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Early intensive behavior intervention can have profound and long-term effects on child development. The Theiss Early Autism Program (TEAP) provides intensive, evidence-based treatment in a preschool setting (BHRS Exception) for children diagnosed with autism. The program serves children ages 2 to 5 years of age (5th birthday must occur after Sept. 30) who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and who qualify for Medical Assistance.
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:
A psychiatric/psychological evaluation recommending that an intensive level of behavioral intervention is medically necessary is required. Services are contingent upon agreement by all involved parties at the periodic interagency meetings. Referrals are individually evaluated for acceptance into the program. Initial assessments include evaluating symptoms and gathering psychosocial, educational, medical, developmental, and family histories.