S.T.A.G.E.S. of Learning Center



Winter is coming ...

The chill is in the air~

Please bring a pair of indoor slippers, hats, mittens, and a change of clothes for your little ones <3


We want to ....

keep everyone safe! S.T.A.G.E.S. of Learning would like to keep the front door of the Preschool locked during school hours. We will get a doorbell installed as soon as possible.
Sickness. Please notify the therapist, as much in advance as possible, at least the night, before the scheduled session if you know that your child (or other children in your home) will not be able to participate in the program the next day due to illness.

Sickness includes, but not limited to the following:

    • Temperature above 100 • Mumps • Pin Worm

    • Communicable Disease • Chicken Pox • Strep Throat

    • Foot/Mouth Disease • Measles • Lice

    • Vomit • Diarrhea • Rash

    • Pink Eye

    Parents are asked to use the same guidelines used in a school – if a child (or sibling) is too sick to attend school, he or she is too sick to participate in his/her therapy session.

    Therapy will resume as soon as the child’s doctor clears him/her of being contagious or the remedy is completed. If a therapist arrives at the home and the child is sick, the therapist will not be able to work with your child. We reserve the right to bill the family for sessions cancelled without 24 hours’ notice.

    Just a reminder, Please call the office if your child receives ABA in the school setting and will be out for the day.

    Preschool Curriculum

    The STAR Program and Links Curriculum span pre-school through post-secondary grade levels. These curricula provide districts with a comprehensive district-wide solution to ensure consistency among staff, clear student objectives, and effective student progress monitoring that translates into data-based decision making.

    In Detail---

    Arrival: Per the STAR Curriculum, our preschoolers are working on independently removing their shoes, jackets, hats, etc., and putting them in their cubbies. Our therapists encourage and assist as needed to help them successfully complete the task and begin their day at school.

    Free Play: During free play, our staff uses each opportunity to assist our students in sharing and taking turns. Staff will also facilitate group games and activities, such as puzzles, rolling a ball, and “feed the monster.” We encourage active learning experiences through play, and our therapists are able to work on individual goals during this time.

    Circle Time: Our students actively participate in circle time routine, including identifying the date, counting, weather, checking into school, school rules, and singing songs. Our interactions during circle time enhance social skills and awareness of others.

    Table Time: Twice a day, our students benefit from our one-on-one ratio to work on their individualized treatment plans at the table.

    Art: Everyday, our students are working on an art project. We are incorporating a range of sensory items such as cotton balls and finger paints.

    Walk: We walk outside as a large group everyday. While outside, our students work on tolerating clothing items they may not like, and we also include activities such as counting cars or identifying colors. Here, our students again work on getting their clothing for a walk, taking it off and putting away, and safely walking with the staff member.

    Centers: We have recently begun to incorporate centers into our day. For now, 1-2 areas are designated for the students to play together and remain in area for the duration of the time. As time goes on, we will incorporate more centers and include student’s choice.

    Bathroom/wash hands: Our students are working on independence in the bathroom, from adjusting their own clothing to following the steps to effectively wash their hands.

    Snack/lunch: During snack and lunch times, our students sit at a table together to eat. They are learning to remain seated, and only eat at the table, as well as cleaning up after themselves.

    Departure: Our day ends in a closing circle. We sing goodbye songs and say goodbye to our friends and teachers, leading into a smooth transition to put on shoes and jackets to wait for parents in a designated area.

    Transitions: Each student has a visual schedule set up in the classroom. As a transition occurs, the teacher presents each student with a “check schedule” card. This signals to child that it is time to transition. The “check schedule” card is brought to the visual schedule area and placed in an envelope with a matching symbol. Student then takes the next symbol on their schedule and moves to the correct area, such as circle area for circle time or group table for lunch. Card is placed in an envelope with a matching symbol, then student waits for activity. Over the past few weeks, our students have greatly improved their transition times and we have added more activities to their visual schedules.

    Along with each child’s treatment plan, we are following the STAR curriculum to work on our daily functional routines. Our students currently work on arrival, departure, transitions, snack, walk, bathroom, washing hands, working with a teacher, and circle time.

    PK schedule

    arrival/ free time

    circle time

    1:1 table time

    Structured group activity: Art/ Cooking/ Science

    Structured Exercise


    Free Time

    Centers and Group games

    1:1 table time

    Bathroom Break

    Lunch (Morning Session)

    Free Play/ Closing Circle/ pack up


    Monthly Parent and Individual training groups will be offered beginning October 18 at 7pm-8pm.

    Group Training will take place at the clinic the third Tuesday of each month, topics will vary. We will also use the parts of curriculum and book "Power of Positive Parenting: A Wonderful Way to Raise Children" by Dr. Glenn Latham. Please RSVP by Monday OCTOBER 17.

    Individual Sessions consist of training on your child's programs, program and progress review. BCBA/ BCABA's are available every month to meet with parents; This is optional but we would like to meet with parents quarterly at a minimum. Please email your BCBA to set an appointment. If you are unsure which BCBA/ BCABA is the case manager, please email bxmatters@gmail.com to request a time or call the office 907-726-5330. Sessions typically last 45 minutes.

    Tonya Shangraw: toshka73@gmail.com (Alaska)

    Kelly Forestal: kellyf.bxm@gmail.com (Alaska)

    Melodie Radcliffe: melodie.stages@gmail.com (Alaska)

    Rebeka Edge: behaviormatters@gmail.com (Alaska. California and Nebraska)

    School Holidays for Students

    Sep 5 Labor Day

    Nov 23-25 Thanksgiving Break

    Dec 22-Jan 6 Christmas Break

    Jan 16 Martin Luther King Day

    Feb 20 Presidents Day

    March 13-17 Spring Break

    May 29 Memorial Day

    July 3-21 Summer Break

    Early dismissal

    Student (school age) Day Program only


    Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 22,

    Dec 16, Jan 20, Feb 16, Mar 10,

    Apr 21, May 26, June 16 & 30

    BEHAVIOR MATTERS & S.T.A.G.E.S. of Learning Center, LLC

    Alaska 16941 N. Eagle River Loop Rd., Eagle River, AK 99577

    Nebraska 7200 S. 84th St. LaVista, NE 68128