Early Intervention Services for Children - Birth to five years of age

Wilmington TEACCH Early Intervention services are provided to children who either have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or have been identified as being at risk with developmental concerns that may indicate the presence of an autism spectrum disorder.  If you are interested in any of the following clinical services provided by the Wilmington TEACCH Center, please call Kay Sanderlin, Office Manager at 910-251-5700, ext. 0 or 100.

In-Home TEACCHing for Children Under the Age of Three

This service consists of our early intervention Autism Specialist coming into the home for individualized parent teaching sessions. The therapist collaborates with the parent in developing teaching strategies in the areas of communication, social engagement, play, and overall learning skills as well as behavior management. These In-home sessions are available until the age of three years.

The goals for In-Home TEACCHing:
• For parents to understand their child’s strengths, interests, needs and learning style
• For parents to learn and be able to implement effective Structured Teaching strategies and to apply strategies to new areas as needed
• For the child to improve engagement with people and his/her environment through the addition of structure
• For the child to progress in development across the domains (e.g. communication, social, play, behavior, adaptive skills)
• To offer support, information and resources to the family

Early Intervention Group Parent Teaching Sessions for Children Under the Age of Three

This service consists of six to eight weekly 1½ hour sessions where three children and their parents attend and participate in hands on teaching activities. During Early Intervention Group, parents are taught to use structure to develop learning routines that promote their child’s communication, social engagement and overall attention and learning. Tasks are individualized and designed to promote social engagement and communication as well as develop other “ready to learn skills.” Children and parents rotate through the following classroom centers: social-communication & play, fine motor/cognitive, circle/group, inside and gross motor play, and snack. This group format provides opportunities for support and networking with other parents, as well as play and social opportunities for children in a small, structured group setting. The option of several in home sessions to help generalize these strategies to the home setting is also available.

GOALS for Group Parent Teaching Sessions
• For parents to understand their child’s strengths, interests, needs and learning style
• For parents to learn and be able to implement effective Structured Teaching strategies and to apply strategies to new areas as needed
• For the child to improve engagement with people and his/her environment through the addition of structure
• For the child to progress in development across the domains (e.g. communication, social, play, behavior, adaptive skills)
• To provide support and networking opportunities with other parents in a small group setting
• To provide play and social opportunities for children in a small, structured group setting

Group Parent-Child Teaching Sessions for 3-5 Year Olds

Parent Teaching Groups serve children ages three through five in a small group setting with parents present. Group size ranges from two to four children along with their parents in a classroom setting. Sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for parents to learn about strategies for teaching and supporting their child at home and in the community. Parents have an opportunity to interact and share experiences with each other. The group meets for 1-1½ hours, once a week, for four to six weeks.

Teaching strategies focus on:
• building communication
• making transitions easier
• improving social interaction and expanding play
• developing self help skills
• addressing behavioral concerns