Focus On Association for Metroarea Autistic Children

by NYC Firm Schools on March 22, 2012

AMAC, or The Association for Metroarea Autistic Children, Inc., is a non-profit agency that provides services for people diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorder.

The school is located on West 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Since 1961, AMAC has assisted both children and adults to achieve their highest potential. As a part of its services, AMAC works with preschool children as well as elementary and secondary age children. They even provide an on-site evaluation of children in the home and in public schools.

The Association uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is both scientifically-based and state-approved.

The school operates year round and starts children at age 2-1/2 while working with young people up to age 21. The curriculum is individualized while maintaining a strong emphasis on academics and social skills training. Children are exposed to music, art, gym, and technology training. Children also receive speech, occupational, and physical therapy as necessary.

AMAC strives to keep the classes small so as to ensure the maximum in individualized attention. The following programs for children are available:

  • Pre-School Program
  • School-Age Program
  • After-School and Saturday Programs
  • Summer Camp

The AMAC pre-school program is nationally accredited. Faculty work with children ages 2-1/2 to 5. Most of the children who go through the program move on to mainstream education. The average class size is 8 students with 1 teacher and 2 assistants, however, a larger class and a smaller class are available and which one a student is placed in depends on the student’s needs. The smaller class is for 6 students and has 1 extra assistant; the larger class, for 10 students, has only 1 assistant.

The school-age program consists of an elementary-age program geared toward children ages 5 to 12 and a secondary-age program designed for children ages 13 to 21.

For more information about AMAC, visit the school’s website.

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