Early Start Program
The Importance of Early Start:
Scientists have determined that the brain’s ability to learn new skills decreases with age. By the time a child is 3 years old, the brain will reach nearly 80% of its adult size . Working with young children creates the best opportunities to advance their development, create stronger neural connections, and expand their capabilities with new skills that they will use throughout the rest of their life.
Early Childhood Developmental Methodologies:
We use the core concepts of child development identified as the ‘best practices’ across various fields. All of our teaching methods are specific to the needs of each child, their family, and their developmental levels. Each lesson is designed to make the most of the child's daily experiences, resulting in the improvement of cognitive, motor, social-emotional, communication and adaptive skills.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):
Applied Behavior Analysis is the science of human behavior, and its therapy is considered an evidence-based ‘best practice’ treatment by the US Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association. To develop the child’s abilities, ABA interventions break each skill into smaller, systematic steps that are taught and shaped with individualized and behavior specific conditions, such as a type of reinforcement that appeals particularly to your child. Applied Behavior Analysis methods are used to increase language and communication, improve attention and social skills, and aid in academics along with decreasing problem behaviors.
Battelle Developmental Inventory™, Second Edition (BDI-2): The BDI-2 is a standardized assessment tool that evaluates a child's progress within the “developmental continuum” across Cognitive, Communication, Motor, Adaptive and Personal-Social domains.
Early Start Denver Model Checklist (ESDMC): The ESDMC is a criterion referenced tool used to comprehensively assess a child’s skills across multiple developmental domains. Information from the ESDMC allows service providers to identify skills in strength and in need of further development in relation to chronological age. The ESDMC is administered every 8 to 12 weeks to closely monitor progress and drive curriculum selection & development.
Each skill targeted is addressed via implementation of lessons specific to that skill. All lessons implemented are done so within a format that adheres to child development and or ABA ‘best practices’. The curriculums listed below are utilized in order to ensure creation and implementation of lessons that are developmentally appropriate.
Transdisciplinary Play-Based Intervention 2 (TPBI2): An intervention tool that is linked to assessment, it is used to assist childhood professionals in creating developmentally appropriate and customized play-based interventions. The TPBI2 is an appropriate tool to use for children 0 to 6 years old, formed to enhance development across sensorimotor, emotional-social, communication and cognitive domains.
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for Young Children with Autism (Rogers & Geral
dine, 2009): The ESDM is a comprehensive intervention model that incorporates aspects from three empirically supported models of intervention: Applied Behavior Analysis, Pivotal Response Training and the Denver Model. It was developed for intensive delivery of comprehensive early intervention service for infants and toddlers 12 to 48 months of age.
The Life Applied team is composed of a multi-disciplinary group of highly qualified professionals with experience related to the fields of Education, Child Development, and Psychology.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Speech & Language Pathologists (SLP), Occupational Therapists (OT), Program Managers, Early Intervention Direct Service Specialists.