Early Intervention

The focus is on reducing disruptive behaviors and teaching appropriate communication.

An early intervention method can help children with autism improve their language and behavioural skills. We focus on very young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our early intervention program helps families and schools that are impacted by autism. Our team of autism behavioural therapists provides compassionate, expert care to children with autism and other developmental disabilities with a particular focus on early intervention for children between infancy and age five. We also offer support for children who need help transitioning to school-based learning. Our early intervention programs use the methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to help your child learn age and developmentally appropriate language and learning skills. Instruction is individualized in one on one or small group settings.

Our early intervention therapists teach children with autism by breaking a target skill into smaller parts, practicing each part in isolation, and then gradually adding the pieces together to build a complex behaviour. With early intervention disruptive behaviors are often avoided, reduced, or eliminated as the focus is on teaching appropriate communication  Although it looks more like play than education, this approach can help build language, cognitive, motor and daily living skills. Therapists also train parents to use these strategies.

 

Smarty Kindergarten is a great place for my son to start his schooling experience. He loves being there, especially loves Spanish classes with Mrs. Strickland!

Tasha Castagna

Our early intervention programs use the methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help your child learn age- and developmentally appropriate language and learning skills. Instruction is individualized in one-on-one or small group settings and provided by our well-experienced therapists.

Research has shown that early intervention can improve a child’s overall development. Children who receive autism-appropriate education and support at key developmental stages are more likely to gain essential social skills and react better in society. Essentially, early detection can provide an autistic child with the potential for a better life.

Verbal Behavior

Language development

Discrete Trial Training

Incidental Teaching

Positive Behavior Support

Errorless Teaching

Fluency Building

Communication training

Ongoing Program Evaluation

 

ABA  treatment addresses a range of difficulties associated with autism spectrum disorder including, communication skills, imitation skills, cognitive skills, daily living skills, play and social skills, gross and fine motor skills, behavioral regulation, and safety skills. Treatment for young children, based on the best practices and research, helps children gain important skills that will allow them to participate in home, school, and community activities meaningfully.

 

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