Little Sprouts Parent Coaching
What is it?
The Little Sprouts parent coaching program is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to implement naturalistic and developmental behavioral teaching strategies*. A focus is placed on improving social communication skills, the development of appropriate play skills, and a reduction in challenging behaviors.
This individualized one-on-one program will teach parents how to implement naturalistic, developmental, and behavioral strategies into their everyday interactions with their child. Enabling parents to maximize and create meaningful learning opportunities with their child through routines, such as playing, snack, reading, toileting, etc.
Where is it offered?
The entire program, from initial assessment to parent-coaching, is conducted entirely in the family's home.
When is is offered?
Enrollment in the Little Sprouts program is on a continual basis, and there are opportunities for morning, afternoon, and late afternoon appointments.
Who is the program for?
The Little Sprouts program is ideal for families who are on wait lists for long-term services, for families who are concerned about their child's development (no formal diagnosis required), for families who have just received the diagnosis, or for families who are already receiving services but are looking to increase their skills to facilitate their child’s individual learning needs.
More Information About the Program
Parents receive coaching through from the Parent Coach, using a behavioral skills training format, and comprehensive feedback is provided on the parent’s use of their implementation of PRT and ESDM strategies. The Parent Coach will support parents in selecting activities that are both motivating and fun for their child, during which they will practice different PRT and ESDM strategies.
The Parent Coach will come to the parent’s house each week for 1.5 hours, over the course of the 12-week program. Little Sprouts is designed to help parents feel comfortable and confident in their ability to implement the strategies to fidelity, providing multiple learning opportunities through different weekly topics, to ensure they can apply the skills learned after the program ends.
*Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)is one of the few intervention methods for autism that is both comprehensive (as listed by the National Research Council; of the National Academy of Sciences) and empirically supported. It is recognized by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the National Standards Project.
*The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a an evidence-based intervention designed for young children with autism. PRT strategies are incorporated into the teaching approaches used in the ESDM.