Programs & Services

740-349-1629 • 119 Union St., Newark 43055


 
Flying Colors Programs & Services
Flying Colors Public Preschool provides a broad range of services designed for the many educational and social needs of children today.
 
General Education Preschool
A half-day program; AM or PM session, Mondays through Thursdays for 3- and 4-year-old children taught by a licensed early childhood teacher with assistance from a paraprofessional. The most appropriate classroom placement for your child is determined by many factors, such as personality, learning style, interests, bussing needs, gender, temperament and family schedule. There is a fee for children to attend this program, but there is the possibility of grant funds from the Ohio Department of Education for reduced fees depending on family income and school district of residence. Also, Licking County Jobs and Family Services provides child care subsidies to Flying Colors if the parent is working or attending schooling. 
 
Specialized Social Skill Training and School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions
We use a comprehensive system to promote positive behavior and interactions among students and have tiered levels of programs to help children develop great social skills.
 
Autism and Social Communication Services
We provide comprehensive, social-behavioral program for students, ages 2 ½ – 6, who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or significant communication and social emotional deficits. Our program uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and play therapy to increase children's socialization, communication and attending skills and to decrease inappropriate behaviors. Direct one on one group intervention is provided by staff members who have been trained in ABA, Discrete Trial Therapy, Positive Behavior Support, Relationship-based Intervention and Picture Exchange Communication System. Teaching methods and behavioral strategies are individualized and adjusted regularly to meet the needs of each child. We call this intensive, personalized and intentional instruction "IDI".
 
Our focus is 1) to increase each child's competence, confidence and independence in group and social situations; 2) lay the foundation for each child to become a productive, happy and functioning member of society in an intrinsically fulfilling way and; 3) to capitalize on each child's natural strengths and interests, while teaching new strategies for addressing weaker areas.

A team of professionals collaborate regularly to ensure that the socialization, play, communication, and behavioral needs of the child are being addressed across both home and school environments. The team includes a behavioral specialist consultant, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, special education teachers, behavior intervention aides, parents and family members.
 
Child Find and Comprehensive Evaluations
We are a central contact point in the county for information, Child Find activities and referrals for children who are suspected of having a disability. Child Find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating all children from age three to twenty-one who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability.
 
Our experienced and award-winning staff provide support, answer questions, listen to your concerns and conduct a full, and comprehensive evaluation for children from age 2 and a half to age 5. The evaluation team may include some, if not all of the following individuals: school psychologist, speech/language therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, intervention specialist, school counselor, social-behavior specialist, early education teacher and your school district's representative. We see the parent/guardian as an essential and important member of the evaluation team. The team carefully observes a child in play situations and provide their assessments in a written report that is shared with the parent or guardian. If the team agrees that a disability exists, then an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is customized for the child's needs. At that point, we also determine with the parents the best locations for services to be provided.
 
Special Needs Classrooms
The Intervention Cassroom is taught by a licensed Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Special Education Teacher) with assistance from a paraprofessional. The teacher provides individual and intentional instruction within a fully inclusive setting. While our curriculum is the foundation of instruction, IEP goals and individual students strengths and challenges are specifically addressed. Any therapies are provided within the school setting and as part of the school day. Therapy goals and progress are shared with the classroom staff for "carry-over" in the classroom and home. Since we believe that "all children are more alike than different," enrollment in the classroom includes an equal number of typically developing children. The classrooms are in session mornings and afternoons, Mondays through Thursdays. There is no cost for a child to attend if the child has a current IEP. There is a cost for the typical peer to attend.
 
The Incredible Years Program®
FOR STUDENTS: Selected students have weekly sessions, called Dinosaur School, during school hours to learn socially appropriate behavior and emotional responses to common social situations. A specific evidenced based social skill curriculum is utilized. The skills are carried over to the classroom and "homework" is provided to inform parents and for practice in the home and community.

FOR PARENTS: We understand that parenting is one of the hardest jobs an adult will ever undertake. So, the parent component provides parent support and strategies in a small group, low-key manner. The parent program offers a seminar series on a weekly basis Parents have praised this program as the most helpful information they have received for parenting and feeling good about themselves as parents. There is no cost associated with either program, since local funds and grants offset costs of the programs. Areas on which this program focuses:
  • Building a positive relationship with your child
  • Using praise and rewards
  • Setting effective limits and dealing with non-compliance
  • Handling misbehavior, using time-out, and preventing problem behavior
  • Managing your own frustration and anger
 
Resources for Parents and Professionals
Parent Groups, Parent Advisory Council, Presentations available on topics such as-Sensory Processing, Assistive Technology, Child Behavior Management, Special Education and more.
 
 
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