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1. What are the hours of the school day?
BTLC currently offers an onsite morning preschool program Monday to Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. If it is determined that a child may benefit from full or partial integration, hours of school will vary depending on the placement chosen by the family.
2. What is your ratio of staff to students?
For our onsite program, one staff member generally assists one or two students. For children involved in offsite programs, one aide will accompany one child to his/her offsite school placement.
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3. How does the onsite classroom operate?
Our classroom models the structure of a typical classroom. Students will experience circle time, centers, snack time, music, etc; the difference is that these activities will be modified to work on each child’s individual goals. We also operate more hours (3 hours per day, 5 days per week) than most typical preschool classrooms. This allows us to provide higher intensity in our program, as research has shown that intensity will produce greater learning outcomes for children with developmental delays.
4. Besides classroom instruction and/or assistance, will my child receive any other services?
All children, regardless of whether they are in onsite or offsite classrooms, will have an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) created for them. They will also receive consultation from a combination of the following:
  • Behaviour Consultant
  • Family-Oriented Programming Consultant
  • Special Education Consultant
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
To learn more about these professionals, please see our team page.
5. Do you provide transportation?
No, we do not have transportation options at this time; it is the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from school. BTLC staff meet the children at the door each morning and bring them back to their parents at the end of the school day.
6. My child doesn’t have autism, but does have a developmental delay. Can we access your services?
While the majority of the children in our program have a diagnosis of autism, we do have the ability to tailor individual program goals to meet the needs of children with other developmental delays as well. Contact our administrator if you would like to discuss your child’s particular needs.
7. How long do students usually stay at BTLC?
That really depends on the child’s needs and how many years of PUF funding he or she has when starting with us. Some children stay with us for the full three years that they are eligible for PUF, and during that time they may progress from being fully onsite to integrating into placements at other schools. We will continue to work with children in our program until they reach school age; at that point, we will assist the family in transitioning to another program or school.
8. Is there a Specialized Services Program that you would recommend to complement BTLC's preschool program?
Many of the children in our program also qualify for funding for specialized services through Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD). BTLC is affiliated with an organization called Autism Partnership (AP), which designs and supervises FSCD-funded home programs for children with autism. We highly recommend contacting Autism Partnership for specialized services if your child attends BTLC. For more information about Autism Partnership, visit