Viridian Center for Early Intervention
About this program
The Crabapple Class creates a bridge for the educational and behavioral gap for children ages 3 & 4 who need more intensive support in order to be successful in a regular pre-k class. These children spend part of their time at Viridian in a preschool setting with a small student to teacher ratio with the appropriate modifications. The other time is spent in a regular preschool classroom to provide appropriate peer models with support from Viridian staff.
The Redbud Class is based on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and provides children ages 2 & 3 a comprehensive treatment that consists of a set of practices designed to have a broad impact on core features of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). The ESDM is an interdisciplinary model in which early childhood special education, developmental and clinical psychology, applied behavior analysis, speech/language pathology, and occupational therapy are primary disciplines in developing the intervention. This program is more intensive than the Crabapple Class in that the children are provided with more rigorous 1:1 intervention to meet their individual goals. Along with the Redbud class, Viridian Center offers a high quality and integrative parent training program. Parent involvement is a key component in this intervention to promote consistency and generalization.
These two programs are independent of each other and do not necessarily imply a progression from the Redbud Class to the Crabapple Class. The Viridian Center provides assistance with all transitions into new settings/programs.
A social skills class is also offered in the afternoons. Many children with developmental delays and autism lack appropriate social skills to navigate through their environment. These children need to be specifically taught skills that come naturally to others including appropriate greetings, waiting, turn-taking, asking for help, describing emotions, dealing with new situations, and other areas. These classes provide a fun and interactive way to work on these skills.
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