Innovative; National role model; Unique. These are just a few of the terms professionals and parents have used to describe The Adaptive Learning Center’s Preschool Inclusion Program over the past 35 years! The Adaptive Learning Center was created in 1982 as an early intervention program by Susan Tauber.  In 1998, ALC moved to a new model as research began to reveal that the best education for children with special needs is an inclusive environment.  This new model enabled […]

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For children with special needs, an inclusive preschool program provides belonging, acceptance and developmentally appropriate practices.  By not self-containing a special needs child, especially at this early age, it enables them to learn typical development skills directly from teachers and classmates.  And in turn, their classmates also understand that differences does not mean different. Some of our Preschool Inclusion Program participants have been diagnosed Cerebral Palsy.  The Adaptive Learning Center is working to bring awareness […]

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We are so grateful for the Adaptive Learning Center! With the help of an inclusion specialist our daughter has been able to attend a typical preschool with her typical peers. This has given our daughter a great foundation for learning and set her up for success in a typical world.   Six years ago, we found out at our 20 week ultrasound that Reese would be born with the most severe form of spina bifida […]

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The Adaptive Learning Center’s Executive Director, Charles Schoen, received a letter from a parent in one of ALC’s partner preschools. Her children were not in the ALC program but had children in classes with kids in the program. This is a part of the letter expressing what a difference ALC made in her children’s lives. “Having children that attended from 2yr old to 5/6, I’ve appreciated the program. We have loved our teachers, and the […]

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The Adaptive Learning Center posted an article on our facebook page, “Looking Beyond the Autism Label.”  Executive Director, Charles Schoen, wanted to share his comments and help bring awareness to this issue in our community.  After reading this article, it hit home why ALC is so important to the community in Atlanta. It is so important for people to understand that time is the enemy of Autism. It happens that professionals can be wrong in […]

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The Adaptive Learning Center enables children with special needs to learn, play and grow with other students in preschool classrooms. We are the only organization in Georgia that fully integrates children with special needs into typical preschools – with individualized support from special education teachers. Our partnerships with some of Atlanta’s finest preschools enable children to learn and play alongside their peers in a warm and caring environment. In classes with 90 percent or more […]

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This is an amazing story about one of our students, Alice. Alice learned to walk at ALC with Ms. Regena and is pretty much nonverbal.  This story is why inclusion is so important with typical kids. It’s not just a stunt or an angle to make everyone feel good. It is a part of the magic of ALC.   Read these notes from the teachers last night. Amazing! ~ Charles Schoen, Executive Director, The Adaptive Learning […]

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“I believe without The Adaptive Learning Center’s intervention those students would not have been in a regular education classroom and be successful.” ~ Michele Brown, Teacher, Our House Damari had very aggressive behaviors and Mr. Scott worked tirelessly with us to help him apply non-violent strategies to solve problems with other students or teachers.  His behavior issues were very extreme. Academic progress for him was minimal because Mr. Scott and I had to focus so […]

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The Adaptive Learning Center (ALC) provides one-of-a-kind Inclusion Education to children with unique educational needs. Our students receive focused, individualized care from specially trained Inclusion Specialists who bring the Inclusion model into our partner preschools. This model is specifically target towards children who might otherwise not be able to attend traditional schools or benefit from early education like their peers. By contributing to The Adaptive Learning Center, you are giving these kids something invaluable: the […]

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Through the support of Stivers Decatur Subaru, The Adaptive Learning Center (ALC) has been able to expand to another preschool serving children with special needs. ALC is partnering with Frazer Center, a Druid Hills nonprofit which serves 185 children with and without disabilities in an inclusive early education program. Frazer Center has been exploring enhancements to its services for children with special needs and professional development to expand the skill set of teachers working in […]

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