Frequently Asked Questions
Is my child a good fit for Blue Bird Day?
Blue Bird Day’s therapeutic pre-school and kindergarten programs are intended for children ages 2-9. We specialize in treating children who need help navigating their sensory world and engaging in meaningful peer and social interactions. The unique curriculum is personalized to each child and focuses on academic learning, pre-reading, numeracy, feeding and language skills. The goal of the program is to create a foundation for future success in school and social situations. Learn more about our Approach.
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What types of diagnoses do you treat?
Blue Bird Day has programs that are ideal for children in need of Early Intervention and have may be diagnosed with ASD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Apraxia, speech disorders, ADHD, stuttering, feeding disorders and other sensory processing disorders.
What professionals are on your staff?
Blue Bird Day is proud of our highly trained, experienced and passionate staff members. Each class at Blue Bird Day is taught by a Master’s level behavior specialist in Special Education or Developmental Therapist.
They are accompanied by Therapeutic Assistants, all of which are licensed paraprofessionals with Bachelor’s degrees. The majority of our Therapeutic Assistants are on a career path pursuing higher education to become therapists in similar fields.
Children will also have daily therapy sessions with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and Feeding Therapists as part of the curriculum.
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What do these terms mean?
Lunchtime enrichment gives children the opportunity to socialize with peers, explore new foods and improve independent feeding skills. Our staff is trained by our Feeding Therapist with the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) strategy to pediatric feeding that encourages participation in the entire mealtime routine. Oral motor planning and the exploration of new textures and tastes are encouraged to expanding the child’s food inventory. Our nutritious and balanced catered meals are gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.
This approach was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and is exactly what it sounds like! Children are met on their level to help foster strong relationships and interactions.
Applied Behavior Analysis:
Applied Behavior Anaylsis (ABA) is focused on the behavior of the child and systematically intervening to improve social interactions and demonstrate responsibility of behaviors.
This kinesthetic approach is a common core standard that is a fun and effective way for children to learn the alphabet, spelling and reading.
A program that focuses on principles and strategies based on learning the characteristics of an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Teachers utilize this method in order to achieve academic learning goals with the children.
Intentional Relationship Model:
The Intentional Relationship Model (IRM) can be described as the therapeutic use of self as it pertains to Occupational Therapy. It is the science of building lasting and effective relationships with clients.
PROMPT is a cutting edge and multidimensional tool for speech production disorders.
Unique Learning System:
Unique Learning System is a comprehensive curriculum that spans kindergarten to 12th grade. It covers math, reading, science, and social studies. It is widely used across the Chicagoland area and has received recognition with several educational performance awards. It aligns with common core standards and is data driven by continual data collection and measurement of each student.
Sensory Integration is a theory that relates to how the nervous system receives messages from the senses. The theory focuses mainly on tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive senses, which are the senses that make it possible for our bodies to be used effectively with the environment.
Handwriting Without Tears:
Handwriting Without Tears is a multisensory handwriting instruction for all learning styles. It is most commonly used for children from kindergarten to 5th grade.
The Biomechanical Model is a combination of assessments with accompanying therapeutic interventions. It is useful in teaching children the proper ways to use their bodies.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
Blue Bird Day prides itself on the individual attention that each child receives. Our program provides a minimum of 3:1 student to teacher ratio. Our average preschool class sizes are 12 children and 10 children for kindergarten classes. Classes break down into small groups of 4 or less for the majority of the sessions.
Children are matched with other students with similar developmental goals.
What does a typical day look like for my child?
Pre-School is divided into two sessions:
8:30am-9:00am Morning Arrival
9:00am-10:00am Rotations to Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Developmental Therapy
10:00am-10:15am Snack Time catered by Green Monkey
10:15am-10:30am Circle Time
10:30am- 11:30am Rotations to Modulation Station, Education Station, and Ideation Station
11:30am-12:30pm Lunchtime Enrichment and Lunchtime catered by Green Monkey
Follows the same pattern as Session 1, but begins at 11:30am
8:30am-9:00am Morning Arrival
9:00am-9:15am Circle Time
9:15am-9:30am Snack time catered by Green Monkey
9:30am-10:00am Numeracy Group
10:00am-12:00pm Rotations to Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Literacy Group
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunchtime enrichment and Lunchtime catered by Green Monkey
What are your billing options?
Blue Bird Day accepts a variety of insurance and payment options. Contact us at 312-243-8487 to further discuss these options.
Do your programs run year round?
Yes! Our programs are divided into three trimesters, each separated with a two week break.
We also have a Spring and Fall Break similar to other school breaks.
Do you have home or school services?
Yes! Blue Bird Day can work with your school or work in combination with Eyas Landing on in home services.