Research indicates that early intervention for children with developmental disabilities results in the best outcomes for growth and development. Imagine provides comprehensive, evidence-based early intervention services for children up to 5 years of age. Intervention may be provided across a variety of settings including the child’s home, one of our Imagine centers, preschool and/or local day care centers.
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), 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.
Imagine adheres to a positive behavior support model in which behavior are shaped and changed through the use of carefully crafted reinforcement procedures. 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:
• Discrete Trial Instruction
• Picture Exchanged Communication Training
• Functional Communication Training
• Augmentative Communication Training
• Natural Environment Instruction
• Direct Instruction
• Fluency Based Instruction
Imagine 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 Imagine 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 each and every therapy session with the goal of teaching families to effectively and independently engage and support their child.