The Early Learning Preschool (ELP) is an inclusive, ABA based, early intervention program for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and neurotypical peers. The ELP is a nationally accredited preschool through AdvancED.
Through the support of highly qualified and trained staff, the program fosters the cognitive, language, social, adaptive, and motor development for each child enrolled by providing enriched learning and socialization opportunities. A data-driven, outcomes-based program is the foundation for identifying strategies that define best practice. The Early Learning Preschool at Mitchell’s Place implements a research-based early learning curriculum called Mother Goose Time. The curriculum applies child development theories to a unique model for teacher support, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for the child, and family involvement. The ELP also offers in class, small group lessons lead by an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Language Pathologist. These lessons focus on fine motor and handwriting development as well as building engagement and social skills. The program serves children ages 2 to 6 years of age. The classrooms are designed based on the inclusion model consisting of five children with a diagnosis of Autism and an average of five neurotypical peers with a 3:1 student teacher ratio.