CARD I, for 0-8 year olds

By: Center For Autism  06-Dec-2011

Therapy programs: CARD I
Lesson Areas and Sample Targeted Skills for Individuals 0 - 8

Following the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, we developed a treatment approach for children with autism, up to age eight, that focuses on minimizing challenging behaviors and maximizing skill acquisition.   Once new behaviors are mastered, we focus on generalization with the goal of transitioning each child into the mainstream educational system.  If necessary, we also provide school shadowing services so children have the support they need in the classroom.

Challenging Goals; Trackable Progress

We teach self-help and safety skills, build language and communication, as well as an array of advanced skills such as theory of mind, social skills, and executive functioning.  With the input of parents and the child’s caregivers, we set challenging goals for our team and the child and track progress on each skill domain carefully.  The chart below gives more details about our curriculum areas. 

The program is developed and managed by a highly trained CARD supervisor who tailors the program to each child’s needs.  A team of therapists implements the plan and participates in training and team meetings to ensure consistency. The entire treatment team, including all caregivers (mom, dad, grandparents, and siblings) is invited to participate in regular “clinic meetings” designed to review the child’s progress, train on new techniques and add lessons to the program.