Little Steps: Early Intervention Program

Our classroom is conveniently located on the first floor of Haworth Hall.
Teacher and child smiling and playing on playground equiptment outside
Kids sitting on floor and playing with marbles
Teacher and child smiling and holding art

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
  • An environment that fosters an active approach to challenging prejudice, stereotyping, and bias through teaching inclusion and anti-bias 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 Science (ABS) Department at the University of Kansas. Both faculty specialize in intervention, education, and research in the area of skill acquisition and treatment of challenging behavior in young children.

This program is overseen by three faculty supervisors: Drs. Claudia Dozier, Pamela Neidert, and Kelley Harrison, and the program coordinator, Erin Herschell. The program is staffed by practicum students who are working toward a degree in Applied Behavioral Science. A full-time lead therapist and graduate students directly supervise undergraduate practicum students working in the program. Little Steps staff provide intensive behavioral intervention through 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 challenging behavior. Little Steps staff also provide family support which includes parent coaching and support, sibling training and education, 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.

Little Steps: Early Intervention Program

Contact Edna A. Hill Child Development Center

(785) 864-3498

1001 Dole Human Development Center, University of Kansas, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045