The CARE Program at The Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center provides intensive center-based behavioral intervention to preschool children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We use techniques to improve their quality of life and independent functioning.

Typically, CARE families are already receiving intensive behavioral intervention in their home, supervised by a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA registered). In some cases, we accept children who have not yet received intensive services. Each child in CARE receives 15 hours/week of behavioral therapy on a one-on-one basis (i.e., 3 hours each weekday).

What We Do

The CARE program focuses on skill acquisition. Children with autism often have difficulties acquiring new skills, which often impedes their placement in the school system. In CARE, we provide careful guidance in skills children are ready to learn. We teach language development (based on Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior), play, social interaction, pre-academic and daily living skills (e.g., dressing). Some children also exhibit problematic behaviors that interfere with learning, so we also provide functional assessment and proactive techniques to reduce these problem behaviors.

This intervention takes place in a center-based format consisting of six to eight children, in a preschool-type setting. Approximately half of each child's time is spent in 1:1 structured format. For the remainder of the time, children engage in group activities (circle time, craft, snack) and peer interactions (social skills training).

Since the primary goal of the Lindsay HOPE Center is to provide "hands-on" training to parents or primary caregivers of the children who attend the center, an active role for caregivers continues to be at the heart of all interventions implemented at the CARE program. Parents are actively involved by attending team meetings twice monthly at CARE. Additionally, parents are encouraged to attend and actively participate in their child's therapy session at least once per month to stay "up-to-date" on their child's programming.

What We Teach

First, specific skill strengths, deficits and interfering problem behaviors are identified (through functional assessment), allowing for goals and objectives to be determined. Next, an individualized curriculum is designed for each child using the principles of behavior analysis. Each child's curriculum is unique to his or her own needs and is drawn from a variety of resources, with a foundation in empirical research.

Ongoing Consultation

Consultation with the CARE clinical manager and the child's treatment team is required twice per month. In this manner, we may review and update the child's curriculum at CARE. Additionally, we are able to coordinate services (both at and away from CARE) and ensure consistency and generalization across all environments.

Our Staff

A limited-licensed psychologist, who is also a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), manages the CARE program. The CARE staff members are a unique blend of experienced paid employees and college trainees who are learning about behavior analysis. In this manner, we are able to provide training and clinical experience to college students who are interested in behavior analysis and to reduce the cost of tuition for children in the program.

How to Enroll in CARE

We strongly encourage interested parents to schedule a visit to the Lindsay HOPE Center to observe the CARE program in action. To schedule a visit, or for more information, please call the CARE office at 248-691-8143. We operate on a 4-month semester basis.