At IDC, we provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, aquatic therapy, speech and language therapy, feeding therapy, infant and toddler parent involved classes, and preschool classes for children with disabilities and children who are typically developing. Children who receive services/therapies here have a variety of special needs. Some children have specific diagnoses. Others do not have a diagnosis, but are receiving services due to parent/physician concerns. Our goals are for the children to develop the skills necessary to better help them progress in their next environment (Mother’s Day Out, community preschool, kindergarten, etc.). Additionally, we believe it is our role to help parents learn how to teach their children and become advocates for them in the future.
In the preschool classroom, your child will be exposed to a variety of experiences. The set up of the preschool class will be very similar to that of a community preschool. Typical components of preschool occur daily (circle time, centers/play time, playground time, snack, music, etc.). There will be additional equipment, accommodations and strategies used that help many children to learn. For example, some children benefit from visual schedules and pictures so you may see more of this in the classroom than you might in other places. Some children benefit from having directions paired with sign language, so you may see your teacher signing as words are spoken. For some children, engaging in social interactions with other children is difficult. You may see a teacher or therapist “facilitating” these interactions. All of these strategies will only help to develop skills for all of the children; none of them will hinder your child’s learning. Parents must participate as a special day parent approximately 1-2 times per month, which involves volunteering in the child's class and bringing an appropriate snack for the entire class.
Our preschool program is not highly academic. Granted your child will learn pre-academic skills during the course of the year; he or she will have more experiences to grow socially. If you have any specific concerns about your child’s learning or skills, please talk to your child’s teacher. Often we can offer ideas/suggestions to help your child to be better prepared for his/her next environment.
The following is a list of qualities we look for in each child when determining whether he/she will be a peer model at IDC:
The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center is located in the Life Dynamics Building on the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Campus, 9120 W. 75th Street. For more information, contact us via phone at 913-676-2253