At some point, school is a big part of every child’s life.
When it is time for a child to begin school, there are many new experiences waiting for them and a lot of new skills they may need to practice. Our kindergarten readiness program for children with autism covers what a child will face when they first enter school. Our Behavior Technicians will do their best to prepare their clients to transition into a school setting when that time comes.
Autism Pre-Academic Skills
Before your child attends school, they will need to develop skills for learning — or essentially “learn how to learn.” At Early Autism Services, our school readiness Applied Behavior Analysis program will help your child develop core skills for success in school and the social situations they may encounter inside and outside the classroom. Some skills we will help your child develop include:
Many children with autism experience difficulty staying with a task until completion. They may not be able to filter out external distractions to devote their complete focus to the activity in front of them. Often, children with autism require assistance developing skills such as joint attention, in which they follow a line of vision to look at something the other person is looking at or doing.
For children with autism, attending is a learned skill that requires additional effort. We help your child improve their attending skills by slowly increasing the time they spend performing a preferred activity until they can focus on their task for the entire time.
Attending and sitting are two essential skills for school. After your child develops attending skills, their sitting abilities may improve and vice versa. We will help your child improve their sitting behavior by starting slowly and then gradually increasing their sitting time until they can sit as long as needed for school.
Making Eye Contact
Eye contact is essential for learning and social interactions. During our academic teaching sessions, we will encourage your child to make eye contact through positive reinforcement until the behavior becomes a natural occurrence for them.
If your child is experiencing a slight delay in receptive language skills, following instructions may feel difficult. At EAS, our treatment plan will start with short instructions followed by positive reinforcement. Over time, the Behavior Technician will gradually work up to giving your child more detailed instructions.
Teaching your child the importance of waiting and turn-taking is vital in and out of the classroom. During your child’s session, EAS will use a play-based method to teach them the importance of taking turns.