Daniels Academy is designed for students who have struggles in academic or social settings due to learning differences.
These differences are most commonly labeled:
- Nonverbal Learning Disorder
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Attention Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD or PDD NOS)
For years Daniels Academy has explored and adopted the best therapeutic and educational practices for our students. This evolution has resulted in a rich heritage of serving the ASD population. Over time, we’ve learned that no two students in this audience are alike. As a result, we focus on individualized care.
We honor and encourage the unique strengths and talents of our students
Daniels Academy combines a nurturing residential environment with an interactive project based academic program supported by specialized therapy for students and their families. All aspects of the Daniels Academy program are created and implemented with our Four Pillars of Development in mind.
- Social learning
- Emotion and mood regulation
- Executive functioning
- Daily living skills.
Through consistent community interaction and involvement Daniels Academy supports the development of our students through these Four Pillars.
Using our safe predictable and homelike environment, we introduce a variety of new coping skills for our students to learn and practice. Then every day we spend time in our local community and surrounding areas to practice and generalize these new skills sets. Caring and professionally trained coaches, therapists and teachers help support these moments of learning and development.
The Four Pillars of Daniels Academy are:
Social Thinking skills – coined by Michelle Garcia Winner, Social Thinking is “what we do when we interact with people—we think about them.” How we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions. Often the students we support have limited skills in this area which has impacted much of their social understanding and social life. Daniels Academy supports the development of these social thinking skills in our students through many of Michelle’s strategies. These include but are not limited to teaching our students: How their social minds work - why they and others react and respond the way they do, how their behaviors affect the way others perceive and respond to them, and how this affects their own emotions, responses to and relationships with others across different social contexts.
Emotion and Mood Regulation skills – For our students, effective emotional regulation is best described as, the ability to regulate or respond to an experience/situation in a manner that is socially tolerable or acceptable. Often our students have used poor coping skills to manage their emotions and mood. This can look like, but is not limited to, social withdrawal and/or isolation, avoidance of challenging situations, opposition and anger, technology abuse/dependence, depression, obsessing or perseverating over situations or routines, poor hygiene and self-care, and rigid thinking and behavior.
Executive Functioning skills – Executive function are mental processes that help connect past experiences with present actions. We use executive functioning every day to help in planning, organizing, reasoning and self-regulating, managing time and space, and paying attention to and remembering the details we experience. Though our students are often very intelligent, issues in their executive functioning have impeded their success in their school performance, their relationships and their day to day management of their time and themselves.
Daily Living skills – Daniels Academy supports the development of several different living skills which can be placed on two different categories. Below is a partial list of skills we help develop.
- Basic Daily Living skills consist of self-care skills such as:
- Hygiene, nutrition and food preparation, laundry and appropriate dress for occasion.
- Instrumental Daily Living consist of daily living skills which support our students in healthy living independently. These are skills such as:
- Shopping, managing money, housework and general repair, and appropriate use of technology.
Every day we provide SEED Moments for our students to practice these four pillars in our home, in our school and in our community. SEED Moments are moments where the Daniels Academy team supports our students’ development through authentic life experiences similar to their environment at home. We know our students will be returning to their community at home and the more authentic treatment moments with us creates more success when they return home to you.
Examples of SEED Moments are attending school in the Daniels Academy school building directly in the community, interacting with our community at our community recreation center and fitness center, service opportunities at animal shelters and recycle centers, shopping at local stores and restaurants, attending local events and happenings and international travel.
We believe that by providing the correct supports and developing the right compensatory skills, our students can and will be successful in their academic and life goals.
If you feel like your son can benefit from our support and skills development of these Four Pillars through our SEED moments we encourage you to reach out and talk with our Admissions Director or complete our online application now and our Director will contact you shortly to help support through this process.
For more information, please contact our Admissions Director, Sean Haggerty, MSW at (801) 425-5155 or email
For our online application, please click >>HERE<<.