Hanna Perkins’ EPIC Early Learning (Exploring Potentials in Children) is for children, 4-6, with difficulties in social communication and emotional regulation associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Informed by Hanna Perkins’ relationship-based approach to supporting social emotional development, EPIC is a natural extension of our school’s gentle approach to helping young learners identify, understand, manage and communicate their feelings – basic skills for success in school and life.
EPIC provides an opportunity for parents to work with both a classroom teacher and a family helper on coordinated intervention strategies to support the child’s development. At the same time, it offers individualized preparation for transition into a mainstream classroom, by providing gradual integration into the traditional Hanna Perkins preschool and kindergarten.
The Program Includes:
- Individualized instruction, incorporating various strategies shown to be effective with children on the spectrum, located in the low-stimulus environment of the EPIC classroom.
- Gradual inclusion in the Hanna Perkins preschool or kindergarten classroom, according to readiness
- A 1:2 or 1:3 teacher/pupil ratio, with the teacher assisting the child in both the EPIC classroom and during time spent in the traditional preschool or kindergarten classrooms.
- In order to have a consistent experience for all children, EPIC strives to have children begin each day in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms – following the same settling-in process as the other children. They then transition to the EPIC classroom for the remainder of the day. As they show readiness, each child’s time in the traditional classroom is gradually extended.
- Further enrichment is provided through a Music & Dance and Social Skills Group toward the end of each school day.
- Speech & Language and Occupational Therapy (additional charges) can be arranged on an individual basis.