Early intervention makes a difference
When children are newly diagnosed and families may be unclear about where to turn, SARRC provides early intervention and parent education programs to help families at the start of their journey in the new Kemper & Ethel Marley Jumpstart Training and Resource Center.
Families can receive continued support through programs centered at the Sybil B. Harrington Campus for Exceptional Children, including the SARRC Community School, where early intervention work helps children become ready for kindergarten and beyond through one of its four inclusive classrooms.
Comprehensive Behavioral Program (All ages)
The Comprehensive Behavioral Program provides intensive, ABA intervention across environments to meet the needs of children with ASD and their families. Treatment is primarily implemented in a child’s home and community, and often coordinated with the child’s school.
Families receive a weekly parent training session, several weekly 1:1 intervention sessions, program management, and supervision from a BCBA. Individualized goals are developed in coordination with the child’s family, and focus on language, social, adaptive behavior, play, and cognitive development.
To learn more about our Comprehensive Behavioral Program, please contact Yvonne Jurrens at 480.269.8849 or YJurrens@autismcenter.org
JumpStart® (ages 0-6 years old)
JumpStart provides state-of-the-art information, support, and training for parents of children up to age 6 who have recently been diagnosed with or are at risk for ASD. Parents receive information on the most critical topics for families of newly diagnosed children. They learn about characteristics of ASD, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and how to begin improving communication, reducing problem behaviors, accessing state services, and coordinating with service providers.
In addition to information learned a didactic format, families receive hands-on training by skilled clinicians in the implementation of evidence-based interventions. JumpStart is offered in two formats including in-person sessions and a hybrid format which includes online and in-person sessions.
Community School (ages 18 months-5 years old)
An inclusive preschool program that provides intensive, ABA-based programming for children with ASD and high-quality early childhood education for typically developing children. All children ages 18 months to 5 years participate in one of four classrooms: Toddler, Preschool One, Preschool Two, and Pre-K. We have the lowest student-teacher ratios and the best-prepared teachers in the Valley.
Typically developing children receive high-quality education, with flexible scheduling, affordable tuition, and the option for all-day care. Children with ASD also receive 1:1 interventions in the classroom, weekly parent training sessions, and program supervision from a BCBA.
Parent Training Program (ages 6 months-6 years old)
Education, Training and Consultation at SARRC empowers parents and caregivers by providing the tools needed to help teach their children communication, social and play skills that will serve them across lifespan. Through coaching and hands-on practice, parents and caregivers will gain skills using naturalistic evidence-based strategies. Parents and clinicians will collaborate to identify specific child goals. We offer a variety of short-term opportunities in both group and individual formats to best fit the needs of each family we serve.