Therapeutic Kindergarten Program
Monday through Friday
8:30am – 1:30pm
West Loop Extended Day Sessions Available
8:00am – 4:00pm
*After school club and ABA available 4:00 – 5:00pm
Northcenter and Wheaton Extended Day Sessions Available
8:00am – 5:00pm
What goals are worked on during the kindergarten program?
After a comprehensive evaluation, you and your team will work together to build functional and meaningful goals for your child. In addition, your child will be assigned goals aligned with the Blue Bird Day Hierarchy of Skill Development ©, a systemized approach to target abilities across all areas of development to promote growth and learning. We believe that as skills developed at each level build to create meaningful participation in daily life and a transition into the school environment. If your child is moving from the Blue Bird Day preschool program, they will continue to work on their hierarchy goals in the same order when they move into the kindergarten program. For those children that begin Blue Bird Day at the start of Kindergarten, their therapy team will work to assess and baseline skills within the hierarchy so that there is no delay in identifying their skills and areas of need.
What other services compliment the kindergarten program?
Your child’s team will work with you to determine the best plan for your child. Individual, social group, and home sessions are often recommended. These sessions are aimed to help your child fine tune skills with individual attention, generalize skills with peers or help you manage a behavior at home. Those enrolled in our Kindergarten Program, typically do a combination of social skills groups and individual clinic sessions, however these are dependent on the team recommendation.
What happens after kindergarten program?
The overarching goal of Blue Bird Day is that our children graduate into the least restrictive social and learning environment that best meets their needs. For some children, that means transferring to their local school while other children may benefit to continue an intensive approach such as Merlin. Your team will work with you throughout your last year at Blue Bird Day to ensure that the transition to your child’s next school is seamless and appropriate. Our therapists are available to participate in IEP meetings, school observations and any other support your family may need. In addition, our therapy team is available to provide after school therapy sessions as part of your transition to ensure an even smoother and supportive transition for your family.
Starting at Blue Bird Day:
- Tour Blue Bird Day Facility
- Q&A with Director
- Play Date with Child Development Specialist
- Multi-Disciplinary Team Evaluation
- Behavior Evaluation with Board Certified Behavior Analyst, if Applicable
- Individualized Intensive Therapy Service Plan (IITSP) Meeting
- Individualized Schedule Created By Blue Bird Day Team
- Start Blue Bird Day Services!
- Semi-Annual Progress Note/Report and Team Meeting
- Annual Evaluation/IITSP to Review Progress
310 N. Loomis Street, Chicago, IL 60607
1921 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618
140 E Loop Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189