Building Blocks Center for Children with Autism is an accredited private school for children age 2 to 14 with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Building Blocks was established in 2004 as a division of the Center for Pediatric Therapies. Our school is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education and accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities.
Our curriculum is uniquely designed based on each child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Building Blocks recognizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as the research-based method for successful treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Intensive instruction significantly increases the chances for gains in intellectual and social development.
In addition to ABA, we utilize a variety of teaching modalities, including but not limited to:
- Verbal Behavior (VB)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Natural Environment Teaching/Play Therapy
- Social Skills Group/Social Stories
- Sensory Integration
The Building Blocks school prioritizes the following educational objectives:
- to teach students how to correctly discriminate among different stimuli
- to teach students how to follow expressed requests
- to assist in the development of expressive language schools
- to move students toward meaningful social interaction
- to facilitate continued educational experiences in other environments
Admissions Requirements and Procedures
Building Blocks supports equal opportunity and has open enrollment to children who have autism regardless of race, creed, gender or ethnicity. Due to the intensive individualized nature of programs, enrollment is designed for children with a primary diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children enrolled in Building Blocks must be within the ages of 2 to 14 years of age. Families of children enrolled in Building Blocks must complete a Parent Agreement Form acknowledging commitment to the belief system employed by Building Blocks and must demonstrate strong potential for follow through and carryover with home programs. A copy of each child’s most recent evaluation, current IEP, and any other pertinent medical information confirming the diagnosis is required for admission. Confirmation of a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder is maintained as part of each student’s records.
Applications for admission to Building Blocks are available from the Directors and are reviewed to make final admission decisions. If Building Blocks has reached full capacity or is presented with a student in which staff do not have the expertise to serve, we will make alternate recommendations or refer that family back to their LEA. An admission letter will be sent to the family and LEA, when appropriate, during the admission process to inform them of the child’s acceptance into the program.
Extended School Year (ESY) Summer Program
The Extended School Year (ESY) Program is open to children age 2 to 14 with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Children do not have to be admitted to our private day school in order to be eligible for the ESY summer program. The summer program typically runs from mid-June through early August. Summer program offerings include invidual sessions, group sessions, and social skills training.
Educating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders requires qualified and highly trained individuals working together with families.
Building Blocks Center for Children with Autism
175 Deer Run Road, Danville, VA 24540
Phone: (434) 797-5531
Fax: (434 797-5529