Early Intervention &
Dream Big offers exceptional center-based early intervention and autism services. Our centers are welcoming, play-based environments - featuring playgroups for inclusive learning and fun!
The Dream Big Way
We believe that children learn best when they are motivated and having fun! We provide early intervention services based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles in a naturalistic, play based format. Specifically, we utilize Pivotal Response Training by focusing on teaching pivotal skills that lead to significant growth. Our approach involves getting to know the child, establishing good rapport with them, having fun, and inputting our goals into these interactions. This allows the child to feel comfortable and look forward to their therapy sessions.
We believe that parents are the most important teachers for their children, therefore, parents play a pivotal role in their child’s program. Parents participate by implementing strategies during sessions and throughout the child’s day. We also believe in the importance of social interaction and community integration, so therapy sessions are held at our inclusive Early Intervention center. Our center hosts early childhood programs including Parent & Me classes and Enrichment classes. These provide children enrolled in our Early Intervention Program socialization opportunities along with the support of a EI specialist who can incorporate the child’s goals.
What is Compassionate ABA?
We know that as a parent, compassion, care, and empathy are what you expect from anyone working with your child. We embrace the term Compassionate ABA because empathy, happiness, and relationships are at the heart of our clinical care model. The first few days and weeks at Dream Big we focus on building a relationship between your child and their therapists that continues throughout their time in our program. Therapists spend time learning about what makes your child happy, their interests, and their dislikes. We look for the ways in which they are content and relaxed because we know that this is the key to being ready to learn. When we notice that a child is having a difficult time, we stop what we’re doing and give them time, space, and the tools that they need to get themselves back to a happier place.
Why should we choose a Center Based ABA program?
There are many advantages to choosing a center based ABA program. Socialization with other children, participating in a community based program, and generalizing skills are some of the main reasons parents choose center based programs. Dream Big centers are unique in that we mirror activities and structure our days to prepare 2-5 year olds for kindergarten and beyond! In our centers children take part in:
- Circle time with songs and movement games
- A variety of play activities
- Snacks and meal times with other children
- Structured small group activities
These activities strengthen their communication, social, and attention skills. As the child progresses in our program, they gain more skills to be independent and interactive. Therefore, we provide more time in Group ABA until they successfully graduate from our program.
We know that kids are more open to learning and playing together in the care of trusted adults!
WHY EARLY INTERVENTION?
Early Intervention can change a child’s learning path and lead to more positive lifelong outcomes! Providing intervention at a young age is likely to be more effective than it would be to implement later in life. Research has shown that the neural circuits of a child’s brain are more adaptable in the first few years of life than at any other age. Families benefit from early intervention by learning strategies to communicate with their child and meet their needs at a young age.
What IS ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis is a type of therapy based on the science of behavior. ABA is considered an evidence-based best practice treatment by the U.S Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. ABA therapy involves selecting a socially significant behavior and altering that behavior using environmental changes.
ABA therapy for children with autism focuses on increasing desired, socially significant behaviors and decreasing behaviors that can be dangerous or interfere with learning. At Dream Big, we incorporate ABA strategies and principles in a naturalistic, play based format. We believe that children learn best when they are motivated and having fun.
It is not enough for kids to receive one-on-one services outside of the community. We strongly encourage families to be INVITING friends and neighbors of all abilities into their child’s lives.
We offer open to the public playgroups each quarter! Our playgroups are a space for preschoolers and their parents to come and play at one of our amazing centers! They are offered in small groups and registration is required.
Early Start Program + Regional Centers
The Early Start program is California’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early Start services are available statewide and are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system.
Dream Big offers services with the San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center as a part of the Early Start Program. The program is offered for children within the ages of 0-36 months. To find out more about this program, please click below!
Dream Big ABA Services
Center Based Services
One of the things that makes Dream Big stand out above the rest is our incredible centers. We offer ABA services in an open play environment that is clean and inviting for all children. We have multiple locations across Southern California.
Inclusion matters to us, we have alternative languages and translation services available.
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We will begin services after the assessment process and a therapist becomes available.
Once a behavior consultant conducts an assessment with your child, a clinical recommendation of hours per week will be made.
Yes, each child has a 1:1 therapist that is assigned to them to target their specific programs.
Yes, all the staff at Dream Big get their background checked.
Yes, social skills are a primary goal in center sessions. Therapists collaborate, teaching their clients to socialize and achieve social skills objectives.
Meet the Team
Rancho Mirage, Apple Valley