The Power of "Yet"

I went to Google today and searched for the term, “Growth Mindset”, one of our Core Values at Black Mountain Academy. Nearly 20 million results came up. The term, which has taken the world of education by storm, has come into our everyday vernacular for good reason. With every passing day, evidence builds that how people … Continue reading “The Power of “Yet””

Black Mountain Academy's Sarah Shoemaker & Aaron McGinley to Present at Southeast NATSAP Conference

Black Mountain Academy is proud to announce that Academic Director, Sarah Shoemaker, and Program Director, Aaron McGinley, have been selected to present at the upcoming Southeast NATSAP Conference. Recognized as leaders in their field, Sarah and Arron are looking forward to sharing their knowledge base with conference attendees. If you will be attending the conference, … Continue reading “Black Mountain Academy’s Sarah Shoemaker & Aaron McGinley to Present at Southeast NATSAP Conference”

The Strengths & Limitations of Level 1 Autism

By: Brandon Moffitt, MA, LPC As I reflect upon the last year and a half of developing and opening Black Mountain Academy, I have been struck with how much we continue to learn about autism. Research, personal memoirs, and popular media continue to expand what is an ever increasing understanding of a complex neurodevelopmental disorder … Continue reading “The Strengths & Limitations of Level 1 Autism”

The Loving Push: An Interview with Temple Grandin

Aaron McGinley, program director at Black Mountain Academy, recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Debra Moore about their new book, “The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults (2016).” We find the book’s message about the importance of compassionately guiding students on the Spectrum to … Continue reading “The Loving Push: An Interview with Temple Grandin”

Setting CHOW Goals

For students, developing skills around goal setting is an important component of increasing motivation, achievement, and self-regulation in both academic and social settings. At Black Mountain Academy, we support that character has as much to do with student success as academics, and we hold high standards for both. Every week, students set personal CHOW (Character … Continue reading “Setting CHOW Goals”

A New Year and a New Opportunity to Serve Others

By: Brandon Moffitt, MA, LPC With the holiday season firmly behind us, and a new year of possibility ahead, all of us at Black Mountain Academy have recently spent time reflecting upon how we are contributing as citizens in both our local and global communities. In an effort to embody our core value of citizenship, … Continue reading “A New Year and a New Opportunity to Serve Others”

TEDX video from Our Program Director, Aaron McGinley, M.A.

We are excited to present a TEDX video from Our Program Director, Aaron McGinley, M.A., on the topic of Autism, Technology, and Social Skills! Aaron’s career has been filled with highlights exploring the relationship between Autism and Technology. Past accomplishments in this area have included webinars on Cyberbullying, multiple workshops and presentations on Video Game … Continue reading “TEDX video from Our Program Director, Aaron McGinley, M.A.”

An Introduction to Mindfulness at Black Mountain Academy

“CREATING A CULTURE OF MINDFULLNESS” Sarah Shoemaker Years ago, when I was first learning how to practice mindfulness, I had the false impression that I was going to empty my mind when I closed my eyes. If you’ve had an experience like this, then you may have walked away from it thinking, “Well, that’s not … Continue reading “An Introduction to Mindfulness at Black Mountain Academy”

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