Early Autism Treatment
Our E.A.T. Programs encompass research-based practices such as Discrete Trial Training and Activity Based Intervention. We work to make our in-home services fit with each family’s ecology and schedule, and develop programs that meet the individual needs of each child. We strive to create partnerships with each family in addition to collaborating with other professionals. A consistent program that allows family members to play an active role in the interventions implemented is of utmost importance.
The Early Intervention Behavior Treatment (EIBT) Program is designed to serve children ages 18-48 months at intake. The anticipated during of Learning Solutions EIBT program averages three years, transitioning between two and a half to three years to an Early Autism Treatment Program focusing on functional adaptive skills or parent coaching. Recommended intensity is based upon individual needs and best practice research ranging from 25-40 hours depending on age. The EIBT program addresses deficits and excesses in motor, communication, adaptive, social and emotional, cognitive, and behavioral domains. Learning Solutions’ anticipated outcomes for an EIBT program include independence within their home and learning environment and for parents to demonstrate the ability to continue with skill acquisition and maintenance and have a grasp of basic behavior intervention principles.
Programs typically taught within the EAT program may include:
• Adaptive: Toilet training, hand washing, dressing, novel foods
• Cognitive: Imitation, categorization, pre-academic skills (colors, shapes, number/letter ID)
• Social: Greetings, independent play, turn taking, sharing
• Social-Communication: PECS, verbal imitation, Receptive/expressive object labeling
• Fine Motor: Three point grasp, pointing, drawing/coloring
• Gross motor: Ball play, riding a bike, maneuvering play equipment
The EAT program also address behavior excesses and deficits including but not limited to: Tantrums, aggression, spitting, response refusals, vocal stereotypy, hand flapping, etc. Direct observations and data collection will be taken by well-trained staff in order to identify hypothesized functions and design behavior plans to address each maladaptive behavior. Each behavior plan will be designed to work with the family’s ecology and is individualized for each child depending on the rate and severity of the behavior of concern. Each antecedent manipulation, intervention and consequence strategy will be closely monitored for effectiveness and functionality.