School Age Program

Programs for School Age Children (Kindergarten through age 11)

We focus on developing your child’s:

  • Social and relationship development
  • Emotional awareness and expression
  • Language & communication
  • Friendships and peer relationships
  • Family relationships
  • Independence
  • Pre-academic and academic skills
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Self-regulation and coping skills
  • Daily living skills
  • Hygiene and self-care


Our Philosophy

At the Institute for Child Development (ICD), we promote your child’s development by providing a supportive educational setting to help your child gain age-appropriate skills in a number of developmental areas. We help your child develop skills through interactive activities that are individually tailored to his or her learning and developmental needs.


State of the Art Educational and Therapeutic Approach

We structure our program so that each child receives state of the art instruction by all of our highly trained staff at ICD. Our approach to teaching is evidence-based, which means we only use teaching methods that have been repeatedly shown to produce positive outcomes for children with developmental and learning delays in the scientific and educational literature. Our staff of special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, adaptive physical educators, board certified behavior analysts, clinical and school psychologists, and paraprofessionals all work as an integrated multidisciplinary team to see ensure the best for your child and family.


The Importance of Family

Family involvement is a key factor in a child’s development. We work alongside you and your family to improve your child’s growth and your family’s wellbeing. We consider all family members an important part of each child’s multidisciplinary team. We also provide many opportunities throughout the school year for you and your family to participate in family service activities with your child, as well as open consultation for your family when you have questions about how best to support your child at home and in the community.


School Age Program at ICD: An Immersive Program

Our school age program is a 12-month, full day program, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Our program is resource-rich environment with a low student to staff ratio in order to provide the necessary support each child needs to reach his or her goals.

The school age program at ICD is considered an immersive program because all of our staff are trained to implement each child’s skill building activities and learning or developmental goals. Many of the children we serve have delays or difficulty in the areas of communication (including speech, language, and social communication), social development, and learning from his/her environment.  These are important areas for all children’s development and are emphasized in our immersive program such that children receive attention to these areas throughout the school day in a number of educational and therapeutic activities. These are carefully choreographed and planned by your child’s multidisciplinary team.

Our program is also data-based, meaning that we carefully and frequently monitor your child’s progress on their educational and therapeutic goals. Your child’s progress is reviewed on an ongoing basis allowing for changes to activities, instructional procedures or interventions that will benefit your child’s development and learning in a timely way. For example, we offer twice weekly social skills groups that provide specific opportunities to assess whether social skills we have been working on with your child generalize to other group activities and social routines throughout the day. Information gathered during these groups is used to help refine and plan for adjustments to strengthen those skills.

The reason an immersive approach is important is that we want the skills your child is learning to happen in many settings and situations, including in the presence of many different people, to allow him or her to be fully independent. After all, our goal is to help children build the skills they need to eventually return to programs hosted in their home school district when they are ready. To do so, we have to ensure that the skills we have taught belong to the child and are not a product of our school setting alone.

Children’s wellbeing and health are emphasized in our program. We work with families whose children experience feeding difficulties and are able to address this during our lunch and snack periods. If families desire, we are able to help them address health behaviors at home, including feeding, sleeping, safety, etc. All children who are medically and physically able to participate receive adaptive physical education class each day of the school week, which helps to build self-regulation, gross motor skills, and social play at the same time. These classes occur either in our large indoor group instructional room or on the outdoor Social Learning Center complex, designed specifically for the safety and development of our students.

We strive, together, to provide the best opportunities for your child to be healthy, happy, and ready to succeed at home, school, and within their community. If you have questions about our program or are interested in setting up a tour, please call us at 607-777-2829.