ABA Early Intervention Program
We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about our program. The Little Steps ABA Early Intervention Program (Little Steps) provides individualized, high-quality learning opportunities to children with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to work collaboratively with each family and to help each child grow, develop, and achieve to their full potential
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.
Who We Are
Little Steps provides early intensive behavioral services to promote skill acquisition and decrease problem behavior. This program is part of the Edna A. Hill Child development Center in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. The program serves children, ages 2 ½ through 7 years, with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X, and mental retardation. Our classroom is conveniently located on the first floor of Haworth Hall and is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
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.
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 high student-to-teacher ratio allowing individual instruction for each child. Research shows that those children with developmental disabilities who receive early, individualized ABA intervention have a greater chance for future success.
- 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 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
- 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 evaluatation and modification of a child’s curriculum
- Monthly parent training workshops and support group
- Sibling training and education
- Community resources information
- Monthly progress reports
- Daily communication journal
Consistent with all of the programs in the Edna A. Hill Child Development Center, the mission of Little Steps is to provide service, training, and conduct research.
Little Steps provides evidence-based, individualized intervention and education for children with developmental disabilities. The goal is for our students to acquire the skills necessary for inclusion in public schools, independent living, and development of meaningful social relationships.
Little Steps recognizes the value of high-quality professionals and is dedicated to providing excellent training for both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing education in the field of behavior analysis and early intervention.
Little Steps values continued discovery of the best methods for providing intervention and education to persons with developmental disabilities through research, the results of which are disseminated through peer-reviewed publication and national presentations