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Early Intervention and Diagnostic Services

 

CADI: Collaborative Autism Diagnosis and Intervention Program

Early intervention improves outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Developmental Milestones
Signs of autism are often present before a child reaches two years of age. Below is a list of important developmental milestones to look for as your child grows:

  • Shares interest or enjoyment through eye gaze
  • Responds by looking when name is called
  • Uses gestures to communicate
  • Uses coordinated non-verbal communication (combing eye gaze and word/gestures)
  • Plays with toys appropriately
  • Enjoys playing social games (peekaboo, pretend with dolls or stuffed animals)
  • Says at least 50 words
CADI Program Overview

The Els for Autism Foundation’s transdisciplinary CADI team of specialists includes professionals in the areas of special education, speech and language pathology, and applied behavior analysis. Our team of highly skilled professionals provides a comprehensive evaluation and report that is used in the development of treatment goals, as well as aid the family’s licensed medical professional in determining if a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is warranted.

Research has demonstrated that early intervention can improve social, cognitive, language and academic outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Els Autism for Foundation has developed a program to:

  • Increase access to comprehensive assessments for young children who are at risk for ASD or other developmental delays
  • Provide a report with a well-rounded description of the child’s unique strengths and weaknesses along with individualized recommendations for intervention
  • Collaborate with primary care physicians to promote a comprehensive diagnostic process
  • Offer evidence-based early intervention services
  • Guide families in navigating services and supports
Evaluation
  • Takes place over the course of two days
  • Standardized and informal assessments, including gold standard ASD diagnotic tools, will be administered to both the parent and the child
  • Assessment tools may include:
    • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
    • Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R)
    • Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL)
    • Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales-Developmental Profile (CSBS-DP)
    • Preschool Language Scales-Fifth Edition (PLS-5)
Reporting
  • Comprehensive final report of scores, impressions and recommendations for treatment is sent to the family. A meeting is conducted with the family to review the report.
Collaboration
  • CADI team members are available to accompany the family during a diagnostic visit with their primary care physician.

To download the CADI Program brochure click here

Contact: Christine Honsberger, MS, BCBA, Behavior Learning Services Specialist
Email: christine.honsberger@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9525

Spring into Action

Spring into Action programs are early learning services for children 18 to 36 months of age.  The most current evidence-based practices are used to make choices about the methods integrated into Spring into Action programs. Spring into Action is for children who:

  • Are at risk for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis (ASD)
  • Have received a diagnosis of ASD
  • Exhibit other developmental and/or communication delays
  • Do not have a diagnosis and are not at risk of receiving any diagnosis

The goal of the program is to bring together children with different skills; so that they can learn from each other. Receiving focused lessons in social communication, language, play and pre-academic skills will help all children when they move on to preschool. Parent involvement is key to the success of Spring into Action programs.

Contact: Erin Brooker Lozott, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Clinical Services
Email: erin.lozott@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9521

Spring into Action: Together

Spring into Action Together is a caregiver-implemented early intervention program for children 18 months to 3 years of age. The program is designed to support communication, social engagement, and play skills.  Caregivers will learn valuable strategies to support their child’s learning and growth, while participating in fun and structured classroom-based activities.

  • Four-week program
  • One hour sessions, twice per week
  • A minimum of 4 participants are required for groups
  • Participants must join us for the entire 4-week program
  • Payment in advance is required to secure your spot

Contact: Christine Honsberger, MS, BCBA, Behavior Learning Services Specialist
Email: christine.honsberger@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9525

Spring into Action: Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) Classroom

All procedures and interventions utilized by Spring into Action will be evidenced based. The National Standards Project reviewed the available research for a multitude of interventions and compiled a comprehensive list of the treatments available for individuals with autism. Spring into Action will only use those treatments that have been characterized as “established” according to the National Standards Report. In order for a treatment to be considered as established, it must have been thoroughly researched and have sufficient evidence to confidently state that these treatments are in fact effective for children with autism. The Spring into Action program will specifically use a Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment for Young Children (CBTYC). The key components to CBTYC are:

  • Intense services based on applied behavior analysis (e.g., the use of discrete trial and incidental teaching, error-less learning, and shaping)
  • Measurement to assess the effectiveness of the program
  • Services provided across a variety of settings
  • Low student-to-teacher ratios
  • Focus on the core symptoms of autism
  • Written guidance through treatment manuals and other materials.

The Spring into Action program will incorporate each of these elements into the program to create the most comprehensive early intervention program possible.

Contact: Dr. Jessica Weber, BCBA-D, Behavior Services Coordinator
Email: jessica.weber@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9522