At Yikes Tikes CSLOT! we require parents to participate in the program with their child at least 25% of the time. Parent participation in therapy has been shown to make lasting improvements in a child’s development and therapeutic progress because it helps parents become the agents of change, reinforcing positive changes in the child within daily routines. Additionally, parent participation is positively associated with social adjustment and school performance. Studies show that parent involvement raises the aspirations parents have for their children, which encourages children to see themselves as capable of meeting them.
Our Reggio-inspired program features mixed-age classrooms because we believe that children benefit from interacting with children from different age groups. This classroom style creates a natural family environment and enhances opportunities for social and emotional learning. Our emergent curriculum recognizes the child as the primary agent of his or her own learning, and uses the child’s interests as a platform for further exploration, in a way that children find both satisfying and challenging. Our classroom leaders continuously listen and interpret the children’s ideas and interests, and use this listening to create opportunities for activities, play, and discovery. For more information about the Reggio Emilia approach, click here.