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The Paragon Approach

The Paragon Model emphasizes a low student-to-teacher ratio to allow for the focused attention your child needs. Paragon’s approach stresses high expectations in all areas from academics and social behaviors to personal conduct and values.

True academic and social success is possible with proper support in and out of the classroom. This is the core component of the Paragon approach to preparing students for life. At Paragon, support comes in a variety of forms:

Experienced & Dedicated Staff

Recruiting staff of outstanding quality & experience is essential to our approach.

Paragon’s teachers and therapists have an average of 11+ years of experience working with students on spectrum, and 7+ years of experience working at Paragon.

Our teachers are dedicated to ensuring every child who comes here is able to succeed. They truly love what they do - and it shows!

Integrated Teaching Methods

Our approach is based on integrated methods that reach far beyond academics. 

While academic growth is a core focus of our program, we give equal value to other areas of development. 

The social and emotional growth of a child on the spectrum is of huge importance - the development of communication, positive behavior and conduct, and strong personal values is a high priority at Paragon.

We genuinely strive to educate the whole child!

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios truly matter.

Every child gets the level of personal attention he or she needs and deserves. At Paragon, there are eight to 11 students per class with an average student-to-teacher ratio of just over 5:1. This ratio is frequently even lower for reading and math instruction.

We strongly believe that small instructional groups are critical to our students’ success!

Multidisciplinary Behavior Approach

At Paragon, there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to behavior.

Each student has unique needs behaviorally, and we work to ensure that each student’s needs are met. This means using a multidisciplinary approach to behavior that best suits each student. Some of the behavior methods we use include, but are not limited to:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (commonly referred to as ABA) - uses evidence-based teaching techniques to increase helpful behaviors and reduce behaviors that are harmful or interfere with learning. ABA therapy has been shown to improve communication, social and vocational skills.1
  • Humanistic Therapy - emphasizes a student’s capacity to make rational choices and develop to his or her maximum potential. Concern and respect for others are also important themes.2
  • Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory - students learn from role models whose behavior they wish to emulate.3
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - proposes that more basic needs must be satisfied before it is possible to meet higher needs.4
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - students learn to identify the thoughts that are causing the feelings or behaviors they want to overcome and then learn how to replace those thoughts with more helpful ones.5

We take the time to evaluate your child’s needs and give him or her the tools needed to thrive!


Sources:

1. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/autism
2. https://www.apa.org/topics/therapy/psychotherapy-approaches
3. https://www.apa.org/monitor/oct02/theory
4. https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/lessons/secure/emotion-1-2
5. https://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug05/cure

 


 

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