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A school readiness program tailored for children requires a specialized approach that considers their unique strengths, challenges, and developmental needs. The program aims to prepare them for a successful transition into a school environment by focusing on a combination of foundational skills. 
Here's an outline of key components that our school readiness program for children might include:

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Communication Skills

  • Focus on improving both receptive (understanding spoken language) and expressive (using language to communicate) communication skills.

  • Incorporate strategies like visual supports, picture exchange systems, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods.

Social Skills Development

  • Teach basic social skills, such as eye contact, greetings, sharing, and turn-taking.

  • Use structured activities to facilitate interaction and practice understanding social cues.

Daily Routine Preparation

  • Help children understand and follow a daily routine, using visual schedules and cues to provide predictability and reduce anxiety.

Independence Skills

  • Focus on self-help skills, including dressing, toileting, handwashing, and eating independently.

  • Incorporate activities that promote fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Pre-Academic Skills

  • Introduce foundational math and literacy concepts through hands-on activities, visual aids, and interactive play.

  • Use concrete materials to teach basic counting, shapes, colors, and letter recognition.

Sensory Regulation

  • Teach sensory self-regulation strategies to help children manage sensory sensitivities and maintain focus.

  • Incorporate sensory breaks and activities to support sensory integration.

Behavior and Self-Regulation

  • Introduce basic behavior management techniques to help children understand expectations and follow rules.

  • Teach  self-regulation skills, such as identifying and expression.

Transition Preparation

  • Familiarize children with common school routines, such as lining up, circle time, and transitions between activities.

  • Create a structured environment that mirrors a classroom setting.

Play Skills

  • Foster play skills by teaching imaginative play, sharing, cooperative play, and engaging in parallel play.

  • Use play-based activities to enhance social interaction and functional communication.

Parent Involvement

  • Train parents about strategies used in the program so they can reinforce learning at home.

  • Provide resources and guidance on how to support their child's development.

Communication and Collaboration

  • Establish open communication with parents, therapists, and educators to ensure a collaborative approach to the child's readiness for school.

Inclusive Environment

  • Create an environment that respects and supports individual differences, fostering a sense of belonging.

Individualized Approach

  • Tailor the program to each child's unique needs, strengths, and challenges, allowing for personalized support with a Individual Education Plan .( IEP)

The 3 hour Afternoon School Program is  comprehensive and well-rounded, addressing a wide range of needs for children This approach considers multiple domains of development and provides a holistic educational experience. 

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