Blooming STAR is a program for children ages 0-3 with delays in communication, social, motor and/or cognition or behavioral challenges. It is based on a Family-based paradigm for early intervention from established research on recommended practices for early intervention (Dunst, 2000, Odom & McLean, 1996).
These classes are designed to provide infants ages 10-16 months and 16-24 months with an opportunity to learn how to participate in group activities with the support of their caregivers. The goal is to maximize learning through observation, build friendships and encourage sensory exploration and problem solving.
Cost: 4 consecutive sessions for $35. No make ups allowed. At least 8 families needed for class initiation. Paypal, cash or check accepted.
Activities include (some will remain constant while other will change):
Children are encouraged to participate in the group as their developmental age allows. Those not participating can enjoy free play away from the group.
Blooming STAR provides evidenced based intervention for children exhibiting a) communication b) social, c) cognitive delays d) motor delays e) feeding/sensory difficulties and/or e) behavioral challenges.
At Blooming STAR we strive to:
Blooming STAR also provides comprehensive developmental assessments to determine eligibility.
At Blooming STAR we consider your role as the most important one and therefore believe you should have all the skills necessary to support your child. To do this we aim to:
What types of skills does Blooming STAR target?
Communication Skills. This includes learning to talk, building vocabulary, responding to directions and augmentative communication skills if needed.
Social Skills. This includes learning to respond to joint attention (a behavior highly correlated with language development), learning to play with other children and to respond, initiate and take turns with them. This also includes learning to imitate which is an important skill necessary for all learning.
Self Regulation. This includes learning to transition without becoming upset, learning to be apart from a parent without becoming upset, learning to wait for desired items and learning to communicate "help" or "stop" instead of becoming upset.
Adaptive Living Skills. This includes learning feeding skills, dressing skills, self-care skills (e.g. tooth brushing). It also includes learning to clean up after playing, learning to play independently for an appropriate amount of time and potty training.
Gross Motor Skills. This includes learning to walk, climb, use stairs, ride a tricycle, kick, throw and catch a ball.
Fine motor Skills. This includes learning to use a spoon/fork, learning to hold and scribble with a crayon or other writing utensil, learning to pick up and/open small objects, manipulate toys, and string beads.
Cognitive/Play Skills. This includes learning to play appropriately with toys, attend to a story or activity identify concepts in books, sort and match items by category and copy lines and eventually shapes.
Sensory Sensitivities: This includes learning to tolerate different textures and sounds and introducing new foods into the child's diet.
Extremely successful and evidence-based Behavioral Intervention Procedures are utilized to target all of the aforementioned skills.