What is the Early Intervention Program?
The Early Intervention program in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders focuses on improving language, social, pre-academic, academic, and daily living skills (e.g., potty training), as well as, replacing problem behavior. Each child moves through the program based on his or her individual needs.
Hundreds of research investigations published in peer-reviewed journals have documented the success of the treatment approach used at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. An emphasis is placed on treating and replacing the core symptoms of autism. It is our goal to regularly meet 80-100% of objectives. In almost all cases, the treatments developed are equally effective in the child’s natural environment at the time of completion of the program.
What Type of Services are Offered?
The Early Intervention program offers a continuum of services including evaluation, school consultation, clinic-based intervention, and home-based program development.
The amount of weekly, clinic-based hours depends on the needs of the child and scheduling availability. The amount of treatment ranges from 1½ hours, three days a week to 3 hours, five days a week.
Caregivers and members of the behavioral team attend regularly scheduled formal goal meetings to assess the child’s progress and develop new measurable goals. Primary therapists maintain ongoing contact with caregivers between goal periods to discuss the child’s progress and address questions.
Who does the Early Intervention Program Serve?
The program provides specialized services to children ages 2–10 who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or another developmental disability. Clients vary in functioning levels. Some children are in the initial stages of learning while others display advanced language skills but exhibit deficits in social interactions with peers.
What Treatment Approach is Used?
During therapy sessions, evidence-based strategies are used to train a variety of skills. Trained therapists implement behavioral procedures based on developmental and behavior-analytic principles. Programs take place across settings ranging from individualized work at a desk to naturalistic play interactions with adults and/or peers. Progress is continuously monitored as data are graphed, reviewed, and analyzed by therapists and supervising psychologists. Data are used to guide program development and refine interventions. Once skills are mastered, they are practiced periodically to make sure children maintain them. The skill is practiced in different settings to ensure the skill occurs in a variety of environments and with a variety of people. Psychologists with specialty training oversee all therapy sessions.
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