Dr. Ivy Chong discusses the importance of center-based services.
These early childhood services, based on ABA, target the core characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through interventions that focus on communication, social, play, and daily living skills. We tailor instruction to be developmentally appropriate for early learners and use materials, toys, and activities that are preferred by the child and family.
Parents whose children attend the center can receive parent training and consultation at the center or in their home. Parent consultation focuses on teaching parents to work with their children to reduce problematic behavior and generalize, or transfer, skills they learn at the center to their home setting.
What to expect:
An initial assessment is conducted to evaluate the child's current strengths and weaknesses. Both standardized testing and criterion assessments will be conducted, as needed, and reviewed with the family. Following the initial assessment, one-to-one treatment services are provided using a blend of discrete trial and naturalistic teaching strategies. The focus of intensive services is to ensure each child meets the communication and related goals necessary to participate in the least restrictive educational environment possible.