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Sample Program Schedule for The Early Start Autism Program

Below is a comprehensive schedule for a day in the early start autism program. Students receive individual and small group therapies throughout the course of the day. These include Occupational, Speech and Behavioral Therapy, as well as other therapies based on the student’s individual needs.

The Early Start Autism Program Schedule


9:30 - 9:50 Arrival and Bathroom/Hand Washing
During arrival we have a defined procedure each student learns to follow, such as greeting the teacher (verbally or non-verbally) and putting personal items away. We then actively engage in activities, and/or engage in parallel play, finishing off by cleaning up with the group and taking groups to the restroom in turns before beginning the first session.


9:50 - 10:00 Opening
During our transition students work on walking quietly down the hall and following toilet and hand washing procedures independently.


10:00 - 11:00 Session Time #1
Different activities are in store for everyone during Session 1! Activities include our hello routine, object activities, sensory social routines, motor movement activities. This session includes snack.


11:00 - 11:50 Session Time #2
Specific ESDM goals will be targeted in this session with a gross motor activity. This session also includes an opening routine as well as object activities, sensory social routines, and motor movement activities.


11:50 - 12:00 Self-Care and Preparationg for Lunch
Teachers take groups to restrooms. Students follow all the steps of using the toilet and hand-washing, and all restroom procedures such as sitting on stools and waiting for his or her turn.


12:00 - 12:30 Lunch Cleanup
Students identify their name on the mat and chairs, and follow 1 or 2 step directions. We target feeding goals and spend time talking about food, using descriptive words to engage the students. Students focus on using the appropriate utensils, and on requesting the desired item using visual icon or a verbal exchange. Transition while cleaning up and prepare for quiet time.


12:30 - 12:45 Quiet Time
Each student rests independently and quietly on a mat, possibly using books, busy bags, puzzles and other items.


12:45 - 1:00 Story Time Teachers guide students to find a seat in the story area.


1:00 - 2:00 Session Time #3
Session 3 includes different activities, including our hello routine, object activities, sensory social routines, motor movement activities.


2:00 - 2:15 Social Skills or Music and Movement
Students are together as a group, working on social skills or doing music and movement activity. Restroom is used during this time.


2:15 - 2:30 Closing Dismissal
Each student gets ready for departure, using or requesting help as needed.

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At the Galvin Therapy Center, we use a unique multi-disciplinary team approach that allows us to provide children with the skills they need to be successful. Our fully licensed therapists have over 150 years of combined experience. 


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