The AIM center-based program provides children and their families with an opportunity
to participate in a structured, play-based program where they are able to socialize
with same age peers and interact with other families. The program runs from 10:00am
to 1:00pm two days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday OR Thursday and Friday). During
this time, children follow a schedule that includes gross motor play, sensory/ exploration,
snack time, circle/singing time, language play, fine motor activities, outdoor play,
The staff at AIM understands that young children learn in a variety of ways. Everything
they do, see, hear, touch, and feel plays an important role in their learning. Since
play is the "natural work" of children, the curriculum at AIM is focused upon
a play-based approach to learning. That is, follow the child's lead and infuse
the facilitation of skills into fun and motivating activities.
The staff at AIM includes Early Interventionists (teachers specially trained and
educated in the field of Special Education with expansive knowledge in both typical
and atypical child development for children birth to three years of age), a Physical
Therapist (to address gross motor needs), Speech Therapist/Feeding Specialist (to
address receptive and expressive speech development as well as oral/motor function),
Occupational Therapist (to address fine motor needs and sensory organization), and
a Social Worker (to address family psycho-social needs). Early Interventionists
serve as teachers in the classrooms and the remaining staff work on a consultative
basis, individually evaluating the students and providing anticipatory guidance
and recommendations for the teachers and families. These recommendations are incorporated
into the student's individual program plan and curriculum.
The AIM center-based program consists of two classrooms. The Star Room is the entry
classroom for most children, with students ranging in age from approximately 16
months to 30 months. This classroom provides an introduction to transitions and
some structured activities. The Sun Room is the next step for most students, with
children ranging in age from 24 months to 36 months. Here, students receive exposure
to more structured activities as well as child-led play in anticipation of preschool
The afternoon program is designed for children up to 36 months of age, who need
assistance in developing communication abilities and social skills. We work as a
multidisciplinary team that consists of Early Interventionists (teachers), Speech-
Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Social Worker.
This program meets on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm.
AIM is a play- based program. We believe children learn how to communicate
and socialize through play, in face to face interactions with supportive adults.
Speech and language intervention is infused into all of the activities. We provide
many opportunities for playtime and supportive interactions with adult to build
each child's ability to: