Primary: Age 3 – 5 years
The Early Intervention program aims at providing the stimulation that the absorbent mind requires. The goal is to achieve pre-requisites to academic learning. The fundamental task of the child during this phase of conscious absorption is intellectual development and freedom. The child’s mind compels him/her to sort through, order, and make sense of the information he/she unconsciously absorbed. The child learns through Play, Art, Sensory Activities, and a structured environment.
Preparatory : Age (6-10)
The function of the Primary Years is for the child to learn through all senses.
The Primary Years Program focuses on building academic skills, group skills, motor development, basic computer skills, work skills, communication and daily living skills. Instruction is given in a structured environment in one-on-one and in group settings. We focus on physiotherapy which is an integral part of the educational program of a child on the autism spectrum. We have the services of a dedicated physiotherapist who provides tailor-made inputs through a variety of activities which include the Domains of Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Sensory Processing (for those with Hyper/Hypo Sensory issues), Play, Leisure, Cognitive, Motor (Gross and Fine) and Social participation.
Pre-Vocational: Age (10-18)
The pre-vocational program aims at transition from academic learning to functional applications by focusing on each student’s inherent strengths and building confident young adults. Structured activities directed towards vocational training help build the prerequisite skills needed to transition to the vocational training unit.
Life Skills Training( skills like grooming, housekeeping, cooking and serving which can be translated into activities in their daily life, Functional Academics( reading and math is taught in the context of the activities the students are engaged in), Computer Literacy (typing and introduction to Microsoft Office applications and exploration of creativity) and Independent Work Skills (being able to complete tasks without any adult supervision) all become important part of the pre-vocational program.
School Readiness Program
The School Readiness program is 6-month program allowing students to build the pre-requisite skills needed to transition to the full- day school programs. The program teaches classroom readiness skills including, following a class routine, understanding transitioning, toilet routines, self-help skills and communication.
Our multi-disciplinary approach
Speech and Language Domain is one of the main deficits of individuals with autism.Our speech therapist first diagnoses and then assesses best ways to improve communication thereby making it possible to enable the child or individual express his/ her needs, feelings and experiences effectively. Those who are non-verbal may be given alternate modes of communication such as Picture Board or Picture exchange Communication Systems. The use of Augmentative and Adaptive Communication Tools like Avaz provides a voice to our students, enhancing Communication and Expressive Language.
Creative Movement Therapy (CMT), also known as Dance Movement Therapy, is an alternative therapy through personal body movement. The classes focus on building imitation skills, instruction following and is a vehicle for sensory integration.
Occupational Therapy is an integral part of the educational program of the child on the Autism Spectrum. We have the services of a dedicated Occupational Therapist who provides tailor-made inputs through a variety of activities which include the Domains of Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Sensory Processing (for those with Hyper/Hypo Sensory issues), Play, Leisure, Cognitive, Motor (Gross and Fine) and Social participation.
One of the drawbacks of children on the autism spectrum is the lack of joint attention. Therefore, expecting children to listen to and respond to group instruction- whether it is jumping or exercises, is almost inconceivable. Sports helps with sensory learning, language (taking instructions and expressing), motor development, game Skills for recreation, eye-hand and spatial awareness and stimulation of ocular development, to name a few. Outdoor play and games are an inherent part of the student’s day at Bubbles Centre for Autism (BCA)