Theiss Child Development Center
Early Autism Program

Early intensive intervention can have profound and long-term effects on child development. The Theiss Child Development Center Early Autism Program provides intensive, evidence-based treatment in a preschool setting for children diagnosed with autism.

The program serves children, ages 2 to 5, who have been diagnosed with autism or who are suspected to have autism.

Diagnostic Assessment

A psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker evaluate all children before beginning the program. This assessment includes evaluating symptoms and gathering psychosocial, educational, medical, developmental, and family histories.

Services and Treatment

The program uses applied behavioral analysis and one-on-one intensive teaching strategies. Activities are individualized to meet each child’s needs and may include:

  • Socialization activities
  • Individualized treatment programs to address a child’s cognitive development, language development, self-care and adaptive behavior, and social-emotional development
  • Discrete trial training, which is a method for individualizing and simplifying instruction to enhance a child’s learning
  • Systematic re-evaluation to monitor a child’s developmental and behavioral needs and to measure progress
  • Enhancing social competence by teaching social skills and helping a child to interact appropriately with peers
  • Parent support and an education program that helps parents enhance their child’s development in targeted areas
  • A referral system linking families to community services
  • A nutritionally balanced breakfast and snacks to supplement a child’s lunch

Contact Us

Theiss Child Development Center Early Autism Program is located in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and operates five days a week, year-round.

Please call 412-281-1269 or
412-624-1000 for more information.


Please visit the Matilda Theiss Child Development Center website for more information about available programs and services.

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