Blue Stars Early Years Services
Places available for September 2019 in our new location
Blue Stars Preschool provide professional Tuition to groups of Children on the Autistic Spectrum and Related Disorders, based on specific teaching methods adapted from the Montessori Curriculum, Aistear and the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), implementing Individualised Educational Plans (IEP). We are an experienced multidisciplinary team including:
Bachelors in Psychology
Board Certified Behaviour Analyst
Speech and Language Therapist
Children will have sessions 1:1 following their IEP and group sessions where they will improve their social skills, we offer Lego Play Based Therapy once a week. The Individualised Educational Plan includes activities based on the SLT, OT and BCBA assessments. Parents can apply for funding through the Home Tuition Grant.
We run an afternoon class Monday-Friday 1:30-5:30 pm in Glenageary, Dublin. Our students (maximum 6 children) have one class teacher and 3 tutors.
Our 3 specialist: SLT, OT and BCBA assess each student to make your child's educational plan a fully customised experience.
During the class all the children will have sessions 1:1 following their IEP (individual education plan) and group sessions to improve their social skills.
We offer Lego Play Based Therapy once a week and a service of Speech and Language Therapist and OT, once or twice a month (depending on the child's needs).
Blue Stars fees are funded through the Home Tuition Scheme by the Department of Education and Skills. One of the purposes of the Scheme is provide early educational intervention for children with autism.
If you are interested in a place for your child contact us and we will be happy to explain you and answer any question about the enrolment process and arrange a visit.
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Autism is a complex, invisible condition which a person is born with. Autism is a developmental condition which means that the way a person communicates, interacts and understands other people, and the world, is different to those who do not have the condition. It can be described as a “spectrum” because it impacts in different ways and degrees at different times and situations.
Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months.
Two children with the same diagnosis can act very differently from one another and have varying skills, this emphasises the importance of Individual assessments and educational plans.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behaviour Analysis is the applied use of behavioural principles to everyday situations with the goal of increasing useful behaviours and decreasing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
ABA can be used in structured situations such as a classroom lesson as well as in "everyday" situations. ABA therapy sessions involve one-on-one interaction and also group instructions.
Behaviour analysts use the scientifically validated principles of learning to modify the environment and evaluate its impact in order to improve meaningful behaviour with a view to improving the quality of life of individuals, families and communities.
A number of completed studies have demonstrated that ABA techniques can produce improvements in communication, social relationships, play, self-care, school and employment.
Speech and Language
Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.
Our Speech and Language Therapist will provide practical and professional advice and intervention strategies that are evidence based making a comprehensive treatment program to meet individual needs.
Programs for your child with a diagnosis of ASD will vary depending on the child’s age, communication level and overall ability, focusing in: attention and listening skills, non-verbal skills, gesture, early vocabulary development and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems).
The PECS programme teaches children to make requests for items using pictures. It is a systematic programme which graduates towards the discrimination of symbols and the development of simple sentences.
Occupational Therapy assists the individual to develop the necessary physical skills, where needed, to make the engaging in activities or roles more accessible to them through individualised, specifically targeted programs.
Many children with ASD present with difficulties with fine motor and/or gross motor skills and sensory issues which affect their ability to engage in daily activities and roles.
Activities could include self-help skills such as doing up buttons or the development of good pencil skills; maintain good postural control: sit at a school desk for any length of time, special awareness.
Our Occupational Therapist will use a Sensory Integration Program to promote effective integration of the senses in order to develop a child’s ability to register, process and respond to sensory information in his/her environment, thereby improving learning, behaviour and activity participation.
Lego Play Based Therapy
Lego®-based therapy is a social development programme for young people with autism spectrum disorders or related social communication difficulties. Young people work together to build Lego® models and through this have the opportunity to develop social skills such as turn taking, collaboration and social communication.
Lego®-based therapy can be used individually or in groups. Natural opportunities for developing social competence are facilitated by the therapist.
Key to this approach is how engaging and enjoyable it is for the participants! Building Lego® collaboratively is great fun, and young people develop social skills while enjoying themselves.