SEEDS (Starting Early: Eating and Developmental Skills)
The SEEDS program treats children ages 2 to 10 years with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental disability.
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Children in this program receive individualized, one-on-one feeding and other developmental/behavioral services within a classroom. They attend either the morning (9:30am-12:30pm) or afternoon (1:30-4:30pm) session, usually 5 days per week. Children typically stay in SEEDS until their feeding goals are met.
Patients in this program work with a behavior analyst and behavior technicians.
The SEEDS program is different because the primary focus is on feeding issues, and the behavior analyst and behavior technicians are experts in assessing and treating feeding problems. In addition, the teaching that happens between feeding sessions focuses on 1) the development of communication, social, and self-care skills (toileting, dressing, tooth brushing) and 2) reducing challenging behavior (such as aggression) rather than a broad, comprehensive range of skills that is typical in other early intervention ABA programs.
Most parents drop their child off at the SEEDS program as they would for school, although parents are always welcome to stay and observe. Some parent involvement, though, is crucial for children to meet their goals. In the SEEDS program, caregivers attend one 45-60 minute outpatient appointment per week with the behavior analyst in order to get updates, ask questions, and work directly on feeding with their child.