Blue Bird Day’s Approach
Blue Bird Day is designed to foster socialization, sensory regulation and academic learning in children ages 2-9 in a Pre-School and Kindergarten setting. Our programs are ideal for children with Autism, ASD, sensory processing disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, stuttering, and sensory based feeding disorders. Relationship-based teachers and therapists work to build individual goals for each child and family to ensure future success in school and social situations.
Blue Bird Day is an Evidence-Based Practice, which means that research backed proof, our clinical expertise and your child’s values and preferences are at the heart of everything we do. We stay current on the most relevant and evidence-based research available and integrate these therapeutic models into each individual child’s goals. Some evidence-based tools we use:
- Sensory Integration
- Handwriting without Tears
- Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Therapy
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Blue Birds follow a structured rotation each day at our school programs that is designed to encourage peer interaction, socialization, development of academic skills, sensory integration and speech development. The rotations include:
- Circle Social Time
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Developmental Therapy
- Snack and lunch time
The Blue Bird Day facility was designed by our owner, Dr. Laura Hawkesworth Mraz. Every detail of the facility was designed with the child in mind. The facility benefits each child in their daily activities and routines. The evidence-based approach is integrated throughout the facility, from the colored railings and minimally designed spaces, to the carefully timed transitions and program schedules.
Each child at Blue Bird Day will have a team of experienced professionals developing their individual treatment plans. Our staff consists of Certified Early Childhood and Special Education teachers, Developmental Therapists, Master’s level Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1), Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, ABA Therapists, Feeding and Oral Motor Therapists and Dietitians. Each plan is created to encourage peer interaction, socialization, academic skills, sensory integration and speech development for the needs of each child.
Blue Bird Day’s therapists are among the most highly trained and experienced in Chicago. Our compassionate therapists and staff build strong relationships with clients and their families. Therapists are dedicated to helping clients achieve goals and build confidence in their everyday life. All of our Blue Bird Day therapists and staff are truly what make Blue Bird Day extraordinary and stand apart from the rest.