Gateway To School

8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. | Monday – Friday

Gateway To School is a unique early intervention program designed specifically for children ages 2-5 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This program incorporates the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on Verbal Behavior (VB), a communication and language-based methodology designed to develop language, social, and play skills. Gateway To School provides learners with the opportunity to receive individualized one-to-one ABA therapy in a language-rich classroom setting within a small group setting, structured seated sessions, and the natural play environment.

  • Classroom Learning: Learners will engage in foundational social and academic skills in a classroom environment (collaboratively planned by an educator and a BCBA) to promote social skills and group learning.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Programming is based on data from an initial evaluation using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). Progress is closely monitored, and instructional programs are adjusted according to the individual learner’s needs.
  • Individualized Instruction: Learners are paired with a 1:1 Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who is supervised by the Program Coordinator, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The learner engages in instructional activities to build foundational building blocks needed for academic and social success in school.
  • Related Services: Learners are screened for speech and language, as well as occupational therapy upon enrollment. Learners are provided therapies through the HASA Clinic.
  • Room to Grow: Through these groups, learners gain foundational academic skills, continue to build language and social skills, and learn strategies to be successful in a busy learning environment. Embedded throughout the curriculum, learners are presented with opportunities to expand learning through music, art, gross motor activities, and outdoor play.

The focus of Gateway To School is to support our learners in improving their communication, academic, social, and play skills, and to provide supports for the learners to be successful in multiple learning environments. Through the program, learners and families gain a toolbox of strategies to help the learner succeed.

For more information regarding enrollment and tuition, please call 410.318.6780.

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