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Ladybug – Babies

Ladybug RoomBabies
(Typically Babies ages 6 weeks - 12 months)

Maximum Class Size:  8 Students
Teacher-to-Student Ratio:  1 to 4
Curriculum:  Baby time: Family Enrichment Program Infant Curriculum

 

Classroom Concepts:

Develop the continuum of gross motor skills including rolling over, sitting up, crawling, cruising and walking.
Establish social interaction with peers.
Acquire early communication skills including baby sign language and beginning word productions.
Transition from liquid to solid diets; introduction of new foods.
Introduce infants to music with peers and very early classroom experiences (art play, reading books, games etc.).
Establish predictable routines.

Added Values of the Ladybug Room

Development screenings conducted twice a year, once in the beginning of the school year and once in the late spring, to assess student progress and growth.  This allows teachers to assess skill levels and target specific developmental deficits for each child.  Daily communication is sent home with each child regarding activities, behavior, sleep routines, etc.

Curriculum:
Baby Time:  Family Enrichment Program Infant Curriculum is designed to capitalize on how a baby's daily routines can serve as the basis of learning, throughout the day.  Activities are centered around daily routines, as well as on special play time, talking time, and cuddling routines.  Baby sign gestures are introduced in this program to promote early and healthy communication.

Classrooms utilize a multi-sensory approach to learning, incorporating sensory activities daily.

In regards to discipline, first and foremost, a positive-praise theme is used in order to foster good behavior within the classroom.  Redirection is also used consistently in our classrooms.  If behavior issues persist, the teachers work closely with the parents and our therapy staff to create an individualized behavior management/modification plan for the child.

Ladybug Schedule
7:00 - 9:00 am  Arrival/Free Centers/Morning Bottles/Diaper Change
9:00 - 9:30 am Outside/Inside Play
9:30 - 10:00 am Diaper Change/Prepare for Nap
9:30 - 11:00 am Nap for Younger Children/Activity/Free Play
11:00 - 11:30 am Diaper Change
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 pm Diaper Change
1:00 - 3:00 pm Nap
3:00 - 4:00 pm Diaper Change/Snacks/Bottles
4:00 - 5:30 pm Active Play
5:30 - 6:00 pm Prepare to go home
*Diapers are changed when necessary, or every 2 hours, whichever comes first, or as requested by parents.
  • Upcoming Events

    1. Talbots In-Store Fundraiser

      August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    2. Special Needs All Access Night at Discovery Center

      August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. Great Americana BBQ Festival

      August 26 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    4. Special Saturdays at Christ Presbyterian Church

      September 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    5. High Hopes Family Picnic

      September 15 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    6. Free Autism Workshop at Vanderbilt

      September 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Meet our Elle.  Born in June 2010, Elle was six weeks early and spent almost two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit learning to eat properly and gain weight.  At six months, we began noticing Elle was not meeting typical goals, like rolling over.  At 14 months, Elle still wasn't pulling up or talking, so we contacted Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) who said Elle had a Global Development Delay and recommended High Hopes.

    Elle began physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy weekly at High Hopes' Therapy Clinic at 16 months of age.  Shortly after, Elle began attending High Hopes' Preschool and ...


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    We had a friend recommend High Hopes and we began seeing a feeding therapist there.  The feeding therapist was so sweet and patient with us as we learned how to teach this phenomenon we call "eating."  We worked together empowering Anaya to do it and she made incredible improvement!  After 6 months at High Hopes Anaya became completely independent of the tube.  Within one year of  Anaya being home, she had her t...


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    Caleb is our little fighter and has always had several guardian angels watching over him.  We came home from the hospital with no idea whether our son would walk, talk, eat well, or function as a typically-developing child.  We only knew we wanted to provide him with the best resources possible.  We sincerely believe it was one of those guardian angels who led us to be introdu...


    A Journey of Success ~ Caroline

    Our journey with High Hopes began in January 2006.  After relocating to Nashville, we were looking for a place for daycare and therapy for our then eight-month old daughter, Caroline, who was born with Down syndrome.  What we found in High Hopes was so much more.

    Because of its unique setting, High Hopes has provided Caroline with a nurturing and caring atmosphere where she not only has gone to school, but also has received the many therapies she needs to thrive.  It gave us the comfort of knowing she was being cared for by compassionate teachers and therapists in a safe environment.  It was important that what Caroline was learning and workin...


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    Grayson was born with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  His withdrawals were so severe, he was in the hospital for three and a half months and was considered one of the worst cases of withdrawals that the nurses at Vanderbilt had ever seen.   As a result of his birth circumstances, Grayson often experienced respiratory distress and was diagnosed as significantly developmentally delayed.

    At 7 months, Grayson began receiving Physical, Occupational, Speech and Feeding therapies at The Therapy Clinic at High Hopes.  His therapists encouraged and supported the family while working to overcome so many obstacles and celebrated alongside them when they were...


    Meet Hatcher

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    When we arrived at High Hopes, we found help,...


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