BBA Programs


At a Glance

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Therapeutic Programs

We offer individual speech and occupational therapy services, small group classes, Black Bear Buddies, and Social Language/Pragmatic Group Programs. All of our therapeutic classes are taught by licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists with very small teacher to student ratios. We treat clinical challenges related, but not limited, to:

  • Verbal apraxia
  • Feeding disorders
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Expressive/Receptive language deficits
  • Expressive language delays
  • Social pragmatics skills
  • Intelligibility
  • Auditory processing
  • Sensory regulation
  • Executive functioning
  • Self-directed, egocentric behaviors
  • Classroom/group participation
  • Academic learning
  • Program structure and transitions

In addition, our therapeutic enrichment staff is trained to supplement our clinical services in both class and individual sessions.


Pre Academic Program

Our Pre Academic program refers to children from 18 months to 4.0 years of age that are typically developing. In this program your child’s play is facilitated by our instructors to increase developmental readiness for future developmental, academic, and social milestones by improving language skills, increasing core vocabulary, and facilitating healthy neurological maturation.

Classes for the Pre Academic program include:

  • 18-24 Month – 18-24 months
  • Two-Hour 2s – 2 years old
  • Three-Hour 2s – 2 years old
  • Three-Hour 3s – 3 –4 years old


Extended Day

Should you choose to, additional course work is available in the mornings and afternoons by joining our ED Program. This allows for academic parents to choose a half-day or full day program or a morning ballet class for your Lil’ Guy!

ED course work includes:

Academic Rotation (focusing on Math, Science, Handwriting and Literacy)

Physical Education, Cooking, Sports, Fine Arts, Yoga, Dance, Language Play, Heave Ho and so much more!


Academic Program

Our Academic program optimizes the strong communicative-cognitive skills developed in our Pre Academic program with a curriculum based academic structure designed to successfully prepare our students for first grade. Classes include Introduction to Kindergarten Ideas, Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten.

This program is intended to facilitate exceptional learning in core knowledge areas such as:

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Technology

Class size is a maximum of twelve students and differential instruction is applied so that each child is operating at their maximum potential. Our goal is to reduce “gate keeping” on learning and let children get exposure to levels of learning that are determined by their aptitude, not their age.


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This Week In… Summer Camp – Week 5

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July 28th Activities

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August 1st Activities

August 1st Activities


Summer Session Spotlight Week 2


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Summer Session Spotlight – Week 1


We hope everyone had a pleasant and safe 4th of July weekend.

Following are spotlight pics from Week 1 of BBA’s Summer Session 2014.  What a fun time.


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BBA Summer Camp 2014 – Opening Day Snippits


Jason Kollum Juggler


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BBA Summer Camp Calendar 2014


Are you getting excited?!

Didn’t get your child(ren) registered?  Well, it’s not too late!  Openings are still available.

For information on how to sign up for Summer Camp 2014, click here.

or call (773) 244-0500,

or email:


(773) 244-0500

Graduation Videos – BBA 2014


Congrats to BBA’s 2014 Graduates!!!!


2014 Graduate Congrats Cover and Newsfeed Post

Swing over to our Facebook Page for more pictures.  (Click here.)

June 12th Performing Arts Videos


Following are videos from yesterday evening’s performances:

Academy of Performing Arts…


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