A Wonderfully Different Educational Experience
When Brandon & Lee Ann Francis opened Kids World Academy they had one main goal in mind. "There are very few private schools for children with special needs and we are a place for kids of all abilities. It's the integration of typical peers and special needs kids that gives Kids World such a unique environment.
When children with disabilities are surrounded by only other children with disabilities they never learn normal behavior. Having typical peers in the class helps every child grow and makes them more compassionate towards each other.
This private school is in Taylorsville Utah and it is set up to make every child feel instantly at home. Brandon Francis earned a degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Utah and his Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in K-12 special education from Grand Canyon University. For the last 14 years, his focus has been working with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Kids World Academy offers a low teacher to students ratio which allows each child, both special needs and typical, a good deal of one-on-one time with a teacher each day. Kids World Academy also uses a collaborative effort between the teachers and parents to address the specific educational needs of each child. Kids World Academy offers preschool, half/full day kindergarten, and 1st through 6th grade classes.
Kids World Academy also knows that it is not uncommon for special needs children to also require a special diet. In those cases, the school offers an appropriate alternative snack or lunch.
Several teaching methods are incorporated in the daily routine at Kids World. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a method used to teach children with autism who are often quite capable of learning. The SCERTS Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports) maintains that everyday activities contain the most meaningful learning experiences during childhood. Both methods are found in practice at Kids World Academy. This private school also includes music therapy, drum therapy and American Sign Language.