Sensory Integration; DIR/Floortime; Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA); Zoophonics; Handwriting without Tears; Sensory Oral Sequential (SOS) Feeding; Illinois Early Learning Standards
Evidence-based therapeutic approaches interwoven into the school day allows for individualized and effective treatment.
Completed every six months to redetermine progress and reevaluate goals
We are currently enrolling for our Fall session. Please contact us today to begin our admission process.
We offer several payment options for our therapeutic preschool and kindergarten programs. Please inquire about tuition fees and private insurance reimbursement.
We are currently enrolling for Fall sessions.
AM Session: M-TH | 8:30am-12:30pm
PM Session: M-TH |11:30am-3:30pm
AM Session: M-F | 8:30-1:30pm
**Extended day options available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who might benefit from these programs?
Blue Bird Day School’s Therapeutic preschool and kindergarten programs are intended for children ages 2-9 to begin creating a foundation for future school experiences. Academic learning, including pre-reading, numeracy and language skills are fostered by our multidisciplinary curriculum. At the same time, children who need help navigating their sensory world and engaging in meaningful peer and social interactions benefit the most from the unique curriculum and personalized attention offered by our staff.
What professionals are available to help with our preschool and kindergarten programs?
Each class is taught by a learning behavior specialist — with a master’s degree in Special Education — and at least two teaching assistants. Our program provides a minimum of a 3:1 student: teacher ratio. Students are also taught during daily therapy sessions by an occupational therapist, speech therapist and feeding therapist. In addition to these daily professionals, Blue Bird Day provides consultative behavioral/ABA therapy and collaborates with each student’s team of therapists throughout the school year.
How much time will my child spend with an occupational therapist and/or a speech-language pathologist?
Students in our program are divided into small groups of 3-4 students based on developmental goals and participate in 25 minutes of speech therapy and 25 minutes of occupational therapy daily. In addition, our lunchtime hour is co-taught by an oral motor, feeding speech therapist and sensory, feeding occupational therapist. In a typical week, students receive a total of 2.5 hours of speech therapy small group, 2.5 hours of occupational therapy small group and 4-5 hours of feeding therapy small group, and 12.5 hours of Special Education.
What is the lunchtime enrichment?
Our unique lunchtime enrichment component of our day school gives children the opportunity to socialize with peers, explore new foods, and improve independent feeding skills. Therapists and support staff incorporate strategies from the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Pediatric Feeding, while encouraging participation in the entire mealtime routine—from preparation to consumption. Oral motor planning and the exploration of new textures and tastes are highly encouraged. While expanding children’s food inventory, the program also aims to promote a more balanced and nutritious diet through it’s catered gluten-free, diary-free snack and lunch.
Our school program targets your child’s individualized global developmental goals.
Enrolling in Blue Bird Day was one of the best decisions we have made for our daughter. She is in her second year in the preschool, and she is thriving
– which means our whole family is thriving, too. Our daughter has reached so many developmental milestones as a result of the innovative and holistic approach Blue Bird Day’s teachers and therapists utilize. The knowledge and expertise of the staff team is absolutely top-notch. I am also so impressed with the level of personal attention and care our daughter receives from her preschool teacher, and have appreciated so much the time the teacher spends communicating and collaborating with me on her goals and progress. Our daughter talks about her teacher, therapists, and preschool friends constantly and can’t wait to go to school each day. Because of Blue Bird Day, she is finding her wings, and I, as the mother of a child with neurological differences, am finding my own right alongside her.”
When I think of Blue Bird Day, I can’t help but feel at home and that the staff is an extension of our family. The staff members go out of their way to make the kids feel safe, welcomed, encouraged, and confident. In the time we have been there we have seen progress that can not be measured. I didn’t think we’d be where we are today and I don’t believe any other school compares to Blue Bird Day. All the hard work by the staff has given our kids a second chance.
Blue Bird Day has helped our kids excel and gave us as parents the tools to help our kids reach their goals. From visual aids, to behavior charts, to a prize chart, the list goes on. I might have been the biggest skeptic when it came to these things but when I saw how much it helped, I couldn’t help but reinforce it and it made the difference. I swear by them now. The kids look froward to going to school each and every day. I feel like they would stay there if they could. I feel we are very blessed to have found this place and that their first exposure to school has been filled with love and compassion.
We met Sarah Hirschman, my daughter’s OT from Blue Bird Day, while my daughter was in Early Intervention for what was then deemed Emotional Regulation & SPD. Sarah was by far the most influential therapist we had met. She was also the first person I contacted when Drew got the official Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis in December 2014.
The moment we enrolled Drew at Blue Bird Day in February 2015, we noticed quasi immediate improvements on all fronts: better social ability, increased tolerance for the unknown, less ritualistic rigidity, less lashing out against peers and significantly reduced tantrum violence and frequency. What we were particularly thrilled about was the level of excitement Drew manifested after her first day at Blue Bird Day and every morning thereafter when it was “time for school!” – something she usually was highly anxious about while attending our local catholic private school. I could write for hours about Blue Bird Day, but what I hope to convey the most is how eternally grateful I am to have found true professionals who can handle and work with my daughter’s myriad of challenges. All the while, the team of amazing people who care, who love, who are incessantly dedicated, patient beyond understanding and ineffably compassionate with special children of all walks of life.
Take a random walk through the halls or be a passive fly on the wall as you walk to the bathroom before you pick up your child and you will inevitably be floored by the radiant energy and the palpable positive vibes that emanate from the staff and therapists that are assiduously at work with their patients. It’s remarkable! We all know as moms of special needs kids what herculean tasks we need to surmount every day and we all know it’s a marathon, not a sprint. For me, Blue Bird Day has turned the impossible into real accomplishments and each small step my daughter learns here turns into an exponential feat of achievement. It’s like a contagious positive cycle that Drew is now addicted to, and so are we. We never saw this before and we know it is all thanks to Blue Bird Day and their amazingly dedicated team. I thank my lucky stars every time I see my daughter walk in after her Blue Bird Day session with a proud smile on her face!”