Pre-academic Learning Opportunities at Lighthouse Autism Center
At Lighthouse Autism Center, we offer center-based ABA therapy in a natural, play-based environment. Following an assessment, a program is developed specifically to target each child’s unique needs. With our various age groups, we incorporate many of the academic and school readiness skills a child would be taught in a typical school setting, such as reading, math, group classes, peer play, and more, so that children can play and learn.
Generally, this age group supports learners between 18 months and 6 years of age and focuses on learning through play. The skills learners acquire through this program will provide the building blocks required for them to generalize what they have learned across different subjects and environments.
In the early learner age group, children focus on:
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Letters, numbers, and colors
- 2D shapes
- Name and age
- Listening skills and following directions
- Children develop new words through song, music, and reading
- Days of the week, months of the year, the weather, seasons, and more
- Participating in group classes like art, music, and gym
Typically, this age group includes learners 7 years and older and follows a similar structure to what a learner would see in a school setting. As the learner progresses, they spend less time learning while playing, and more time learning from an educator while sitting at a desk or in a group setting, similar to what the learner would experience at school.
In the junior learners age group, children focus on:
- Reading development and comprehension at the appropriate level for the child
- Basic math skills at an appropriate level for the child (addition, subtraction)
- Life skills like folding laundry, hanging clothes, sweeping and vacuuming, etc.
- Social skills including peer-to-peer interactions in a group setting