ABOUT ACT SCHOOL
ACT School is an education program offered through NMTSA, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. For 35 years, NMTSA has been committed to the use of best practice approaches and to the continuous review of research related to neurologic impairments (autism in particular), education, and communication.
NMTSA staff members maintain communication with a variety of individuals involved in autism research, and follow the most current information on brain-research related to autism and other movement regulation disorders. NMTSA and ACT staff then utilize the standard, evidence-based practice model of integrating clinical findings and patient report/values with the most current empirical research evidence available.
Educational Program Development
ACT (Assuming Competence Today) School was conceptualized in August 2005, by incorporating empirical findings from an intensive summer therapy program, Kris’ Camp, and 35 years of clinical experiences working with persons with autism. ACT was approved as a private day school by the Arizona Department of Education in February 2007 (certified to serve students in grades 1-12) and began providing its elementary education services on February 5, 2007.
Although 2007 was the first year for the ACT educational program, this classroom model had been used successfully in recurring Kris’ Camp therapy programs since 1995. Additionally, the corresponding treatment philosophy had been implemented by NMTSA therapists for over 28 years.
ACT School Mission
ACT (Assuming Competence Today) is committed to helping individuals receive an appropriate education and achieve rich and meaningful relationships with confidence and independence. To this end, ACT School strives to
Expose students to grade level academics
Teach students how to accept and provide sensory support necessary for them to have functional movement in their everyday lives
Teach students how to functionally communicate in a variety of ways, including universal and individualized methods
Successfully transition students to a general education classroom at a school in their home district
Teach and train district staff on the philosophy and methods used to properly support the student in the classroom
Teach families of students with autism how to help promote independence through appropriate individual communication and sensory support at home and in the community
ACT School Vision
To provide school-aged individuals with autism, their families and support team, with the tools needed to successfully transition into the general education setting, while providing exposure to grade level curriculum and accomodations to support their sensory and communicative needs.