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

Our Play Pals Preschool

Our therapeutic Play Pals Preschool is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and individualized preschool program that is grounded in the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and the verbal behavior approach. Play Pals serves children ages 3 through 5 with autism and related special needs. Our program strives to provide a responsive and nurturing learning environment in which children are motivated to learn and grow. 

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 Curriculum

Our curriculum is derived from the empirically-validated Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) (Sundberg, 2008) and the Preschool Life Skills curriculum (Hanley et al., 2007). Our curriculum and daily schedule provide children with ample opportunities to practice functional communication and language skills, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, pre-academic skills, and independent self-care skills. Children learn to express their curiosity, problem-solve, practice, and work together with others through activities based on play and hands-on participation. 

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.

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 Hours of Operation

Our Play Pals Preschool program meets 4 days per week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

North Shore Center
Morning: 9:00-11:30 (for ages 3-4, early learners)
Afternoon: 1:00-3:30pm (ages 4-5, kindergarten prep)

Madison Center
Morning: 9:00-11:30 (for ages 3-4, early learners)
Afternoon: 12:30-3:00pm (ages 4-5, kindergarten prep)

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 Preschool, 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 
  • 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