Early Intervention

Research indicates that early, high intensity intervention, often birth to five years old may have the best outcomes for improving your child’s development.
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What Are “Early Intervention” Services?

Autistic children often grapple with challenges in crucial developmental areas such as social skills and communication. Early intervention is a pivotal service that takes a comprehensive approach and tailors therapy programs to each child’s unique needs. In addressing social difficulties, therapists utilize evidence-based techniques like structured play and social skills training. These interventions aim to equip children with the skills needed to navigate social interactions, build relationships, and foster connections with peers. Early intervention thus becomes a catalyst for positive social development, laying the groundwork for future success.

Communication skills represent another vital facet of early intervention for autism. Many children with ASD encounter delays in speech and language development, impacting their ability to express thoughts and needs. Early intervention programs employ a multifaceted approach, incorporating speech therapy and alternative communication strategies. By addressing these challenges early on, children with autism can overcome communication barriers, reducing frustration and enhancing their overall quality of life. In this way, early intervention becomes a key driver in facilitating effective communication skills in children on the autism spectrum.

Comprehensive early intervention programs transcend singular developmental areas, adopting a holistic approach that encompasses social skills, communication, problem behavior management, and daily living skills. Therapists work collaboratively with parents to implement strategies that not only address challenging behaviors but also enhance a child’s ability to function independently in daily life. By recognizing the interconnectedness of various developmental domains, these programs create a positive feedback loop, where progress in one area reinforces advancements in others. Early intervention, therefore, emerges as a proactive and comprehensive strategy, empowering children with autism to navigate the complexities of life and fostering a path towards a more inclusive future.

Benefits of Early Intervention

Beginning a Path of Progress

Research indicates that children who undergo high intensity early intervention treatment (from birth to five years old) may have the best outcomes in improving development. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only therapy approved by the U.S. Surgeon General in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and is the cornerstone methodology ALP employs in any early intervention program.

We apply natural environment training, using a child’s preferred activities to teach foundational skills during early developmental stages. For young children, this is play. Our clinical staff are trained to follow your child’s lead while they play with items and use these as opportunities to teach important skills.

Targeting Multiple Developmental Areas

Areas of development affected can include social skills, communication skills, and daily living skills. Services provided to individuals with autism includes focused 1:1 therapy programs and comprehensive programs that work across multiple developmental areas such as communication, socials skills, managing problem behavior, and daily living skills.

Tracking Milestones

When a child receives early intervention services, they have regular and consistent access to a behavioral team who look for specific milestones and track the progress of learning new skills. When a deficiency is detected early by a behavior professional, there is an improved likelihood of reducing this deficiency with dedicated support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I meet the staff (my Behavior Technician) before my child’s treatment begins?

    Yes. Your designated clinical supervisor will review our Client Partnership Agreement with you in person and introduce you to our treatment approach. You will have the opportunity to meet the rest of your team as they work with you and become familiar with your child.

  • Do you diagnose?

    Yes. We offer onsite diagnostic services in several of our regions. Please get in touch with our intake department to determine if your region offers onsite diagnostic services or to request a list of diagnostic community partners in your area at (888) 805-0759 ext. 276.

  • Do I have to be present while my child is receiving services?

    Family participation is vital for a child to make progress. Your clinical team will recommend a level of participation they determine is necessary. We encourage parents to sit in on sessions as often as they can. You are not required to participate in all ABA sessions; however, a caregiver over the age of 18 must be at home for the duration of each session. For clinic-based appointments, the child may be dropped off.

  • Do you provide a blended treatment option (e.g. half in home and half in a clinic)?

    At many locations we offer clinic and home-based services, however, not all locations have a clinic at this time. Please reach out to your Intake Coordinator for more information regarding the services that are available in your area.

  • Do you require a minimum number of hours?

    Yes. We require parents to commit to what is medically necessary for their child to make progress. Your BCBA will prescribe a level of service (number of weekly hours) based on your child’s needs that will lead to the best opportunity for behavioral improvements.

  • Does my child need an autism diagnosis to get ABA services?

    Insurance companies will authorize Applied Behavior Analysis services when a child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If your child does not have a diagnosis of ASD, you can choose to pay for services privately.

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