Dream Big COVID-19 Information

Our Centers

Our play-based and child-focused centers are what make Dream Big unique! We offer a welcoming, inclusive, environment where everyone belongs.

Our Centers

Typical ABA centers feel clinical and more like going to the doctor’s office. Here at Dream Big, our centers are warm, welcoming, and created with a child in mind. Our centers feature play kitchens, a sandbox filled with dinosaurs, a room for sensory play, and endless activities for your little one.

The Early Intervention program in our centers is for children 6 years of age and younger. This unique program is based on Applied Behavior Analysis in a natural environment with a focus on play and positive behavior interventions. 

We take pride in making Dream Big the cleanest, safest environment for your child! We have extensive measures in place in light of COVID-19 and continue to go above and beyond what is recommended. We do all we can to ensure the health and safety of our staff and the children we serve. All of our staff are wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing, disinfecting and constantly cleaning. We also use block scheduling to limit our occupancy and allow time in the middle of the day to deep clean. 

We can’t wait to see you at one of our centers! 

The Dream Big Way

The purpose of the Dream Big Early Intervention program is to increase the child’s global developmental skills in the areas of cognition, communication, socialization, self-help, and gross motor, fine motor, and attending. Parents and families are an integral part of our program! Our goal is to educate and train parents and caregivers so that they may implement the interventions throughout the child’s day, further improving the child’s development. We have a multidisciplinary team approach that includes consultation with a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist! Our program is an inclusive, community based program set in a children’s play center that is open to the public. Inclusion is central to our philosophy, and our goal is to have all children who attend our center to integrate and learn together. Our program aims to provide cultural diversity and inclusion of all cultures and beliefs, and we incorporate the family’s individual culture, beliefs and traditions within our program!

The specific goals and purposes are to:

  • Increase the child’s skills in the areas of cognition, communication, socialization, self-help, gross motor, fine motor and attending.
  • Teach the child pivotal behaviors including motivation, responsivity to multiple cues, self-management, and social initiations that will lead to widespread collateral improvements in the global domains.
  • Teach parents, families and caregivers the necessary skills so that they can teach their children and target their child’s goals on their own.
  • Teach parents and caregivers methods of reducing interfering behaviors while increasing appropriate alternative behaviors.
  • Decrease the child’s behaviors that interfere with their integration into the community as well as their daily lives and the lives of their families.
  • Increase the child’s repertoire of replacement behaviors that will replace interfering behaviors.
  • Integrate the child into an inclusive, community-based setting. 

Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on evidence-based strategies including Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on Pivotal Response Training. Pivotal Response Training, also known as Natural Environment Teaching, focuses on teaching pivotal skills that will result in widespread collateral improvements in the areas of physical and motor development, cognition, language and speech, psychosocial development, and self-help. All clinical goals are individualized and developmentally appropriate for the individual child!

Schedule

In order to keep our centers safe for everyone, we are offering block scheduling to keep our classes small, which also allows us to give more of the attention your kids deserve. Here is what our scheduling will look like across all locations!

Monday-Friday

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Half Day)

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Half Day)

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Full Day)

Saturday

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

A day in the life of each center:
What our days look like

Morning Session

8:30 Say goodbye to parents, put belongings away, start with play in center

8:45-10:00 Instructional time targeting goals in structured or play based formats

9:30-10:30 Morning Snack (currently done in shifts due to physical distancing)

10:00-10:15 Circle time 

10:15-10:30 Group activity- Sensory activity, art, interactive music/dance/walks outside

10:30-12:00 Instructional time targeting goals in structured or play based formats

12:00-12:30 Lunch/play in center (targeting self help and social skills)

12:30 Departures (full day children continue with instructional time)

Afternoon Session

1:00  Say goodbye to parents, put belongings away, start with play in center

1:15-2:30 Instructional time targeting goals in structured or play based formats

1:30-3:00 Afternoon Snack  (currently done in shifts due to physical distancing)

2:30-2:45 Circle Time 

2:45-3:00 Group activity- Sensory activity, art, interactive music/dance/walks outside

3:00-5:00 Instructional time targeting goals in structured or play based formats

5:00 Departures

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FAQ

ABA is a type of therapy that can improve social, communication, and learning skills through positive reinforcement in a fun, inclusive environment. 

We will begin services after the assessment process, and a therapist becomes available.  

Once a behavior consultant conducts an assessment with your child, a clinical recommendation of hours per week will be made.   

Yes, each child has a 1:1 therapist that is assigned to them to target their specific programs. 

Yes, all the staff at Dream Big get their background checked.

Yes, social skills are a primary goal in center sessions. Therapists collaborate, teaching their clients to socialize and achieve social skills objectives.

Meet the Team

Cristina Cordeiro

Founder & CEO

Deanna Bishop

Director of Play Centers

Stephanie Garkow

Director of ABA Services

Elena Briceno

Regional Director Monrovia

Casey Corsaro

Ontario Center Manager

Morgan Joyner

Monrovia Center Manager
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Dream Big is a member of CASP

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