Our Services

Giving Tree

Giving Tree Preschool is a unique non-public school that provides an intensive education for children diagnosed within the autism spectrum. 

This colorful and enriching environment provides opportunities for preschoolers to learn the essential skills for academic and social success. It is our goal to prepare each of our students for a kindergarten experience. Because social skills and play skills are as important as academic skills, this preschool provides an "imagination room," and a circle time room, in addition to its four academic learning pods. Students rotate through the learning pods, circle time and imaginary play time in groups of two. The day is structured to maximize learning time while providing opportunities for play, and creative learning. 

Our program is consistent with "Best Practices for Children with Autism" as we utilize an Applied Behavior Analytic Approach. Giving Tree provides a one to one adult to student ratio in the classroom via a credentialed teacher, lead instructional assistant and eight instructional assistants for ten students. All instructional assistants meet "No Child Left Behind (NCLB)" standards. In addition, a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist provides individual and push in therapy to students. 

Two preschool sessions are offered; one morning session of three hours and one afternoon session of three hours. Preschool hours can be supplemented by participation in our center based program. 

Students are assessed utilizing the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills, Desired Results Developmental Profile Access, Vineland 3, VB Mapp, DAYC, AFLS, as well as those included in the Open Court Curriculum. Instruction methods provided are: direct instruction, discrete trials training, pivotal response training, natural language paradigm, errorless learning, and fluency based instruction. It is our goal to prepare students for a kindergarten classroom by teaching classroom behavior, social skills, and pre-academic skills consistent with state curriculum. Kindergarten preparedness checklists are completed on all exiting students to assist the IEP team in determining the appropriate educational placement upon transition.

 

Clinic Based Programs

Our clinic based program provides early intensive services in a convenient program model for all families. The team at our clinics provides a warm and secure environment for children to learn and grow. Service delivery and programming in the clinic based program mirrors the service delivery in a home setting and allows for the incorporation of peer play and the generalization of targeted skills. Parents receive training and consultation through monthly observation and parent training with their behavior consultant.

  • Functional Communication

  • Motor Imitation

  • Vocal Imitation

  • Visual Performance

  • School Readiness and Pre-Academic skills

  • Play and Social Skills

  • Self-help Skills

  • Functional Gross and Fine Motor Skills

  • Routines and Transitions

  • Generalization of Skills into Daily Living Activities

  • Behavior Reduction and Intervention Plans

 

Utilized Assessment Tool Sources

  • Vineland 3

  • VB Mapp

  • DAYC

  • AFLS

 

To ensure a safe learning environment, several safety measures are built into the program. These precautions include:

  • Perimeter of the facility is gated in addition to internal gate systems to provide safety while children are playing outdoors

  • Staff and visitors wear an identification badge at all times

  • Childproofing throughout the facility

  • All external doors automatically close

 

The clinic based program provides a unique learning environment for children diagnosed with autism, in a one on one ratio supplemented with numerous opportunities for socialization across:

  • Peer play dates

  • Lunch and snack times

  • Recess

  • Circle time

  • Structured arts and craft activities

  • Holiday and birthday celebrations

 

We provide an ABA program that prepares young children for integration into school, home and community. Our curriculum and teaching methods address skill repertoires that prepare a child for success in these environments. This teaching process begins as soon as a child is enrolled in the program, and specific learning targets and teaching strategies are modified as the child approaches school age.

 

In addition, the Natomas clinic based program provides access to typical developing peers, general education routines and equipment (e.g. cafeteria, playgrounds). Likewise, the Bradshaw center based program contains on site licensed Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, as well as Speech and Language Pathologists, and Speech and Language Pathology Assistants. 

 

Hours of Operation

Our Bradshaw clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Our Natomas clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Once a child's total treatment hours have been approved by the team, scheduling of the implementation of those hours will occur between caregivers and Advance Kids.

 
 

In Home

Program Description

 

Advance Kids provides both early intensive behavioral treatment and functional adaptive living skills programs for children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum. These programs are designed to incorporate parents as a critical part of the team, focusing on increasing the generalization of skills to everyday life.

 

Advance Kids accepts funding from Alta California Regional Center and most insurance companies.  If your child is eligible for funding by an insurance company, please contact our Clinical Business Administrator, Aimee Hill, at 916-363-6103 to begin the intake process.

 

Early Intensive Programs address all areas of early development.  Assessments and program design may include the following:

  • Functional Communication

  • Motor Imitation

  • Vocal Imitation

  • Visual Performance

  • Pre-Academic Skills

  • Play and Social Skills

  • Self-help Skills

  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills

  • Routines and Transitions

  • Generalization of Skills into Daily Living Activities

  • Community Safety and Awareness

  • Behavior Intervention Plans

  • Vineland 3

  • VB Mapp

  • DAYC

  • AFLS

 

Functional Adaptive programs are typically recommended for children over the age of six who are enrolled in an educational program either through their local school district or a private placement.  These programs utilize paraprofessionals as necessary to increase skills while working toward a trainer-to-trainer approach to transfer teaching responsibilities to parents. The functional adaptive program focuses on daily living skills or skills needed to function as independently as possible in the real world. Assessments and program design may include the following:

 

  • Functional Communication

  • Self-help Skills

  • Play and Leisure Skills

  • Social Skills

  • Community Safety and Awareness

  • Functional Routines and Transitions

  • Generalization of Skills into Daily Living Activities

  • Behavior Intervention Plans

  • Vineland 3

  • VB Mapp

  • DAYC

  • AFLS

 

Educational Services

Mission Statement:

The Educational Services Department believes that effective behavioral support should not only help to reduce problem behaviors but should also change the opportunities a person has for learning new skills, for social inclusion, for access to meaningful activities and for basic participation in the local community. 

 

Our Department

The Educational Services Department conducts functional behavioral assessments and develops, implements and monitors behavior intervention plans and provides ongoing behavior consultation to address behavior excesses in the classroom. Although Advance Kids primarily provides services to children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, over the last few years, we have expanded our behavior consultation to serve children across a variety of disorders including, but not limited to; ADD, ADHD, SLI, OHI, VI, and MD. In addition, we have increased the number of services we provide in the areas of staff training, general classroom consultation, and center-based services.

 

ASSESSMENTS

Support Services Assessment

An assessment that includes direct observation and teacher interview to address the appropriateness and efficacy of staff support, behavior intervention services, development and modification of individualized curriculum, and staff training. This assessment includes written recommendations and attendance at an IEP to present our report and to determine appropriateness of continued services.

 

Placement Assessment

A assessment that includes direct observation and teacher interview to assess the appropriateness of the current placement, level of support services and efficacy of current behavior management procedures. This assessment includes written recommendations and attendance at an IEP to present report and to determine appropriateness of continued services.

 

Functional Behavior Assessment

A functional behavior assessment includes direct observations, descriptive measures (FAST, MAS,PBQ, FAI, RAISD), teacher and parent interviews, data collection and analysis to formulate a clear description of the problem behaviors , identification of the events, times and conditions that predict target behaviors, identification of the consequences that maintain the problem behaviors to develop effective and comprehensive behavior intervention plans. 

 

Functional Analysis Assessment

A functional analysis assessment includes direct observations, descriptive measures (FAST, MAS,PBQ, FAI, RAISD), teacher and parent interviews, data collection and analysis to formulate a clear description of the problem behaviors , identification of the events, times and conditions that predict target behaviors, identification of the consequences that maintain the problem behaviors and systematic and experimental manipulation of the variables to determine the function of target behaviors to develop effective and comprehensive positive behavior intervention plans. 

CONSULTATION

School Wide Behavior Management

Services are contracted for students with a variety of disabilities within a district to provide ongoing behavior management, analysis and development of behavior intervention plans, consultation and support to classroom staff serving the role of a general behavior analyst for the school district.  

                                                     Individual Behavior Management

Provides ongoing behavior consultation to address behavior excesses, staff support and training, communication and collaboration with parents and staff members, aide support and training, and includes recommendations for placement, goals and attendance at I.E.P's. This service can be highly individualized to meet the needs of the student and the I.E.P. team.

 

Classroom Consultation

General classroom consultation provides recommendations and ongoing support for the teacher and classroom staff through individualized consultation regarding the classroom topography, visual effects, communication, reinforcement system development and modifications, transitional cues, lesson material modifications and teaching techniques. 

 

Curriculum Development/Modifications

Provides individualized recommendations for modification and adaptations to increase skill acquisition, implementation of discrete trial lessons and data collection, task analysis training, and support for instructional assistance on how to modify teaching materials in the classroom. 

 

Socialization Consultation

Offers feedback and support services to increase the level of appropriate socialization for an individual student within the classroom setting including communication, playing with peers, interaction with peers at lunch and recess and building relationships with same-age peers. 

 

Materials

Provides general materials for the classroom to enhance learning and facilitate a positive behavioral approach including token charts, activity schedules, visual aides, modified materials, choice boards and icons. 

Insurance

Advance Kids contracts with the participating providers listed below

  • Anthem

  • Aetna

  • Cigna

  • Kaiser (BHPN)

  • Magellan (Blue Shield of California, Western Health Advantage)

  • MHN 

  • Optum (United Health, Western Health Advantage, Sutter)

  • Molina

  • Value Options

 

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