Childcare Center Licensed by the North Dakota Department of Human Services
The AuSome Kids Day Program is a center-based childcare program for preschool and school age children that focuses on the unique needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities or challenging behaviors. The program is divided into age groups depending on their developmental abilities and follows age appropriate daily lesson plans designed specifically for the children served. The AuSome Kids program uses positive behavior support principles and procedures which seek to support and reinforce appropriate behavior to replace challenging behavior.
The Pre-K AuSome Kids Day Program is focused on building kindergarten readiness skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Children with autism learn in unique ways and the staff in the day program are trained on how to break down the task for each child’s level. The Preschool Palace curriculum is used to give the children enrolled an opportunity to enter kindergarten with skills they would not have learned in other settings. Transition from preschool to kindergarten is a big step in the life for all children, but there is added stress for a child with autism. The day program is able to help with the individual needs and developmental concerns of the children enrolled. The Pre-K program will help prepare children with autism for the transition to kindergarten and will also have a baseline of information, if the parent wishes, to share with the kindergarten teacher.
The K-12 AuSome Kids Day Program is focused on building the social, emotional and life skills of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Social and emotional learning is important in all aspects of life. These skills are crucial for building positive relationships and help reduce bulling and improve caring, respect and responsibility in all settings. In addition, social-emotional learning programs increase positive attitudes towards school and other environments, positive social behavior and academic performance. By teaching the children enrolled how to recognize, control and communicate their emotions we provide them with a toolbox of skills to use in situations that come up. We see their behavior and interactions improve. They are able to make more friends, problem solve, and regulate their emotions. The K-12 program will equip them with self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making and relationship skills to help in everyday activities.
This program has enrollment options for full-day, half-day, before school, after school and summer – all with a 1 staff to 3 client ratio, which is crucial to maintaining a successful learning environment; however, clients with particularly challenging needs or behaviors may require a lower staff to client ratio. Our staff members are trained to assist in the development of multiple skills that include functional communication, appropriate play, social interaction, self-help skills and more.