FAQ

What are your hours?

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 2:00pm

Where are you located?

The Learning through Play Center for Child Development is located at 633 West Addison in Chicago’s east Lakeview neighborhood.

Pyramid Early Learning Center is located at 3048 N Milwaukee in Chicago’s Avondale/Logan Square neighborhood.

Our HIPAA-compliant mailing address is PO Box 47949 Chicago IL 60647

How do I know which services are needed to help my child?

Our clinic offers an initial consultation at no charge to parents. During this consultation, you will meet with a developmental therapist to discuss your concerns for your child and your goals for his/her academic and developmental progress.

An initial assessment will be conducted based on clinical observation as well as parent interview to determine your child’s strengths and needs.

The clinician will discuss typical developmental milestones in cognition, language, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, typical sensory integration and regulatory status. You will get a clear understanding of how children learn through play, observation, and exploration– and how atypical development can impact a child’s ability to learn and acquire skills.

During this intake process, we will need to ask questions about your child’s medical background. If needed, we may refer you for further medical assessments such as a hearing or vision screening – establishing your child’s vision and hearing status is essential before starting any therapy services.

What is your payment policy?

This clinic is an approved PPO agency with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois and our therapists are accepted BCBS providers. We will bill BCBS directly for services rendered to your child/family but you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductible expenses.

If you are covered by any other insurance provider, fees must be paid at time of service.

We accept Aetna, Humana, and several other insurance companies and we are happy to bill these insurance companies directly, however a pre-payment system must be set up prior to services being rendered. Several insurance companies require pre-approval and we are happy to work with families to get your fees covered and reimbursed by your insurance provider.

Direct therapy service rates vary depending on therapy provider. Please call us directly for more information at 312-458-9865.

What is your cancellation policy?

We would appreciate 24-hour notice before canceling therapy sessions. If provided, we will work with you to schedule a make-up session for your child.

If you miss a group session, we hold a “make-up” week following the 10-week session during which you can make up for missed classes.

If your child is feeling ill or has a temperature, please do not bring him/her to class or to therapy sessions. Please be considerate of the other children’s health. Also, therapeutic interventions are not effective if your child is not feeling well. We understand that families’ schedules are not always flexible and will work with you to obtain the best results for your child.

How does Pyramid differ from other centers in the area?

Pyramid Early Learning Center offers a unique approach that blends various therapeutic approaches (e.g., ABA, DIR/Floortime, PLAY Therapy, MultiSensory Approach) depending on individual child’s personality, strengths, and needs. The focus is on stability—motor, speech, social, sensory, and regulatory—to help children transition to and succeed in a classroom setting.

We focus on the concept of learning through play while concentrating on the individual interests of the child and extending their natural play to incorporate learning in a manner which is enjoyable for them. 

This provides our little learners with a wider spectrum of education which will prepare them for entering the traditional school environment.

Who might benefit from this program?

Pyramid’s program is intended for children ages 2-6 years old that need extra support navigating their sensory world, engaging in meaningful peer interactions, and succeeding in a classroom setting. The goal is to transition these children to a typical elementary school classroom.

In addition, an intensive ABA classroom is available for children who would benefit from half-day or full-day of Applied Behavior Analysis with added opportunity to interact with peers in a more typical setting and with the goal of transitioning them to the main classroom.

What professionals are available to help?

The program is run by a speech therapist with “push-in/pull-out” therapies available throughout the day. Classes provided a 2:1 student: teacher ratio. Daily therapy available as needed include speech therapy, occupational therapy, feeding therapy, behavioral therapy, physical therapy, and intensive ABA therapy. Students have access to intensive socialization dyads and social groups, therapeutic modalities such as Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening, and a well-equipped Sensory Gym. Case managers are assigned to each family as we strive to build partnerships with our parents and encourage them to have an active role in their child’s education.

Why are low teacher/child ratios important?

Low ratios of children to teachers are associated with more intensive and productive teacher/child interactions as students receive more individual attention, more extensive and complex language, and more complex play.

What is the daily schedule? (early drop off, late pickup, lunch?)

Pyramid offers flexible hours and days. Your child is welcome full days Monday-Friday or on a part-time schedule based on family needs. We also offer early drop-off and late pick-up
The typical daily schedule includes Sensory Gym Play, Hello Circle Time, Yoga, Rest time, Garden/outdoor play (weather permitting), Art / table activities, Academic Group where different pre-academic subjects are covered, and Music Group. Each week has a theme across all activities.
We do have space available for lunch but ask that parents provide lunch for their children. We will have daily snacks (organic, gluten-free available) in both the morning and afternoon group. If your child is a picky eater you can take advantage of our experienced feeding specialists (SLPs) who are certified in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) and Beckman Oral Approach to Pediatric Feeding. Home-based collaboration with the SLPs is encouraged to ensure carryover of feeding skills and positive feeding behaviors.

What are your rates?

Our rates vary by student therapeutic needs as well as schedule. We discuss rates at the initial consultation prior to enrollment. If you’d like to schedule an initial consultation, please call us at 312-458-9865.

How do I know which services are needed to help my child?

Our clinic offers an initial consultation at no charge to parents to discuss your concerns for your child and your goals for his/her academic and developmental progress. A formal evaluation is required for enrollment and will determine your child’s strengths and needs and provide therapeutic recommendations.
The clinician will discuss typical developmental milestones in cognition, language, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, typical sensory integration and regulatory status. You will get a clear understanding of how children learn through play, observation, and exploration– and how atypical development can impact a child’s ability to learn and acquire skills.

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