2022 First Look | Nova Southeastern University

31 AUTISM-RELATED PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT NSU’s Autism Institute serves families impacted by autism over their life span, including early interven- tion programs, public and private school options, college support, and support for families. Housed under the Abraham S . Fi schler Col lege of Education and School of Criminal Justice, the Autism Institute offers four programs that provide support and guidance to children with autism and their families. The Kapila Family Foundation Starting Right Program —A caregiver-and-child class for children 18 to 36 months old who have been diagnosed with—or are at risk for—autism and related disorders. The Baudhuin Preschool —An internationally rec- ognized model program for children 3 to 5 years old with autism spectrum disorder, the Baudhuin Preschool serves more than 135 children through a partnership with the School Board of Broward County. It offers clinical opportunities that immerse students in real-world experiences, in addition to myriad therapeutic and support services for children and their families, including behavioral therapy, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, AUTISM INSTITUTE and the family support program, which provides guidance and educational and support services to families of children enrolled in the preschool as well as families within the community. The Academy —A private, tuition-based prekin- dergarten program offered for children 3 to 5 years old with an autism spectrum disorder. Access Plus —A college support program for aca- demically capable students with autism spectrum disorder who are admitted to NSU through the traditional admissions process. Access Plus students receive an individualized program of support to help build their independence, support their par- ticipation across campus life, and provide the structure needed to foster academic achievement. education.nova.edu/autism-institute.html

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