The other day our wonderful consultant Stacy Asay came to chat. Stacy has been working with young children in early intervention for 15 years. Whenever we look at new products or books, we always ask her to give us an opinion on its value to teaching children on the autism spectrum.
We were discussing the benefits of Early Intervention – what kids on the spectrum are like when they are two years old and the amazing skills and capabilities that they acquire through applied behavior analysis and verbal behavior teaching. Children who can’t make words or eye contact at 2 are able to hold long discussions about their favorite topics at 4.
As Abigail and I started thinking about the astounding success that these children have been making over the years, it dawned on us that our mission here at Different Roads is being fulfilled by these kids!
Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with autism, giving them tools needed to find success in gaining independence. We just figured out that by the time our pre-school students get to a school age program, they know how to label, ask questions and do math. What they need is guidance in social skills.
We are amazed by the progress of so many of our young students…..we know that our products have made a difference and we’re so happy to share in each child’s success. Many of you have stories of these successes. We hope that you will find the time to share stories of the new capabilities and skills that your child has acquired through early intervention.