About Autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), encompasses a wide range of individuals with varying degrees of challenges with social and communication skills resulting in the expression of maladaptive and repetitive behavior. Children with autism who have unique strengths and challenges often require an individualized education approach.

According to the CDC, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children with diagnostic symptoms appearing as early as age 2. There is no single known cause of autism, however with early diagnosis and intensive intervention at leading facilities like The Victory Center, developmental outcomes can significantly improve.

Research holds the key

Ongoing and cutting-edge research is essential in changing the future of autism.
At the Victory Center, we collaborate with local universities to promote research
across various areas including genomics of autism, advancements in therapeutic
technologies, and behavior intervention. Research outcomes are then shared with
the academic community on the national and global stage through professional
presentations and publications.

The importance of Early Intervention

Numerous studies have shown that Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) has been demonstrated to produce large gains in development such as IQ, language and adaptive behavior as well as the reduction in the continued need for special education services. EIBI consists of 20 to 40 hours per week of individualized instruction for young children with autism either in a classroom or home setting. The Victory Center offers 20 to 30 hours per week of EIBI to children ages 2 years and older in a classroom setting, year-round.

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About ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree. A core practice at the Victory Center, ABA can prove extremely valuable in providing customized solutions that help our students learn and maximize their potential. We apply the information gained through behavioral analysis to understand and solve problems as well as to reinforce positive behaviors that are of social relevance to our students and their families.

 

The Victory Center

The Victory Center, Inc. is a Florida-based, 501(c)(3) non-sectarian nonprofit corporation that provides children with autism and related disabilities comprehensive individualized treatment. It was founded in 2000 by Barry and Judi Nelson, the parents of a child with autism who found themselves frustrated by the lack of appropriate educational opportunities for their son. After trying public schools and private schools, they found the only effective program was Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In 2011, The Victory Center became accredited by the AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council.

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Why We’re Different

We focus on comprehensive individualized programs with a 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 student/teacher ratio, in a classroom setting that is unique in Southeast Florida. Most children with autism and their families do not have access to tailored, research-based programs.

We provide intensive therapy based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), in particular those associated with B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior. This form of therapy is typically provided to children with autism in home-based programs. ABA is a scientifically proven, systematic approach to the assessment, treatment and evaluation of behavior, developing functional life skills, nurturing a greater command of language, and decreasing maladaptive behavior such as self-injury and aggression.

The Victory Center combines this highly effective intensive training with frequent opportunities for facilitated social interactions within its own classrooms or with the typical preschool on campus. Progress is measured at regular intervals and our daily goal is to help our students and their families reach their highest potential.

  • Full day, year-round school program
  • Rolling enrollment (Join any time of year!)
  • Providing ABA in a classroom setting
  • One-to-one student/teacher ratio
  • Rated among the Top Schools for Autism in U.S.

Our History

The Victory Center was founded in 2000 by Barry and Judi Nelson, the parents of a child with Autism who found themselves frustrated by the lack of appropriate educational opportunities for their son. After trying public schools and private schools they found the only effective program was Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) conducted one to one. With the encouragement of their friend, Dr. Michael Alessandri, the Director of the University of Miami Center For Autism and Related Disabilities, the Nelsons formed a Board of Directors, established a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, located space and opened with four students.

Today, the center has grown to include five programs: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI), Pre-Academy, Academy, the Vocational Program, Summer Program and Respite/Community Programs which include Aftercare and weekend activities. In addition to the 1:1 student/teacher ratio, The Victory Center has implemented both 2:1 and 3:1 student/teacher ratios, enabling more students on the spectrum to receive educational services.

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Autism Research

The Victory Center is uniquely positioned to conduct research on autism and ABA interventions through collaborations with local universities. Several studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national ABA conferences. The Victory Center has served as a research site to evaluate the following topics:

  • Effectiveness of video prompting strategies for teaching individuals with autism
  • Response Redirection research
  • Functional analysis of variables influencing prompt dependent behavior
  • Effects of Differential Reinforcement on Independent Responding in an Early Intervention Classroom
  • Progressive Ratio Schedules to Increase Functional Play

View a list of The Victory Center’s published research

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