Supplement virtual school and hybrid programs with safe face-to-face learning for ages 3-6! This program gives kids the opportunity to continue to build social foundations and classroom etiquette in a small, safe group environment.
The program includes two 30 minute parent meetings (at the beginning and end of the program) with individualized goals and an individualized letter of recommendations to educators for supporting school success in their upcoming or current classroom.
STAR Institute's school readiness program is designed to enhance your child's skills and build on their strengths to prepare them for a school environment. Our goal is to provide a supportive, therapeutic group program that allows your child to build confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness, and maintain the regulation they need to transition to the school setting.
Through play, semi-structured activity, and built-in routines, your child will have opportunities to engage in activities that develop social skills, listening skills, respect, teamwork, communication sharing thoughts and ideas, following directions, completion of tasks, and the ultimate understanding of feeling great, being a part of a group and learning what it is like to be in a multi-sensory classroom environment.
Targeted skills addressed in school readiness include participation in circle time; toilet training and hand hygiene; self-regulation during transitions including separating from parents; participation in snack time; fine, gross, and visual-motor skills; communication basic needs and self-advocacy skills.
Our occupational therapists have extensive training in sensory integration approach and the DIR/Floortime methodology, both of which focus on the child's capacity to regulate and communicate. In addition to the goals above, our ultimate goal of the school readiness program is to be joyful because learning, playing, and growing is FUN!
This program helps with:
- Difficulty separating from parents
- Potty training difficulties
- Frequent meltdowns
- Difficulty socializing
- Lack of independence
- Delayed play skills and other milestones
- Communication and advocating
- Delayed fine motor and visual perceptual skills
- Building cognitive and physical endurance for the school year
- Identifying supports and accommodations for the classroom setting