PYRAMID Therapeutic Preschool is located in the Logan Square/Avondale neighborhood. Based on the child development pyramid, the program addresses the often neglected tier of sensory motor stability, which support upper tiers of fine motor, cognition, and social-emotional development. To keep students motivated and engaged, developmental and academic challenges are designed according to each child’s abilities.
Multidisciplinary teaching strategies (e.g., DIR/Floor Time or ABA/Applied Behavior Analysis) and modalities such as Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome are available to our enrolled students. Our program strives to help students develop the academic, social, and developmental skills necessary to be successful learners in typical elementary classroom settings.
Our flexible curriculum provides academic structure and goals for pre-math, pre-science, language, social, and executive functioning skills.
Our socialization program emphasizes acceptance, strength, and self-confidence through the formation of strong, reliable relationships and successful social interactions.
Our multidisciplinary therapy program supports motor planning, sensory processing, self-regulation, attention/focus, speech, behavior, fine motor skills, and core stability.
We individualize each child’s curriculum to allow for both academic and therapeutic services. We start with a comprehensive evaluation to determine strengths and needs, provide an accurate baseline of developmental skills in all developmental domains (cognitive, speech/language, gross & fine motor, adaptive, social-emotional), and review complete medical history including auditory and vision status.
Specific services will be provided to support each student, based on individual challenges, while utilizing their strengths to foster the foundational skills needed to reach school readiness goals outlined by The State of Illinois. Each student’s progress is charted monthly with periodic parent/team meetings and a six-month re-evaluation.
Students learn best when invested in the learning process—when it’s fun and playful. Once they’ve had a positive experience, they can participate more fully in a classroom setting and thrive.
Our curriculum recognizes the foundational role of movement in development. We believe children need movement to learn—it is vital to a child’s cognitive growth. Our individualized and global approach works with each child’s strengths and challenges to utilize a variety of therapies and approaches best suited to the child’s needs. We focus early and intensively on strengthening the neuromuscular and sensory systems so that children can process information more accurately and interact more successfully.