Our Mission Statement To transform the lives of children, including those with autism and other special needs, and prepare them for learning and life skills through the application of the State of Florida applied behavior analysis program and the incorporation of self-contained and integrated classroom instruction and all related services. To ensure that every client becomes engaged in observation, learning and responding with an emphasis on language, communication, social and play skills and the development of independence.
Our Vision Statement At Agape Enrichment Center, we believe that every child deserves the best education possible to prepare them for the world beyond the classroom. We believe that Bridges ABA is the path to that preparation and the foundation upon which our work on behalf of the children we serve rests. We believe in a learning environment that fosters and focuses on language acquisition and use, social skills development and the importance of play within a warm and caring setting that celebrates and encourages both individual growth and participation as part of a greater social community. Through the application and programs set by the state, we work with all aspects of a client's development to form a total program that provides for optimal growth and improvement, believing that every client can, will and does learn in their own unique way of post school and independent living.
Program Philosophy The Agape Enrichment Center experience is one of active involvement. Young children learn by doing, and the AEC staff use a “hands-on” approach. Activities that are enjoyable to clients help to maintain their interest and provide an effective backdrop for learning. All segments of the day provide an intensive focus on the development of speech and language. The AEC environment provides many opportunities for verbal expression using specific techniques such as verbal modeling and sentence expansion. Clients must develop self confidence in conjunction with language skills. It is important for children to be confident using the verbal skills they have developed. Attention is given to the development of self-awareness and self-expression. A multi-sensory approach including cooking, movement, art, music and games allow each client to respond with the full range of their language. The use of language and the development of self-confidence are facilitated by social and play activities. Social development is integrated into all aspects of the program. Client's are encouraged to play cooperatively, to engage in conversation, and to initiate and often lead group activities. Sharing, turn-taking and concern for others is continually encouraged.
The acquisition of concepts and general achievement coincide with the development of language. Small group time includes the use of a variety of materials to develop skills in shape and color recognition, number concepts, letter recognition and language concepts. Fine motor skills are developed through the use of manipulative toys such as puzzles, beads and blocks. Coloring, cutting and printing activities enhance small/age appropriate muscle development. Gross motor focuses on the development of body awareness, strength, endurance, coordination, and flexibility. Motor activities include walking, jogging, climbing, exercising, ball/bean bag games, bike riding and tumbling.
At AEC, we recognize the importance of working with all aspects of each client's development. The various areas of curriculum complement each other to form a total program which provides for optimal growth. The AEC program creates an environment that fosters language, produces positive attitudes, heightens enjoyment of the learning process and prepares the child for future educational challenges.