Little Steps: Early Intervention Program

Little Steps: Early Intervention Program

Welcome! We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about our Little Steps: Early Intervention Program! Our classroom is conveniently located on the first floor of the Haworth Hall.

We strive to provide individualized, high-quality learning opportunities to children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our goal is to work collaboratively with each family and to help each child grow, develop, and achieve their full potential.

We offer:

  • An Early intensive behavioral intervention program to promote skill acquisition and decrease problem behavior
  • Enrollment for children ages 2 ½ through 7 with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, or Fragile X.
  • 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 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Our program follows the university semester schedule and is closed during fall and spring breaks, intersessions, and all university holidays.

Little Steps was founded by Claudia Dozier, Ph.D., BCBA, and Pamela Neidert, Ph.D., BCBA, who are faculty in the Applied Behavior Sciences (ABS) Department at the University of Kansas. Both faculty specialize in intervention, education, and research in the area of skill acquisition and treatment of problem behavior in young children with special needs. They currently serve as faculty advisors for Little Steps.

Our program is staffed by student teachers who are working toward a degree in Applied Behavioral Science. Graduate students directly supervise undergraduate student teachers working in the program. Little Steps teachers and staff provide individualized curriculum to promote socially significant behavior change. This includes social skills, communication and language skills, independent self-care skills, gross and fine motor skills, pre-academic skills, and behavioral intervention to decrease problem behavior. Little Steps teachers and staff also provide family support which includes parent training, community resource information, progress reports, and daily communication journals.   

Tuition fees may vary. For additional information, please contact the program coordinator at: 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
  • Every child has the ability to learn when provided with individualized instruction and an environment tailored to his or her individual needs
  • Early intervention is key to achieving best outcomes for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It can have a profound effect on the quality of life and level of independence
  • Each child deserves an education designed to promote strengths and address weaknesses in order to help reach his or her full potential
  • Children can learn appropriate social behaviors and effective communication to increase participation in their home, school and community


  • Social skills
  • Communication and language skills
  • Independent self-care skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Pre-academic skills

Behavioral Intervention

  • Skill assessments to determine behavioral strengths and weaknesses
  • Functional assessment and treatment of problem behavior
  • Individualized teaching to meet the needs of each child
  • Objective measurement of progress for evaluation and modification of a child’s curriculum

Family Support

  • Parent training workshops and support group
  • Sibling training and education
  • Community resource information
  • Progress reports
  • Daily communication journal
  • Navigation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) with school districts
Little Steps: Early Intervention Program
Edna A. Hill Child Development Center
4001 Dole, 1000 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Claudia Dozier, Ph.D., BCBA

Pamela Neidet, Ph.D., BCBA

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