Early Intervention

Special Instruction (CBRS)
The focus of CBRS/Special Instruction is placed on teaching the family the skills to incorporate teaching techniques effectively throughout the child’s daily routine. Autism Achievement Unlimited, Inc.’s Infant Toddler Family Specialists will model techniques to encourage language use and skill development, observe the parents/caregivers using the techniques, and provide specific feedback on how to best implement the strategies for each individual child. Data is collected on all target skills so that progress can be tracked objectively and strategies can be changed when they are not working.

Scientifically proven strategies are taught to increase communication and ensure the children served develop the basic foundational skills for ongoing learning. At Autism Achievement Unlimited, Inc. we use a Child-Initiated, Adult Directed approach. We follow each child’s interests and motivations to teach functional communication as well as Learning Readiness Skills, such as Gross Motor Imitation, Imitating Actions with Objects, Following Simple Commands, and Eye Contact/Joint Attention through play and social interaction. Communication is a top priority and is addressed through the repeated practice of prompting appropriate requests (oral, sign, gesture, picture exchange, etc.) and the provision of immediate reinforcement in the form of what the child requested. Inappropriate forms of requesting, such as crying, whining, hitting, or grabbing are not reinforced so the child learns to use an appropriate form of communication. Situations will be set up during play to ensure repeated practice with making successful requests.

North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP)

Autism Achievement Unlimited, Inc. is contracted with the Winston-Salem Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA)/Amos Cottage to provide CBRS/Special Instruction services in Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties. This program serves children from birth to three years of age who have a developmental delay or established condition (a diagnosed health condition that will likely cause a developmental delay). For more information on eligibility go to http://www.beearly.nc.gov/index.php/families/eligible.

Contact Information: from http://www.beearly.nc.gov/index.php/contact/cdsa.

   Tiffany Van Newkirk  tnewkirk@wakehealth.edu

   3325 Silas Creek Parkway

   Winston-Salem, NC 27103

   Phone: 336-716-2372

   Fax: 336-768-4330