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services for children with autism

Early Start (0-3 Years Old)

Our services for children with autism are uniquely designed for each child. The early start program is catered for infants and toddlers (0-3 years old) at risk for developmental delays. These individuals may not have a formal diagnosis but may not meet their developmental milestones.

Research shows that the earlier a child receives treatment, the more likely they are to experience better outcomes in terms of socialization, communication, and meeting other developmental milestones.

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Important Milestones

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6 Months
  • Babbles
  • Smiles at caregivers
  • Grabs at items
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12 Months
  • Imitates animal sounds/noises
  • Plays with cause and effect toys
  • Begins to self feed
  • Enjoys simple games like peek-a-boo
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18 Months
  • Demonstrates simple pretend play skills
  • Follows one-step directions
  • Has a vocabulary of approximately 50 words
  • Drinks from a cup without a lid
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2 years
  • Notices when others are hurt/upset
  • Sorts shapes and colors
  • Says at least 2-word phrases (e.g., “eat cookie”)
  • Answers simple questions
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3 years
  • Has 2 or more back and forth conversational exchanges
  • Uses utensils during mealtime
  • Asks “who”, “what”, and “where” questions

Focus On The family

Early Intervention brings enhanced parent-child bonding and communication. You will have a better understanding of child's needs and behaviors.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Receive continuous guidance through consultation sessions with a dedicated BCBA, speech therapist, and occupational therapist, effectively addressing a wide range of deficits for comprehensive progress.

Evidence-Based Program

Program focuses on teaching broader skills that help the child to not only meet current milestones, but to be equipped to learn and meet future milestones.

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Spectrum Behavioral Therapies | ABA Therapy Orange County, CA

Empowering Early Growth: Nurturing Developmental Milestones through Early Intervention Services

When your young child demonstrates developmental delays across one or many areas, it is common to worry about how you can help them meet their milestones. For example, a child may not look when their name is called or may not be understanding or saying words by their first birthday.
Early intervention services are available for children who do not have an autism diagnosis but display these delays. Sessions involve teaching foundational skills that prepare young children to learn as they continue to grow.
A registered behavior technician will teach through capturing and contriving opportunities for the child to learn things like vocal and non-vocal imitation, understanding and following directions, and increasing socialization attempts and responses. By focusing on these “learning to learn” skills, the goal is for the child to learn from their environment outside of and after early intervention.
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What’s the difference between early intervention via RCOC and Direct ABA?

Our services for children with autism are a great benefit for your child. Early intervention services focus more on “readiness to learn” skills, which allow the child to learn from their environment (i.e., imitation, following directions, engaging with developmentally appropriate toys). These skills are addressed with the ultimate goal for the child to meet developmental milestones, then continue meeting further milestones as they come. Direct ABA addresses more in-depth skills that follow a curriculum based on the child’s specific deficits (i.e., learning levels of friendship for a child who does not demonstrate the concept of strangers vs. safe friends/families). Direct ABA also has a deeper emphasis on behavior modification.

Early Intervention Skills We Can Help With
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We are here to help you with any questions you might have surrounding ABA Therapy.

This program is designed to help your child begin meeting milestones by age 3 and not require further support thereafter. If the child continues to demonstrate delays at age 3, it may be recommended to seek an evaluation for autism or other disorders. If you are interested in seeking an evaluation, you can get a referral from your pediatrician.
Direct ABA therapy is available for children under 3 who have a diagnosis of autism. Early intervention is not accessible to those with a diagnosis of autism, however, these foundational goals can be addressed during direct ABA as well.
Parent participation during early intervention sessions is critical so you can use the strategies provided to you within sessions to continue teaching outside of sessions and maximize the progress of your child. You are your little one’s most important teacher, so it is key to their success that these sessions are used to support you.
Early intervention sessions can take place as few as 2 times per week or as many as 5 times per week and session length can be 1.5-3 hours long. Session frequency and duration will depend on the number of early intervention hours that are recommended during assessment and other factors.
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