for ages 2-12
Stepping Stones is a program where your child (approximate ages 2-12) works one on one with a behavior therapist to build social, communication and behavioral skills with the goal of preparing your child for inclusion opportunities. Stepping Stones provides one Board Certified Behavior Analyst for every 5-7 cases and provides extensive individualized treatment plans focused on addressing the core deficits of autism as well as the needs of the family.
Our entire program is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a research-based treatment proven to be most effective for individuals on the autism spectrum. Data collection and analysis are an integral part of every client’s treatment plan to ensure that the treatment we are providing is working and to help us make adjustments as needed. We have programs with different levels of support to ensure placement is the least restrictive setting possible for each client.
At Stepping Stones we care about the progress your child makes and the progress you make as a family. To prepare your child for inclusion into mainstream settings and help them develop the skills they need to succeed, we focus on the following areas:
- Language, communication and social skills
- Executive functioning skills
- Maintaining appropriate behavior
- Requesting and responding to peers
- Social interactions across multiple settings
- Self-help skills
- Safety skills
Our behavior therapists also work on providing extensive generalization of skills, beginning in the clinic and moving to the appropriate community based setting, including facilitating haircuts, medical treatments, dental appointments, peer activities etc. A significant emphasis of our programs is inclusion in the community and a focus on skills that can be applied to a client’s everyday life. Quality of life for the client and their family is of utmost importance, and safety and independence are our top priority for every client. All children have the use of an iPad and we offer individualized parent, sibling and caregiver training so that continuity of care and generalization of skills can be achieved. Parent participation is a program requirement and is vital to your child’s success.
Including Kids, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color or ethnic or national origin in the administration of its policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or any other programs which it administers.