School Age Programs
Children’s Autism Center is proud to offer non-graded elementary school programs offering ABA therapy in a classroom-like environment. Additionally, our after school program affords learners the opportunity to receive ABA therapy without disrupting outside public or private school hours.
Non-graded Elementary School-Age Program
Learners in our non-graded elementary school-age program benefit from having an individual ABA therapist with them at all times while also taking direction and following instructions from our master’s-level certified classroom teacher. In addition, learners benefit from group instruction and intensive individual ABA therapy sessions that occur throughout the day. As with all programs at CAC, an experienced behavior analyst oversees each child’s program and progress in the non-graded elementary school-age programs and ensures goals are being reached and meaningful growth is evident.
Providing a classroom setting that employs the principles of ABA allows our learners to practice critical classroom/group skills that are pivotal to success in various group settings. Skills our learners work on include:
- Following a daily schedule
- Following group rules and expectations (sitting in seat, raising hand, requesting bathroom breaks, following verbal instructions/directions, etc.)
- Transitioning to/from a variety of settings and activities
- Participating in group activities both preferred and non-preferred including arts & crafts, Handwriting without Tears group, snack, recess, and lunch
- Social and communication skills with peers and teachers
Many learners enrolled in our non-graded elementary school-age programs will transition from the classroom setting directly to our center-based one-on-one ABA therapy sessions at 1PM when CAC’s non-graded elementary school-age program ends.
After-School Programs & Social Skills Groups
For some children, combining learning in a traditional public or private school setting and attending 1:1 private therapy produces the brightest outcomes. CAC works with families and schools to create therapy schedules that allow for children to come into the center for part of the school day, or after school hours. In addition, CAC provides support to families by attending special education planning and ARD meetings with the family as well as email and phone consultation and support with school staff.
Learners in our after-school programs will have the same quality individualized programs of our learners in more intensive programs. Social skills groups are integrated into our after-school programs where learners tackle various projects, missions, and games by working together and solving everyday problems in a group setting. Important social skills addressed include:
- Social communication skills: conversation training (initiating and joining conversations, listening and responding skills, reciprocal conversation exchanges, appropriate topics, etc.
- Interpreting non-verbal social cues: eye contact, body language,
- Emotion regulation: appropriately expressing both positive and negative emotions and learning to demonstrate cognitive flexibility
- Perspective taking
- Building and maintaining friendships
Developmentally appropriate programming may include self-help/life skills and community based skills including:
- Self-help skills such as tooth brushing, face-washing and other hygiene related skills
- Independent skills such as cooking, cleaning and other household chores
- Community based skills such as grocery shopping from a list, paying for items, ordering food at restaurants, etc.