Introduction to Preschool Program

The center offers classes and services tailored for children with varying needs. Our students range from children who are typically developing but need just a little support ... to children with behavioral and/or sensory challenges, social challenges (such as circle time, sharing, and following directions), diagnosis of autism or autism-related deficits, or other diagnoses and related special needs.

Limited Space Available - Maximum of 6 children per class. We provide a free initial consultation for families to determine family priorities and concerns. A global assessment of child's developmental and academic readiness is recommended prior to admission.

Please contact us as soon as possible to reserve a space for your child.

The program is designed to prepare the student for successful integration into his/her local preschool or elementary school system. Using multidisciplinary teaching strategies (e.g., DIR/Floor Time or ABA/Applied Behavior Analysis), our program strives to help students develop the skills necessary to be successful learners in typical elementary classroom settings.

 

Playgroups + Classes

 

Our therapeutic classes and playgroups were designed to help children experience separation in a gentle, supportive manner so that they can feel comfortable, have fun, and begin to learn skills in a group classroom setting — we feel that a fun and relaxed environment promotes most effective development.

Our program is unique in that these are very small and intensive classes (6 children maximum) taught by credentialed therapists with a 1-2 teacher/child ratio.

 

The groups are based on developmental progress rather than chronological age. Our teachers and therapists focus on helping children organize, attend to verbal cues, and participate in structured activities for improving skills in communication, socialization, creativity & self-expression, rhythm & movement. The classes are particularly helpful for children who may still be learning language skills or have difficulty socializing with their peers.

Fun play activities including imaginative play, art, movement, and music teach children functional communication skills, social skills, sensory organization and attention. Activities are designed and taught by experienced Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Developmental Therapists, Music Therapists, Licensed Counselors and Art Therapists.

 

 

Connecting Sounds + Senses Through Art and Music
Our classes use music and art to motivate children to participate in group activities, learn to communicate with others, and gain confidence in social situations

Music is a medium that stimulates and coordinates body and brain functions and is the most effective learning tool for children. This group will focus on having fun but families who participate can also benefit from our Music Therapist’s background and experience by learning how she uses music as a tool to develop cognitive, social, and communication skills in children.

Structured to help children function well in a classroom setting
Our classes use specific strategies to help children transition easily from one activity to the next while remaining calm and focused.

The ability to transition easily from one activity to the next helps to increase a child's sense of comfort and security in the classroom, so they can focus externally and learn more effectively from their environment.

We are also offering DYADS as an introduction to socialization for children. The Dyad model pairs two children together in a social setting set up for success. This model is especially effective for children who cannot tolerate transition or change in their routine, or for children who have difficulty in large noisy environments.

Parents are welcome to join in with their child, ask questions at any time, browse through the resource library, or chat with other parents.

Class Offerings

Let’s All Have Fun! Pre-preschool readiness group

This is an introductory class for younger children (18m-24mo) to introduce them to fun and motivating group activities. It also introduces the concept of “transitions” and following the group leader. The group is run by a child development specialist and occupational therapist and helps children with any motor planning or sensory challenges. It is also designed to help children learn how to separate from their parents gently and on their own terms.

It’s Time To….Play! Intro to transitions + circle time

This is the next level socialization group for children to learn how to use the skills they’ve mastered in the first level. It's longer (90-120 min) and includes fun group activities, such as motor play, singing, and creative toys. The fun activities are imbedded with specific strategies (e.g., visual schedule/PECS, consistent verbal cues) to help children transition easily from one activity to the next while remaining calm and focused.

Jump & Jive! Music and movement group

This group is specifically for children who need a bit more help organizing themselves and planning out their motor movements in a dynamic classroom environment. Our occupational therapist and music therapist use motivating music and movement activities as an aide for improving modulation and motor planning to give children a better understanding of how their body works and how to control and manage their motor skills.

Picky Eater ???

Group feeding therapy is a fun way for children to improve their ability to enjoy and tolerate meal times. Our speech therapist and occupational therapist specialize in pediatric feeding disorders. They intend to develop a child's perception of mealtime by introducing a variety of tastes/textures, increasing a child's food repertoire, decreasing tactile and oral aversions. This playgroup will make family mealtimes easier and more pleasurable.

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Mom/Pop+Tots Music Group

Join us for a morning of singing & play! Music is fun but also helps children build relationships with caregivers and peers. This group uses singing, movement, and play to create a joyful,playful experience for your child. This group is led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist, Karla Gidwani MTBC. Karla has a wonderful signing voice! She engages children to participate at every developmental level.

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Playgroup Schedule and Cost

 

Please contact us at 312-458-9865 or ebpr@att.net for additional information on class schedule and cost.

For specific classes, see our Playgroups page.

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Summer Camp For Preschoolers:
Speech & Language Camp, Art & Creativity Camp

 

A precursor to preschool for children ages 3 to 5.

The Speech & Language Camp is led by a Speech and Language Pathologist, Developmental Therapist, and Verbal Behavior Therapist and offers your child the opportunity to improve speech skills during class time, snack time, music time, and play time.

The Art & Creativity Camp is led by an Art Therapist, Speech Therapist, and Occupational Therapist and uses art to enhance fine motor and language skills while building self-esteem and creativity!

Fun weekly summer themes (such as Bugs, Camping, Beach, Friendship) will keep the children engaged, attentive, and interested.

 

Program Schedule

8-week program--July through August (varies depending on year)

Speech Camp — Morning Program
Monday - Thursday, 9am - 11am

Art Camp — Afternoon Program
Monday - Thursday, 1pm - 3pm

 

Cost:

Call school for details: 312-458-9865.

Application Deadline:

May 30

Small Class Size — attendance will be limited to 6 children so reserve your space early!

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Private Insurance may be accepted. Please contact us at 312-458-9865 for further information.

See also Playgroups + Classes, Therapy / Family Services and Dyads.