We’re proud to announce a $15,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente for the Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Project. This project will provide services to children with extreme behaviors, whether due to developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or to the environmental risk factors such as homelessness, chemical dependency, CPS involvement, incarcerated parents, or foster care. The project spans two of our program areas including:
- Our Pediatric Therapy program providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disabilities/delays, particularly those on Medicaid
- Our Early Learning program providing ABA-related techniques in an educational setting for at-risk, low-income, behaviorally challenged children
ABA studies the behavior of a child in order to apply interventions that help bring about meaningful and positive change in the child’s socially significant behaviors including academics, social skills, reading, communication, and adaptive living skills. ABA is now considered to be at the forefront of therapeutic and educational interventions for children with ASD, endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The availability of an effective treatment for ASD is especially important since a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that 1 in 68 children has ASD.
Extreme behaviors are disruptive in a variety of situations but particularly in an educational setting for both the child and for other children in the environment. The future educational outcomes for these children will greatly benefit from intervening early, with these best practice techniques, to improve socially significant behaviors.
Thank you to Kaiser Permanente!
We are also pleased to announce a $2,000 grant from Clark County Realtors Foundation to help us fund this important project.
Innovative is continuing to pursue all funding opportunities to raise the remaining $66,000 needed to fund the first year of this important project.