Meet the Staff
Director of Applied Behavior Analysis
Director of Support Services
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) uses evidence-based ABA interventions to treat the core components of an Autism diagnosis.** There are two main goals. The first goal is to teach a broad spectrum of crucial skills that help your child learn and succeed in his or her natural environment, communicate wants and needs, develop play and leisure skills, and interact with others. The second goal is to decrease challenging behaviors and other barriers to learning and development, such as repetitive behaviors or difficulties attending to people, things, or activities. We serve learners with a wide range of capabilities and learning curves, but the ultimate goals are the same – to push them to the next level of independence based on their unique needs and strengths, to give them the same rights and dignity as a typical child of their age of their age, and to maximize their future quality of life.
ABA-Based Preschool Structure – What will my child’s day include?
- ABA therapy – a significant portion of your child’s session will be 1:1 learning with an RBT using programs developed by your BCBA based on your input and skill assessments. This can look different for each child, but will involve some combination of natural learning opportunities (learning during play and fun activities) and more structured learning opportunities, such as table work. The details and proportions will depend on each child’s age and individual needs.
- Speech and Occupational – Preschoolers are encouraged to participate in speech therapy and/or OT. Your BCBA will collaborate with your child’s other therapists to incorporate their knowledge and increase consistency across therapies. Our Speech and Occupational therapists will also consult with the preschool team as a whole to create an environment that maximizes learning in their areas of expertise.
- Group and social skills in a preschool format:
- Group activities: Our kiddos are fun and adorable, but our goal is not to keep them forever! We want our learners to take the skills they learn with their RBTs out into the world and transition to less restrictive environments if and when they’re ready, such as school, daycare, gymnastics class, etc. We use scheduled group activities and our group skills curriculum to move learners from very basic skills such as sitting with peers and responding in a group to longer activities that mimic common preschool structure.
- Classroom routines: Your child will also be exposed to common school routines like managing belongings, lining up, and restroom routines.
- Social skills: One of the most important parts of life is friends and social interaction. Typically developing kids learn so much from play and their peers! With this in mind, we highly emphasize social and play skills. In addition to group activities that range from more academic (lesson on the number 2) to more fun (playing red light – green light), the preschool schedule includes “play dates.” Learners with complimentary social needs are paired up and, with the help of their RBTs, work on anything from simply learning that another child can be a source fun to independently participating in a cooperative game.
**Much of the ABA research is with Autism populations. However, ABA interventions have been effective for a variety of diagnosis. Accessing ABA intervention through Medicaid and Private Insurance requires an Autism diagnosis. Individuals can also access ABA intervention through the Indiana Medicaid Waiver.
Bridge to Home
Our preschool is a learning environment not only for children, but also for parents and staff. We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s development by providing a strong bridge to the home component of our program, which includes, but is not limited to:
- An expectation of parent involvement as a member of the treatment team.
- Bi-monthly-to-weekly home visits by the BCBA for home support and training.
- Bi-monthly parent workshops offered in the center.
- An open line of communication to your child’s treatment team.
- Opportunities for hands-on training in the preschool setting.
- Initial evaluation and quarterly reports to monitor your child’s progress.
Get Started? It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3 . . .
- Schedule a building tour and information session.
- Go through the insurance verification and authorization process with our full-time
insurance specialist and your child’s treatment team.
- Join a “pod” and start seeing your child grow today.