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.
Little Stars (Ages 2 – 7)
The Little Stars use the Creative Curriculum that has been modified to fit the needs of the ASD children served. The staff focus on helping the children develop communication skills, eye contact, attending skills and appropriate play skills. Specific lesson plans include blocks, dramatic play, art, toys and games, discovery, skills/concepts, vocabulary, music and movement, etc. Sensory breaks are incorporated though out the day using bubbles, ball pit, swing, jumping, etc. Staff also use a technique called “pairing” with the children. Pairing is when a staff member establishes themselves at the “giver” of reinforcement, which means that they are the person that “delivers” all of the reinforcement. This also is an important step in learning what motivates each child. These motivations could be a particular toy, book, hug or maybe light tickles.
Shooting Stars (ages 6 – 10) and Super Stars (Ages 9 – 14+)
The Shooting Stars and Super Stars follow a daily lesson plan and implement the Super Flex Curriculum for children with ASD and their age group. This social thinking curriculum focuses on teaching children to use ‘flexible thinking’ and introduces a variety of characters (Rock Brain, Energy Hare-y, Space Invader, Body Snatcher, etc.) that must be defeated by Super Flex. The staff focuses on teaching communication skills, social interaction skills and life skills. A great deal of time is also spent on helping them to learn how to identify control their emotions and behavior. A big part of the success of both programs is the focus on proactive and frequent rewards for good individual and group behavior. They can earn reward time to play on the computer, play video games, play outside or another preferred activity.
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.