The Building Blocks program is a small group program designed for 2- to 5-year old children with difficulties in language, sensory/emotional regulation, and/or social communication development. This program is offered at two levels, Building Blocks I and II, to allow us to customize our curriculum to the individual children in each group and allow your child access to his/her best fit peers.
Building Blocks I: For 2- to 3-year old children with challenges in language, social communication, sensory/emotional regulation, and play skills. Skills developed during activities include developmentally appropriate speech-language targets, participation in group activities, and joint play skills. Class size is limited to 5 children.
Building Blocks II: For verbal 3- to 4-year old children. We focus on increasing language, social communication and play skills (particularly with peers), as well as teaching young builders about understanding and managing their emotions. Building Blocks II classes also incorporate beginning social cognitive concepts, including elements of Social Thinking™ by Michelle Garcia Winner. Class size is limited to 6 children.
Based in the SCERTS model and principles of naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention, our daily schedule includes typical preschool activities such as circle time, center time, snack, art/sensory play, and gross motor play on our indoor playground.
Skills developed during activities include developmentally appropriate speech and language targets, participation in group activities, and the building blocks to emerging social conversation. Each class is led by 1-2 speech-language pathologists, and supported by graduate students in speech-language pathology from the UTD-Callier Center.
Building Blocks classes are held four mornings per week from 9:00 - 11:30 am. Enrollment is offered by semester.