Research indicates that early intervention for children with developmental disabilities results in the best outcomes for growth and development. IDS provides comprehensive, evidence-based early intervention services for children up to 6 years of age, and non-intensive services for school aged children into adulthood. Intervention may be provided across a variety of settings including the child’s home, one of our IDS centers, preschool and/or local day care centers, schools, and job locations. Settings may vary based on age, location and funding.

The Assessment:

Services begin with a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s developmental skills. Assessments tools may include, but are not limited to a thorough caregiver interview, review of all relevant evaluations, direct observation of the child, an adaptive rating scale, a criterion-referenced skills assessment (e.g., Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program, PEAK Relational Skills Assessment), and a functional behavior assessment. The comprehensive assessment aims to assess all potential areas for growth and developments with an emphasis on communication, social, behavioral and cognitive skills.

The Treatment Plan:

IDS adheres to a positive behavior support model in which behavior are shaped and changed through the use of carefully developed reinforcement procedures and interest based activities. The results of the comprehensive assessment are used to develop an individually tailored treatment plan that includes skill acquisition as well as behavior reduction when appropriate.

Interventions are evidence-based and are derived from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Approaches may include:

Family Involvement:

IDS aims to involve families and caregivers in every step of the therapeutic process. While it is beneficial for individuals to engage in new skills with their IDs team, it is vital that they are able to do so in their everyday lives.  Treatment planning includes parent instruction through modeling and hands-on instruction during therapy sessions and individual parent training sessions with the goal of teaching families to effectively and independently engage and support their child.

The clients in our autism treatment programs have ranged from toddlers through young adults, and our approach to intervention has always involved active participation by families.

IDS is a Certified Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, regulated by the Department of Heath Services and audited every 2 years by the Division of Quality Assurance-Behavioral Health Unit. Our clinical practices comply with Administrative Rule HFS 35.