Autism Related Services

Buonora Child Development Center has been proudly serving the community since 1988, offering structured high quality programs to meet the varying needs of children 0-10 years of age, and their families.  Starting in 1996, we began working with the North Los Angeles Regional Center, providing programs for children with special needs.  Due to the rise in numbers of children affected by Autism (currently 1 in every 150 children, in the United States), there is a rising need in programs that address the needs of children who fall within the Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Therefore, we have developed exceptional programs that are highly effective in working with this population of children and their families.

Behavior Intervention/Socialization Class

Behavior Intervention Specialists will implement strategies that support children with behavioral disabilities to develop self-management, staying on task and social skills.  Through play, we will address turn-taking, role of choice, social initiations and responsiveness to cues and work to reduce the frequency of tantrums, aggression, running off, etc.  These classes will aim to enhance a child’s motivation, engagement and communication through activities that enhance expressive, functional and social language.  This class has a 2:1 child:teacher ratio and is supported by a Speech Therapist once per month.  There are two classes for the following age groups: 1) Ages 3 to 5 years   2) Ages 6 to 10 years.

Sensory Integration

When children can’t interpret the information that comes through their senses, it is usually related to some form of sensory deficit. Children who are affected can greatly benefit from occupational therapy and/or a sensory diet (recommended by an OT) to support the child’s needs.  Our goal is to provide children with organized play that will include a variety of activities to enhance their ability to regulate themselves.  This requires an environment that has minimal distractions from visual and auditory over-stimulation.  In addition, these activities will support their tactile, proprioceptive and vestibular needs.

Inclusion Program

Children ages 2 – 8 years of age who are diagnosed with a delay or disability can be mainstreamed into our regular preschool classrooms, during the school year and into our camp programs, during the summer. Enriching activities where all children can participate and experience success are provided.  For the well-being of all the students, additional classroom trained assistants are added to the program to ensure your child and his or her classmates have the additional support needed to accomplish tasks and facilitate social interaction. We aim to provide an environment where all children come to feel a sense of belonging and to know that they are each a valued member of our school community.  For this purpose, social goals are integrated within class activities and adults model and facilitate inclusion and interactions among the children.