Educational Journey


A CHILD’S EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY

The most important thing we can teach children is that they are valued. Unless children have a basic sense of self-worth, it’s very unrealistic to expect them to embrace the challenges of learning and problem solving. The child solutions to such problems will unfold gradually and often spontaneously in response to the Therapist questions. Instead of just telling their ideas, they can even show what they mean, perhaps drawing what they have in mind – or helping to make a model of their idea. The Therapist is someone who combines both the traditional and untraditional approaches in order to present a truly balanced curriculum for every child.

Children grow and develop at different rates. While their pathways through childhood differ, most pass a set of predictable milestones along the way. The information presented here offers steps that can help you follow your child’s journey. Our steps divides the developmental milestones into four levels. In reality, these areas overlap, as development in one area is reinforced and enhanced by growth in others. The milestones suggested for each area offer examples of the developmental leaps that young children make. As you follow this map, keep in mind that each child develops differently and that an individual child may develop more quickly in one area than in another.​

The more traditional way to teach children is by providing facts and information. Traditionally, teachers plan in advance everything they want children to learn. But BFF teach’s in a much more interactive style of instruction. In this more collaborative approach, the Therapist and child seek out answers together. The Therapist continues to make lesson plans but adjusts them as they pay attention to the child and finds out what is particularly interesting to them. The Therapist is also constantly looking for problems to present to the child so they can propose their own solutions.

The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.

Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.

If you give the world the best you, and the best will come to you.

All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.

ELEMENTARY

In the early years of education, young children love to explore, discover, and learn new things. Our programs for grades PRE-K–5 taps into this natural inquisitiveness with lessons that truly engage young minds and reinforce key concepts in meaningful ways. And since this age group typically needs more direct, focused guidance, we bring educators and parents together in close collaboration to ensure each child’s success. Every lesson is flexibly paced, allowing the child to move at the speed that best suits their needs. Those who are ready to move on to the next lesson or session can do so, while those who need just a little more time may take it.

Plus, our lesson plans are designed to adjusts to your child’s skill and knowledge level, offering practice in topics where it’s needed most. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School lessons continues to be flexibly paced, allowing students to move at the speed that best suits their needs. In Middle School, children are challenged to examine more in-depth topics, such as: Anger Management & Conflict Resolution, Leisure Education & Awareness, Coping Skills, Social Skills and Communication, Team building & Cooperation, Independent Living Skills, Problem Solving & Decision Making Skills.

The parent and therapist will continue to work closely with his or her child to facilitate progress through the lessons, and each session provides suggested lesson plans for the week, which the Therapist can easily adjust. In grades 6–8, children take on more independent learning. This helps ensure that children master more complex ideas—like Social Thinking, Stress Management, to help Increased attention span—and feel more prepared for High School.

HIGH SCHOOL

High School kids program begins with academics and is wrapped with support, counseling, choices, community, and to help teens identify their goals, chart their own paths, and enjoy their journeys. Each child will benefit from a Therapist who will create and continually monitor their individualized sessions and help guide the child to post high-school success. Certified Therapist engage with your child’s work every week. Children are regularly involved in threaded, therapist-monitored discussions with one another. Parents are expected to still play an important supportive role to help their child stay on task and ensure follow-through on his or her assignments. Teenagers are held more accountable for their daily progress and time management. While homework can be completed on their’ own time, sessions need to move at a consistent pace. BFF will push your High School teenager, but only to maximize success on his or her path. We won’t judge the path, but we will judge the effort—and expect hard work and determination.

YOUNG ADULTS

Young Adults ages 18-older and older can receive individual and group counseling. We help connect young adults to community resources for housing, medical help, insurance benefits and in-home support services. Young adults can participate in group activities, classes, support groups, volunteer opportunities and weekly outings.

We help young adults with special needs find jobs. Individuals will learn computer skills, resume preparation, and interview strategies, such as how to dress appropriately for job interviews.

Your child can continue to receive these great benefits and services through out their entire life time.