Early Intervention Services

EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

Empowering Kids Perham is excited to offer additional supports for families of children who have been diagnosed with autism or other social challenges that focus on the areas of play, social-communication, and self regulation. This early support for children is important because it is a time when the brain is flexible, is rapidly absorbing new information and is retaining skills or behaviors (that may be unexpected) that allow the child to achieve their desired outcome. Early Intervention services and supports are critical in learning expected behaviors and language the child can use to achieve their desired outcome now and in the future. Early intervention services are available to all children with autism or other social challenges through the age of seven at which point children are required to have a primary diagnosis of autism or ADHD to continue receiving services at Empowering Kids.

Empowering Kids utilizes evidenced-based practices and research based curriculums that are proven to assist your child in developing the skills necessary to be happy, independent, and as functional as possible when entering into or continuing through their daycare, preschool and early elementary years. We work closely with parents to support individual needs and empower families with the tools necessary to help their child be successful.

How Can I get started?

If you want to learn more about the program or ask specific questions regarding your child and their needs, call us at (218) 346 – 2322 or email questions to tiff@empoweringkidsperham.org. Once we have had time to chat and better understand your child’s needs, then we are able to set up an intake meeting. During this meeting, we ask that the parent or guardian comes to Empowering Kids with their child. We will meet one on one with your child as we observe them answering questions, interacting with us and playing. After we spend time with your child, we then sit down with you to talk about the strengths and weaknesses you have observed at home or school. We use this information to better understand which skills we can build off of and which specific areas of skill to strengthen. The intake may last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. 

Use the tools below to help your child understand what to expect when they come in for their intake meeting! 

Intake Meeting Social Story

Read this social story to your child a few times before your intake meeting to help them understand what is going to happen. 

Intake Meeting Visual Schedule

This is a visual schedule of what we’ll do during our intake meeting. Go over it with your child so they know what to expect when they come! 

What Happens During Preschool Time?

Our preschool room is modeled after the Structured TEACCH method that utilizes visual schedules and visually separated areas of learning. Within this framework, children rotate between teacher time, independent work, sensory time, circle time, snack time and play time. These rotations provide movement between tasks and closely resemble what your child may experience in a preschool or kindergarten setting. Sessions focus mainly on developing social, communication and self-regulation strategies but we also spend a short amount of time focusing on basic pre-academics concepts such as colors, shapes, letters and numbers. To learn more about Structured TEACCH, click here to visit the Autism Speaks website.

What Curriculums are Used?

During the circle time and teacher times, individuals will be learning skills though the Second Step and Social Thinking curriculums. These curriculums are used by teachers across the nation to help individuals with autism and other social challenges learn about social skills. 

SECOND STEP

The Second Step curriculum teaches lessons such as how to say hello to classmates, how to identify emotions through facial expressions, and strategies to calm down. These lessons are learned through puppets, photo-cards, songs and role plays. To learn more about the Second Step curriculum, click the button below to visit the Committee for Children website.

SOCIAL THINKING

The Social Thinking curriculum used is developed by Michelle Garcia Winner and includes the books titled Thinking Thougths and Feeling Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking With Your Eyes, Body in the Group and Whole Body Listening. This curriculum supports children in thinking socially about situations and how their words and actions affect others in expected and unexpected ways. To learn more about social thinking, click the buttom below to visit their website.

*Some of our social skills classes use the Social Thinking®  methodology or framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner (concepts, strategies, curriculum and vocabulary). 

This program including its teacher or leader, is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.

HOW do we support parents / families at home?

After each of our early intervention sessions, we allow 5-10 minutes at the end to discuss with parents the skills that we have been learning and ways to work on and support those skills and/or language at home to promote generalization. We value and strongly support parent involvement, so we want to work with you to find an avenue of communication that fits your needs.