Ascend Autism’s early intervention program provides in-home care for younger children who demonstrate signs of autism. We tailor our program to each child’s unique needs and offer a wide range of learning opportunities and activities.
If you are looking for an early intervention program, contact us today. Our board-certified behavioral analysts can assess your child and provide the right intervention program that helps your child learn and grow. Contact our team today to find out more about our autism spectrum disorder treatment programs.
What Is Early Intervention for Autism?
There is no strict definition of “early intervention” in relation to autism spectrum disorder. Studies have shown that children as young as 18 months can benefit from therapy, although the more subtle signs of ASD may elude a doctor’s eye until the child is older. However, depending on what state you live in, it is not necessary to have a medical diagnosis of ASD to begin addressing suspected problems.
Lacking a doctor’s diagnosis can make the decision to start your child on an early intervention program seem premature or unnecessary. In the case of autism, however, it can make all the difference. Early intervention for autism is particularly effective in children as young as two because their brain is still forming. At this critical stage in a child’s development, treatment is more likely to have long-term effects on the child’s ultimate progress. Although rare, early intervention can be so effective that a child could potentially lose their ASD diagnosis altogether.
A Profile of Early Intervention
Early intervention typically begins with an assessment of the child with a focus on their unique abilities and challenges. A specialist (often a psychologist, pediatrician or developmental pediatrician) performs the assessment by asking the parents questions and observing and interacting with the child. Following this initial intake or screening, the specialist will determine if it is necessary to solicit the help of other ASD specialists. Regardless, an ASD specialist will then formulate a plan for treatment that will include methods of treatment and desired goals or milestones of treatment.
Early intervention for autism may use several different therapies, but among the most popular—and most effective—is applied behavior analysis (ABA). During the course of ABA therapy, specialists will observe how an individual behaves in real-life situations. Then, they will intervene when appropriate to improve socially significant functions. Interventions help to:
- Encourage positive behaviors
- Discourage negative behaviors
- Maintain appropriate behaviors (i.e., self-control)
- Transfer behaviors from one scenario to another
- Restrict conditions for negative behaviors
Early intervention programs focus on developing the types of skills typically associated with the first two or three years of life, such as physical control, cognitive ability, social skills, emotional regulation, and communication.
Early Intervention Assessment
Once your child has an autism diagnosis, we conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment. The assessment helps us to determine the best approach for your child’s stage of development and how best to utilize Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The assessment includes:
Identifying Your Child’s Unique Needs
Every child in our early intervention program is unique. We try to identify their individual differences, family environment, and resources available to them. Our goal is to meet your child where they are and start from there.
Determining Developmental Needs
Your child has a set of strengths and challenges. They have developmental needs and challenges during the early stages of autism. We determine the best path for your child’s learning based on their strengths and challenges.
Helping Your Child Overcome Challenges
We provide treatment and education for parents to help your child meet their goals. Our specialists work with you to assist your child as they overcome specific challenges. We employ proven methods, like natural environment teaching, that promotes real progress at home and in your child’s natural environment.
Developing a Long-Term Plan for Success
Ascend Autism’s early intervention program prepares your child for long-term success throughout their life. We use a practical approach in every area of our treatment and education. When you partner with us, you will see real results that promote a healthy and happy life.
Why We Use Applied Behavior Analysis in Our Early Intervention Program
ABA is an evidence-based therapy that we use as part of our treatment programs, including our early intervention program. The analysis helps us to understand how your child’s behavior works and how it affects the world around them. It also gives us insight into how your child learns new things.
There are several benefits to a treatment program centered around Applied Behavior Analysis, such as:
- ABA can improve a child’s language and ability to communicate.
- This type of therapy sharpens children’s focus, social skills, and academic performance.
- ABA can also drastically reduce behavioral problems.
Services We Offer for Autism
The early intervention program provides treatment for children 18 months to seven years old. We offer a wide range of therapy programs that are all based in ABA, including:
- Early intervention
- Targeted intervention
- School consultation
- Social skills group activities
- Parental training
Our services are designed to provide best-in-class therapy for your child and engage parents every step of the way. We offer flexible hours depending on the severity of the autism symptoms and the age of your child.
How We Can Help Your Child with Autism
There are several tools and strategies that we use to help your child, such as:
- Working with toys and educational resources to stimulate human interaction
- Repetition with day-to-day tasks
- Teaching positive interaction with others
- Coordinating with your child’s school to create a collaborative effort
Everything we do is geared toward measurable success and favorable outcomes. We partner with you to create a loving and stimulating atmosphere for your child. Our programs begin at home to focus on our child’s natural environment and eventually transition to situations and interactions found outside of the home.
Schedule a Consultation at Ascend Autism Today
The team at Ascend Autism is dedicated to providing the highest level of treatment for your child. Our early intervention program offers a nurturing environment where they can learn and grow. Find out more about our early intervention program today by calling us at 877.323.8668 or completing our secure online form.