Kansas Early Autism Program (KEAP)


Welcome! We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the Kansas Early Autism Program (KEAP)! Our classroom is conveniently located on the first floor of the Haworth Hall.

Our focus at KEAP is your child. All of our programming is individualized based on each child’s needs. We use evidence-based assessments and interventions to help your child reach his or her goals. We strive to identify what motivates your child, and arrange his or her learning environment to promote success. 

We offer:

  • An Early intensive behavioral intervention program
  • Enrollment for children ages 2 ½ through 8 who have deficits related to autism spectrum disorder
  • One-on-one ABA intervention involving individualized, evidence-based assessment and intervention to increase appropriate skills (e.g., communication, social skills, pre-academic skills, self-care skills) and decrease challenging behavior

We operate from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Our program follows the university semester schedule and is closed during fall and spring breaks, intersessions, and all university holidays.

Jim Sherman serves as the faculty supervisor of the KEAP program. Our program is staffed by student teachers who are pursuing a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and specializing in Early Childhood Education. Graduate students directly supervise undergraduate student teachers working in the program.

We emphasize developing skills that are meaningful for each child. Skills we target include:

  • Social and friendship skills
  • Communication skills and language development
  • Independent self-help skills, such as mealtime skills, teeth brushing, and other personal hygiene skills
  • Academic skills, including math, reading, and writing
  • Play skills

Tuition fees may vary. For additional information, please contact the program coordinator at: cdcinfo@ku.edu or 785-864-3498.

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of applying interventions based on principles of learning and motivation to promote socially significant behavior change and to demonstrate that the interventions are responsible for these behavior changes. Over the past 50 years, thousands of published studies have documented the effectiveness of ABA for increasing numerous skills and decreasing challenging behaviors.

Why choose an ABA program?

We focus on the individual child, taking into consideration their unique abilities, individual interests, and family's priorities to develop an individualized curriculum intervention plan. We provide a low student-to-teacher ratio allowing individual instruction for each child. Research shows that those children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive early, individualized ABA intervention have a greater chance for future success.

Core Values
  • Continuous communication from your child’s teacher and supervisor
  • Parent meetings to review progress and develop goals
  • Support in IEP meetings and continued help with the transition into school
Kansas Early Autism Program KEAP
Edna A. Hill Child Development Center
4001 Dole, 1000 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Email: cdcinfo@ku.edu

(785) 864-3498
Edna A. Hill Child Development Center
1000 Sunnyside
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045