Our Program

Based on extensive evidence from several reviews of scientific research identifying applied behavior analysis (ABA) as the most effective method for treating ASD, the Early Learning Institute utilizes principles and procedures of ABA to deliver therapeutic services to children aged 2-5 years old who have autism spectrum disorders. Programming is delivered within the Child Development Laboratory Preschool at MSU, Head Start at Capital Area Community Services, Inc. in Lansing, and Midway Early Childhood Learning center in Holt, and individualized to the needs and goals of each child and family. Each child attends the Institute year-round for an entire day, Monday through Thursday.

Skill Development Across Diverse Environments

The Early Learning Institute is committed to supporting the entire family and accomplishes this objective by providing the following services:

  • We provide highly structured ABA therapy in intensive, small group, and inclusive environments, guided by the child’s success.
  • We conduct a comprehensive and individualized skill assessment on a regular basis to identify every child’s strengths, areas for growth, and to monitor progress.
  • We use a range of ABA teaching strategies to ensure optimal learning and therapeutic outcomes for every child.
  • Children attend a full day of ABA therapy where they learn skills across several pivotal domains including: language, social, play, emotional, cognitive, motor/physical activity, academic readiness, self-care, and observational learning.
  • We require families to participate in trainings to bring ABA into all aspects of the child’s life and support family interactions across environments.
  • Behavioral technicians provide support for families to use in their homes as needed to address particularly challenging areas for the child and the family.
  • We plan events to bring families together on a regular basis.
  • We provide consultation for transition to school programs.