Young Children With PDD/Autism Spectrum Disorders
New York Center provides both developmental and behavioral approaches to treating and educating young children with PDD/Autism Spectrum Disorders. The approach taken is determined by the needs of each individual child and the preferences of his or her parents.
Developmental: A play-based approach
- Our Center Based Preschool Services for Children on the Autistic Spectrum focus on children learning though play and interactions with their environment, materials and peers. To learn more, see Preschool for Children with Special Needs and Curriculum.
- DIR®/Floortime™ is an approach that informs our center-based practices and is employed in our home-based care. This approach focuses on building a strong social- emotional foundation to support the development of a variety of skills and capacities, rather than working on isolated behaviors. To learn more, click on What Is DIR®/Floortime™?
Behavioral: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):
- Our ABA program offers highly supportive services where children are given a great deal of positive reinforcement for learning how to communicate and interact with adults and peers, setting a foundation for them to enjoy these interactions in the future and need less behavioral supports. For more information, click on What Is ABA?
Based on their eligibility, children with PDD/ASD are also given appropriate therapeutic services including Physical Therapy, Speech Language Therapy, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Services, and Special Instruction.
To learn more about these services, call us at
212-752-7575 ext. 312
"The goal is for children to learn how to learn. That's really what we're trying to achieve: to teach them skills so they can eventually learn through play, interaction and relationships, as typically developing children do. We're trying to get them to that point. If they can learn those things at this early stage, they'll be much more prepared to move on to less restrictive classrooms."
ABA Program Supervisor