The Academy Faculty and Staff at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development

The staff of the Academy meet the same high standards of all Mailman Segal Center programs. Because The Academy is also part of NSU, it serves as a training site for students in speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, school and clinical psychology, applied behavior analysis, family therapy, nursing, dentistry, and pediatrics. These students receive supervision from professionals in their respective fields. All Academy students are taught by professionals who are Florida-certified special educators or National Board Certified Behavior Analysts. These educators are supported by autism specialists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior analysts, who are licensed and/or certified in their respective disciplines.

The Academy uses a multi-disciplinary team approach whereby each class has a lead teacher serving as a generalist, plus paraprofessionals and a team of specialists assigned to each classroom. That team includes an autism specialist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and behavior analyst who meet quarterly to implement a child study process, where each student’s progress is reviewed and program adjustments are made. Team meetings are held more frequently if a student is not making adequate progress.