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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: To provide intensive instruction in a supportive environment designed to improve communication skills and therefore quality of life for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.

Results: Mariposa provides intensive individualized instruction to children with autism, targeting a broad range of educational, behavioral, speech, social and motor dysfunctions, in a single integrated setting. The teaching methodology we use has been scientifically validated and is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. Special attention is given to the factors that motivate each individual to learn. Through the practice of daily measurement of progress towards individual goals, the educational team, consisting of the program director, lead instructor, instructor(s) and parents are kept abreast of the student’s progress. Data analysis allows the team to make dynamic changes in each student’s program in order to achieve maximum progress. Intensive one-on-one interaction occurs between each student and his or her instructor to provide continuous opportunities for the children to learn new skills throughout the day. Students may also spend scheduled time in group activities when appropriate. As part of the individualized plan for each student, opportunities are also created to teach students how to interact with peers in order to acquire, practice and generalize appropriate social behaviors. The goal for the students is to learn to communicate effectively, become increasingly independent, interact appropriately with others, and enjoy their learning experience.

Target demographics: The Mariposa School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. The age range of our students is 18 months to 12 years old.

Programs: The Mariposa School offers a verity of programs ranging from one-on-one, after school and summer social butterflies, track out, and consulting. Our one-on-one is offered 5 days a week full day, as well as 5, 3, or 2 day a week half day, and after school. Our social programs range from our track 4 track out program to our summer social butterflies and after school social butterflies programs. Details about each program and cost can be found at www.mariposaschool.org.

Community Stories

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son started the Mariposa School, he was 5 years old, and a handful . My son could only screm, point to things he wanted, he was not potty trained, and had never attempted to sign or say mommy or Daddy.

Within 2 weeks of being at the school , my son was potty trained and already learning sign language to talk. He was happy and more cooperative at home. He started sleeping through the night as well.

The teachers and staff are very family orientated and willing to help you with anything. Our son was there for 2 and a half years and learned so much. We are forever grateful for the school and staff. They will always be part of our family.