Early Intervention Behavioral Support
Please note that these services can be office based working the caregivers and children as well as services can be provided consistently in the childcare setting to meet the needs of behaviors occurring in their natural environment. These are not consultative services but rather working one-on-one with the child in the environment that the behaviors are exhibited on an ongoing basis.
When looking at early intervention programs and models of treatment, please note that this is geared toward 3-6 years of age. The goal of early intervention is to support children and families where the child is experiencing challenges with self-regulation in multiple areas or domains to include the home, childcare setting, school and community.
Programs vary in approaches, but what they have in common is that parents are taught how to interact with their child in a positive way that is developmentally appropriate, and then then to set reasonable expectations for their child, and communicate those expectations in a way that makes it more likely their kids will listen to them. Parents learn a very consistent and predictable way to follow through when their kids do and don’t listen. They practice so often the response becomes automatic so they know how to react even in iffy situations or situations that seem like exceptions.
CSEFEL (Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning- evidenced based program that assists with strategies in the classroom to support transitions, following directions, attention, aggression, running away behaviors, routines.
Behavior/Task Systems: when working with children with multiple disabilities, we rely on visual support and predictable routines to help support children with behavioral concerns. As a clinician, my role is to support caregivers to learn how to develop consistent and visually appropriate task systems and strategies to increase routines, developmentally appropriate expectations and logical consequences/rewards.
Early intervention is important because it helps kids learn new behaviors before they’ve built up a whole lifestyle around bad habits and behaviors that create a very negative experience both at home and later at school. Kids need and want to have a positive relationship with their parents, other adults, and other kids, too. The earlier we can help them be effective at that, the happier and more successful they’re going to be.