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Center for Autism and the Developing Brain

2. Young Preschoolers Program

(ages 3-4 years)

After the diagnostic assessment, families who have a preschooler who is currently enrolled in a school setting, our 12 week parent-child group program is recommended. At the onset of this program, children participate in an assessment utilizing the Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist to assist the therapist in setting appropriate goals for the child.

What goals are addressed?

Our treatment team works with families and their preschooler to address a variety of behavioral needs:

  • building language and social-communication skills (e.g., pointing and other joint attention behaviors)
  • developing cooperative and independent play
  • strengthening adaptive/functional skills (e.g., toileting and eating)
  • increasing peer relationships
  • decreasing maladaptive behaviors (e.g., hitting)
What does the program look like?

Children come to the center up to three times a week with their parent or caregiver (with additional hours available depending on the needs of the child, where a family lives, and parents/caregivers' interest in participating in group activities).

Each visit involves:

  • parents attend a weekly didactic group emphasizing skills related to building language, social communication, play, and behavior management.
  • parents and their child meet with a therapist individually where parents are coached to practice with their child the skills taught in the group setting.
  • children may also receive additional therapy to address social and expressive communication deficits, and behavior treatment planning.

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Center for Autism and the Developing Brain
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Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY
10605
Tel.: (914) 997-5848
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