Our Play Pals Therapeutic Kindergarten | KGH Autism Services: ASD Treatment Clinic, Chicago & Madison

Our Play Pals Therapeutic Kindergarten

Our therapeutic Play Pals Kindergarten is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and individualized kindergarten program that is grounded in the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Play Pals Kindergarten, an extension of our Play Pals Preschool, can be included within a comprehensive ABA program or attended as a stand-alone program. Play Pals-K provides additional support, practice, and instruction to children prior to entering kindergarten in order to give them the skills they will need to successfully transition into their district program with maximum independence and minimal supports.

Our Curriculum

Utilizing evidence-based curricula, Play Pals-K strives to strengthen social communication and interactions, flexibility and fluency with local classroom routines, classroom and playground independence, and the skills necessary to learn naturally in a group setting.

Our program promotes effective and systematic assessment and we use evidence-based instructional strategies to identify, teach, and support these important skills. Skills are taught within the context of meaningful and motivating activities across the classroom curriculum. Data are collected daily to monitor child progress and instructional decisions are based on those data.

The overarching goal of the program is for children to acquire the skills necessary for inclusion in their district schools, independent living, and the development of meaningful social relationships.  We also strive to work collaboratively with each family to help each child learn, develop, and achieve their fullest potential.

Our Play Pals Team

Our Play Pals program is staffed by our Lead Teacher and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).  Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) directly supervise the lead teacher and all RBTs working in the program. Support services (e.g., speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social work) are provided in the classroom as needed and use activity-based instruction to enhance skill acquisition and generalization.

Play Pals Kindergarten Hours of Operation

Our Play Pals Kindergarten program meets Mondays through Fridays from 11:00am to 4:00pm. It can be included within a comprehensive ABA program or attended as a stand-alone program. 

Additional Early Childhood Services

We know how challenging it can be to coordinate all of your child’s different services and activities. At KGH, we offer all of our comprehensive services under one roof. Let us worry about putting all the pieces together. Our team will work with you to create a comprehensive and individualized therapy schedule that works best for your child and your family.  

In addition to our Play Pals Kindergarten, we also offer the following services for our early childhood clients:

Individual Therapy Services

  • Comprehensive ABA Treatment
  • Focused ABA Treatment
  • Challenging Behavior Support
  • Feeding Support
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • AAC Evaluation and Treatment
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Social Dyad/Peer Play

Social and Group Therapy Services

  • Pint Sized Pals (ages 0-3)
  • Play Pals Preschool (ages 3-5)
  • Friends Are Fun! 

Family Support Services

  • Pediatric Parent Education & Empowerment Series
  • Parent Coaching
  • Individual Material Making
  • Therapeutic Community Outings Support
  • Parent Support Group
  • Sibling Therapeutic Sessions
  • ​Introduction to Autism: A Training for Babysitters, Caregivers and Professionals

Consultation Services

  • School Collaboration/IEP Support
  • Toilet Training Program
  • Consultation for School Districts