Early Days utilizes the Early Start Denver Model, which is an evidence-based intervention for young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Early Days playGroups offer parents tools and a supportive environment to work on their child’s early developmental needs. At the same time, the groups provide support, education, and community involvement for families and children. The main goals of the Early Start Denver Model are to bring the child into interactive social relations for most of their waking hours, so that social attention, imitation and communication can be developed and learning through social experiences can occur. Parents are taught to choose materials, activities and routines that are enjoyable and interesting for their child. By reading their cues and following their interests, play routines that add meaning and predictability for their child are developed. Parents are taught to develop joint activity routines that are designed to build skills and “fill in” current gaps for the child.
In the Early Days Parent Playgroup, parents attend education sessions every week that follow the An Early Start for Your Child with Autism curriculum written by Rogers, Dawson & Vismara to build their skills in incorporating the Early Start Denver Model approach into their natural caretaking and family routines as well as play activities throughout the day with their child. Parents and Children also attend weekly playGroup sessions to receive hands-on coaching to encourage practice of the weekly teaching topics. For those children who show interest and skills in playing with other children within the group, parents are taught how to support peer interactions that facilitate peer interaction skills. Sessions are 12 weeks long.
The goals of the Early Days PlayGroups are to empower parents by increasing their knowledge and tools in teaching their child, promoting a positive parent-child relationship and sense of personal accomplishment, and generalizing the skills the child has learned from within everyday family activities into the community.
• Early Days Autism Center is located just off Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova.
• Early Days Parent and PlayGroup program is available for parents or primary care providers of children
ages 12 -48 months of age.
• Early Days Parent and PlayGroup program is especially designed for newly diagnosed children but is also helpful to children participating in other interventions and for parents who want to increase their ability to interact with their child.
• Children are assessed at intake and exit using the ESDM Curriculum tool.
• Early Days vendorization is as and Early Autism Treatment, Service Code 048