers a 1.5:1 or 1:1 student/teacher ratios, making our program highly individualized.

We serve students ages 5 to 21 that are not able to appropriately access education and/or important socio-emotional skills in traditional educational settings.

Our students may be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder  among other related developmental disabilities.


We might be a right fit for your child if he/she has difficulty with one or more of the following areas:

  • Making sense of gestures and words
  • Non-verbal or lacks language to communicate effectively
Cognitive Ability and Academic Skills
  • Learning new skills
  • Learns concepts but not able to apply them in different or new ways in the real world
Sensory Processing and Regulation
  • Remaining calm and/or reacting adversely to sound, lights, touch or other sensory inputs
  • Getting stimulated enough to carry out a task or remaining attentive
  • Accepting and/or understanding discipline
  • Aggressive or self injurious behavior
  • Repetitive or self-stimulatory behavior
  • Difficulty with age-appropriate social skills
  • Getting basic needs met (dressing, grooming, feeding, toileting etc.)
  • Needs support for most daily activities
  • Lacks preferred or independent activities
Building Relationships
  • Interacting with caregivers and peers
  • Initiating an interaction or sustaining eye contact
  • Establishing friendships
Motor Planning
  • Clumsy or fearful movements
  • Effectively plan to complete motor activities
  • Imitate movements or gestures
  • Poor fine and gross motor skills
  • Following multi-step instructions
Enjoyment, Well Being and Self-Esteem
  • Anxious or uninterested
  • Does not show enjoyment in school or at home
Every child can learn, just not in the same way.