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NSU’s Mailman Segal Center Names New Director

Avrilio Moumoutjis - Baudhuin School 1FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) recently  announced that Avrilio Moumoutjis, Ph.D. has joined the Autism Institute as Director of the Baudhuin Preschool.

Dr. Moumoutjis, known as Dr. Avrilio, has more than 15 years of experience in early childhood education and in the education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Most recently, he was a Special Education Program Specialist for the Mount Diablo Unified School District in Concord, California, a suburb of Oakland and San Francisco.

Dr. Avrilio’s academic training includes an undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston University, a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College and a doctoral degree in developmental psychology from Yeshiva University in New York City. He holds both an Education Specialist and Administrative Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

“Dr. Avrilio will be an exciting addition to the highly professional and committed staff at the Baudhuin Preschool,” said Susan Kabot, EdD, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of MSC’s Autism Institute. ”We are confident that Baudhuin’s nationally-acclaimed model will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

The Mailman Segal Center’s Baudhuin Preschool, located on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University, is an internationally recognized, model program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program is offered in partnership with the School Board of Broward County. Collaborative opportunities with other NSU departments in academics, research, and clinical work enrich the educational experience for the children in the program and NSU’s  undergraduate and graduate students in numerous fields of study.

The Baudhuin Preschool program is built on the belief that each child is unique in ability, talent and learning style. The program supports the qualities and capabilities of each child. Designed for children three years of age through pre-kindergarten, this therapeutic program focuses on cognitive, social-emotional, adaptive, behavioral, motor, and communication skill development within a relationship-based environment.  The curriculum provides each child with choices, challenges, and opportunities that nurture feelings of competence, promote intellectual growth, and enable each child to achieve his or her potential.

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About NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development: The Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) is one of the nation’s largest and most highly-respected, comprehensive early childhood demonstration and training facilities. MSC showcases best practices in the fields of early childhood education, family support, and parenting education. It fulfills its mission through direct services to families and children, development and implementation of early childhood education and training programs, research, community outreach programs, and advocacy. The integration of its programs within NSU’s wider community of higher education supports the commitment to quality program delivery and positions MSC to embrace future trends in the fields of early education and advanced study. For more information, please visit http://www.nova.edu/humandevelopment or http://www.nova.edu/humandevelopment/autism/.

 

About Nova Southeastern University:   Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 24,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the  largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu.

 

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