The Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green is running a new program aimed at serving young children with autism. The Ready Program specializes in instruction, speech, occupational and physical therapies, family education and home programming to improve social, cognitive and communication skills for children ages 3 to 5 who have been diagnosed with autism.
Lauren Miller, the pediatric clinical coordinator at Wood County Hospital shares her enthusiasm for the program. “This program is brand new and was developed to meet a need in the South Toledo area. What’s unique is that the program tries to target readiness so that children with autism can transfer to regular classrooms.”
The Ready Program is distinctive in its blending of the clinical model of healthcare with the educational model of a preschool setting in order to give the children a rounded effort of intervention and learning. “My favorite aspect of the program is that it is a blend of both a clinical and educational philosophy,” Miller said.
The goal is to provide support and prepare children as they move up to elementary school. The classes are limited to six students per class and will allow the licensed intervention specialist to have quality one-on-one interaction to facilitate a smooth transition to kindergarten, taking into consideration each child’s own personal needs and abilities.
The Ready Program is also providing parent networking opportunities and parent training and support with the local schools the children are transitioning to.