The Sonder Academy | A New Approach to Learning
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About Us

What is The Sonder Academy?

A private school seeking mindful innovative solutions for children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder by implementing educational, therapeutic, and family support programs.

Our Vision:

Our program seeks to be a global resource for innovative, research-based tools and solutions for children impacted by ASD.

As the Co-Founder and President of Education Monique Todd heads up a team of exceptionally talented and experienced individuals.  Ms. Todd has experience as President of several educational corporations that provided direct educational services to over 20,000 families each year. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and has two Masters Degrees in Education, Administration and Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Monique is a published author of an award winning curriculum, “Brain in a Box”. Monique is an experienced grant writer and college professor. Monique moved to Florida from California in 2013. Above all else, she is a proud wife and mother to six children. 
“I love working directly with students and their families. The Autism community is very family-like. The struggle to support one another and find the right resources for our kids is an important cause. These children inspire me and I am honored to be a part of their lives.”

Our Approach

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of The Sonder Academy is to provide each student with an individualized program designed to meet the student’s needs as an exceptional learner in accordance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The goal is to enable each student to utilize the potential that he/she possesses to become a well-adjusted contributing member of society. We believe that each student, regardless of exceptionality, is entitled to this opportunity in the least restrictive environment.

The Sonder Academy staff will utilize a variety of methods, strategies, and resources to motivate our students. To enhance the program, teachers and teacher assistants are involved in ongoing education regarding teaching innovations, educational research and teacher effectiveness. Our credentialed teachers are continually being trained in scientifically-proven instructional strategies. Progress monitoring is being implemented in math and language arts areas to ensure that students make appropriate progress. It is essential to work closely with parents to provide cooperative support between the home and school which will enable to student to achieve success.

ABA Therapy

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.

(Source: Autism Speaks)

Education

We believe in creative solutions on a pathway to great endeavors! Our team is child centered and will academically challenge our students using a wide variety of curriculum, pedagogical methods and tender loving care. We provide an educational program that meets each child where they are, and seeks to develop individualized skill programs. We have a team approach with dedicated educational specialist, teachers, classroom aides, individual aides as needed and parents.
Together we work to support our students on their path to lifelong learning.
We implement quality programs in the following areas:
  • Hand on learning activities
  • Literature based instruction
  • Enrichment classes, such as art, physical education, gardening and technology.
  • Social and emotional growth
  • Sensory action gym
  • Life skills and safety classes
  • Small class sizes with a ratio 3:1 or 1:1 as needed

Core curriculum includes:

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science

The 2018-19 teaching staff of The Sonder Academy exceeds the minimum requirements of “Teacher” defined by the FDOE. Our staff education levels are as follows:

Administration:

Master of Arts Education, Administration

Master of Arts Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Doctoral Candidate: Educational Leadership

Teachers:

Master of Arts, Teaching

Master of Science in Profound & Complex Learning Disabilities

Master of Arts, Education

Master of Science with Concentration in Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

Bachelor Degree with 10+ years of special education experience.

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Contact Us

For more information please contact us at info@thesonderacademy.com

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