Classroom Programming

Dream is a full-day language based class that focuses on improving complex functions in a larger group setting. Dream is just one of the ways The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is improving skills for children with autism.

dream-kg-2Child/Staff Ratio

  • 10 children/2 adults (masters level special educator and bachelor’s level classroom assistant)
  • 7.5 hours of integrated speech-language pathology services per week
  • 5 hours of behavior consultation per week by BCBA or BCaBA


  • 6 hours per day, 9:00-3:00
  • 5 days per week

Prerequisite Skills

  • Demonstrates some classroom readiness skills; sitting in a group, orienting towards adult, raising hand, answering a question, managing personal belongings
  • Rote academic skills; identify letters, numbers, shapes, colors
  • Participates as part of a larger group of peers for short amount of time
  • Participates in a structured conversation for at least two turns
  • Cooperatively plays with at least one peer for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • Follows two-step related directions

dream-js-wa_Target Skills

  • Improve attending skills in a larger group
  • Increase independence
  • Phonics
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science/ Social Studies
  • Handwriting
  • Improve complexity, function, and rate of spontaneous language
  • Complete complex tasks independently and in small groups
  • Improve pretends/symbolic play skills, play collaboratively, play multiple games
  • Improve social exchanges with peers, including conversation skills
  • Reading Comprehension skills by participating in our Connect XYZ program

Curriculums & Programs Utilized

  • Maryland Common Core Curriculum
  • Orton-Gillingham
  • Seeing Stars
  • Handwriting without Tears
  • Talkies or Visualizing and Verbalizing
  • Touch Math, Touch Money, Touch Time
  • News2You
If you dream of your child fulfilling his or her academic potential, submit the “Request Information” form or call us at 410-517-1113 for more details about how to enroll your child at The Shafer Center for Early Intervention.