Sadowsky Autism Services

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Early Intervention


The SAS early intervention programs employ evidence based teaching methods, such as natural environment teaching (NET) and discrete trial teaching (DT).  The methods used by SAS are effective in teaching a wide range of skills.  Our programs focus on five general areas for skill development: language skills, play skills/socialization, cognitive skills, motor skills, and self-help skills.  In each skill area, we begin with specific, challenging, yet realistic goals that form the building blocks for more complex skills.



SAS programs emphasize language development from the start.  We begin by focusing on developing an effective communication system for your child.  We use the analysis of verbal behavior (VB) to assess language and create appropriate language targets.  Initially, the focus on language programs is on requesting and imitating sounds and words.  As your child’s language progresses, the targets expand to include complex  labeling and conversation skills.


SAS programs focus on developing your child’s cognitive skills.  For many children this begins with spatial skills and learning colors, numbers and letters.  Eventually, we target age-appropriate reading and math skills.  SAS will collaborate with school staff to ensure a consistent, effective approach to teaching academic skills.


Play and socialization are critical areas of development for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders.  At SAS, we create individualized play goals based on your child’s strengths and interests.  Initially, our goals are to expand your child’s play repertoire and to increase your child’s interest in social play.  As your child’s skills develop, we incorporate peers into familiar, motivating activities.  This enables us to target social skills such as making play related statements, responding to peer initiations, and asking questions.


The SAS intervention programs include both fine and gross motor skill development.  Targets are selected based on your child’s age and individual needs.  Initially, we target imitation of gross motor and fine motor movements.  Eventually, we might target jumping, riding a bike, or playing t-ball as part of our gross motor program.  We might target cutting with scissors, writing letters or opening containers as part of our fine motor program.


Self help skills (known as activities of daily living) are imperative for your child’s increasing independence.  SAS programs teach a wide range of skills in this area to include potty training, dressing skills, and feeding skills.  As with all areas of program implementation, we will develop goals that are individualized to reflect the needs of your child and your family.