LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Sense-Ability School has been in the works for over two years, and the doors will open and classes will begin before the end of 2017! We have moved into a new building at 1220 17th Street South in Great Falls. We have room for several classrooms, a kitchen, an auditorium, counseling offices, a quiet room, a library, and a sensory room. We have a teacher ready to go. We are currently making the changes necessary to meet City zoning regulations, which will help ensure the safety of students and staff.
Our students will have been diagnosed with Autism or other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Each classroom will have up to four students with each having a behavior specialist who will be provided by Youth Dynamics Incorporated. The individual education will be guided by a teacher with a special interest in serving this population. Classes will be year-round with periodic vacations. Each day will have academic focus in the mornings with the afternoons devoted to life skills classes, social skill building, art, music, and Equine Facilitated Therapy.
Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis is a most effective treatment model for children with Autism; a professional certified in ABA will direct individualized programs for our students. Mental health therapy is available, and our goal is for physical, occupational, and speech therapy to be available at our center. We want to prepare children to return to public schools.
Sense-Ability School is a private school which is part of Sense-Ability, Inc., a non-profit organization. Classes will be funded by tuition, grants, fundraising, and donations; all donations will be tax deductible. Tuition is $21,000; we can help parents find scholarships and fundraising ideas. There will be a limited number of volunteer opportunities in exchange for tuition. Sense-Ability, Inc. is seeking donations from generous supporters to provide scholarships funds. We want to help make this education available regardless of family income while still maintaining a quality education.
Students are currently being evaluated by professionals to determine how best to provide a positive learning environment for the individual child. Partnering with parents is a vital part of this educational environment.
Sharon Altschwager, LCPC