Our Campuses | where students go to excel
ASUA has two physical locations in Montgomery County. The Preschool and Kindergarten through 2nd grade is located on our Jenkintown campus, set on the idyllic, nature-filled, grounds of the Abington Friends Meetinghouse. Our 3rd through 8th grade program at the Annex is conveniently located in Abington on the grounds of the Center School.
Our Partnerships | what makes ASUA a unique place to learn
ASUA has a unique educational model that creates and facilitates inclusion opportunities central to our mission and programming. Inclusion opportunities are varied and highly individualized for each student’s learning path. All students have the opportunity to experience and participate in inclusion programming.
Our partnership with Center School offers a diverse and exciting menu of options for inclusion. Based on a tier structure and with a high level of individual programming, ASUA students can access inclusion with Center School in a variety of ways. Students who would benefit from intensive instruction in core regular education subjects may participate in these classes. Students who would benefit from additional social experiences may participate in specials (recess, gym, art, etc.). Our Center School partnership can provide a structure to facilitate the transition of ASUA students to least-restrictive settings. All inclusion opportunities are facilitated and supported by ASUA staff.
Abington Friends School
Our formal play partnership with the Abington Friends School (AFS) provides rich and diverse opportunities for students from both schools to engage and develop important social skills in a fun-filled and exciting environment. “Buddies” from the lower, middle, and upper schools provide weekly opportunities for students at both schools to benefit from the ongoing relationship. Our activities include thematic crafts, participation in assemblies and shows, special interest activities like a traveling farm and planetarium, and more.
Our partnership with Germantown Academy (GA) allows for students to participate in full-day inclusion on a regular schedule with grade level peers. ASUA students and their support staff travel to GA and participate in all activities, classes, and specials during their day.
ASUA partners with other local schools to provide stand-alone services to students placed in other private school settings who require specialized support.
In our commitment to building community partnerships, ASUA is establishing relationships with other area independent, private, and public schools to continue to grow and diversify our inclusion opportunities. If your school is interested in learning more, please visit our Contact Us page.
In accordance with ASUA’s commitment to building a strong community that celebrates diversity, we partner with other local institutions that give us exciting and unique access to special events, community enrichment, and more.
Our partnerships with local higher education institutions such as Arcadia University, St. Joseph’s University, Bryn Athyn College, Harcum College, and The Kinney Center allow us to welcome field placement students, student teachers, and volunteers. We also accept student volunteers, students working on senior projects, and interns from Abington Friends School, Center School, and Abington High School. Fostering these relationships allows ASUA to promote acceptance and understanding in our community while also inspiring young people to champion the cause of students with special needs.
We understand that having a child with special needs can be difficult. ASUA provides monthly parent support groups open to all families affected by this diagnosis in collaboration with Sonia Voynow, a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist. Childcare at these groups is provided by ASUA’s own seasoned staff.
ASUA provides a series of Weekend Workshops which are open to the public and are focused on providing family members and professionals information related to specific topics relevant in the Autism community. The workshops are a way for ASUA to share their expertise with the community and to make connections between families and professionals in the community.
Music Therapy services at Jenkintown are provided by the talented Linda Regan, MT of All Together Sing! Each classroom at ASUA enjoys a group session each week and students who have a particular interest in music are able to access individual sessions. Special music programs are designed for the students to perform at our yearly Mother’s Day Tea and other family events throughout the year.
Nellie’s Schoolhouse, a local not-for-profit organization, provides Dog Therapy on a regular basis. We welcome Tom Richards and his Golden Retrievers Zeke and Gus to help our students build therapeutic relationships and learn the skills necessary to interact with dogs in school, in the home, and in their neighborhoods. Skills include leash handling, safe petting skills, feeding, and learning to read body language.
Stacey Jacobson, M.Ed. provides Yoga and Mindfulness classes on a regular basis. These classes assist students with balance, strength, and endurance, while also offering the psychological benefits of improved focus, memory, self-esteem, and the reduction of stress and anxiety.