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Immediate Diagnosis & Early Assistance Program (IDEA)

Earlier Access to Services

Step by Step’s IDEA Program (Immediate Diagnosis & Early Assistance) was formed to combat long waiting lists families often experience to receive services after an autism diagnosis has been made.

The “IDEA Program” allows children to receive services immediately following the assessment and diagnosis of autism. The “IDEA Program” enables both the child and family to transition into the next level of service, while also serving as an extensive training opportunity for parents and caregivers.

The “IDEA Program” serves children between the ages of 2-5. Referrals come from multiple sources including the CATCH Team, Geisinger ADMI Clinic, County Mental Health/Intellectual Disability Services, Early Intervention Services, Pediatricians, or self-referral.

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will assess the child’s specific area of needs. The BCBA will utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to develop and shape communication and social skills. The BCBA will also provide training opportunities to parents and caregivers.

For More Information Contact:

  • Northeast Regional Office            (570) 829-3477