Parent Delivered Behavioural Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers who are showing signs of developmental delays or autism
Dr. Amy Tanner
M.Sc., PhD, BCBA-D, RASP-A
Dr. Tanner has over 14 years of extensive clinical experience providing behavioural intervention and consultation services to very young children with autism throughout Europe, Africa and Canada. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analysts, supervises undergraduate and graduate level students pursuing certification, a professor, an Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider through the BACB and creator of the SPARC (Sequential Parent Curriculum). Her academic and clinical interests include working with infants and toddlers showing signs of autism or developmental delays through parent-mediated intervention or parent-coaching, working with children with food selectivity and challenging meal time behaviors, as well as studying neuroplasticity in early childhood and the effects of the environment on the developing brain and the intersection of positive psychology on goal setting and achievement.
** Play- Based **
** Child-Led **
** Parent-Mediated **
** Naturalistic **
** FUN **
WHY PARENT MEDIATED INTERVENTION?
During these very early years, learning occurs throughout the entire day, throughout meal times, getting dressed, bath time and play time.
Therefore parents are the best teachers when it comes to their child, not just because they know them the best, but because they are there day after day.
As children begin to develop atypically, parents begin to respond atypically, often inadvertently reinforcing maladaptive behaviours
Through Parent Coaching, parents are able to identify this negative transactional cycle and modify their behaviour in order to maximize their child's learning opportunities.
WHY PRE-DIAGNOSTIC INTERVENTION?
Autism symptoms begin to emerge between 6-12 months of age and yet the average age of diagnosis is between 4 and 5 years of age.
The first three years of life the brain is developing more rapidly than any other time in a person's life and creating new and complex neural pathways every day.
By providing support while these pathways are forming requires much less time and effort than attempting to make changes to already formed pathways.
Therefore, the most critical year to intervene is between 1 and 2 years of age in order to maximize the brain's neuro-plasticity.