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What is the Academy for Young Minds?

With the use of our own curriculum Developmental Designs for Young Minds and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Academy for Young Minds creates a program individualized to meet your child's needs based on interactions with you as a parent. Teaching is focused on the following areas based on the ADOS assessment:

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Language and Communication
  • Spontaneous expressive language
  • Socially directed vocalizations
  • Socially directed pointing for the purpose of requesting and shared attention
  • The use of descriptive and emotional gestures
Reciprocal Social Interactions
  • Eye contact
  • Responsive social smiles
  • Facial expressions directed at others
  • Initiating social interactions
  • Shared enjoyment in interaction
  • Response to name
  • Requesting
  • Giving for the purpose of sharing
  • Showing
  • Initiation and response to joint attention
  • Functional Play
  • Imagination/creativity
Generalizing Learned Skills
  • Across people, materials and novel situations
  • Teaching multiple responses to dynamic situations
  • Maintaining learned skills across time
Behavioral Support
  • Creating a plan individualized to meet the child's needs
  • Examining behaviors that impede learning and determining the purpose
  • Replacing interfering with socially acceptable behavior
  • Producing functional behavior
Family Involvement and Training
  • Becoming your child's best teacher
  • Increasing desired behaviors decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning and functioning
How does the Academy for Young Minds encourage family involvement?

Common questions asked by families that will be addressed in the Academy for Young Minds:

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  • What are Autism Spectrum Disorders?
  • What are the learning characteristics of a child on the Autism Spectrum?
  • How can I increase my child's communication skills?
  • How do I communicate with my child so that he understands me?
  • Why is my child exhibiting these behaviors and how should I respond to them?
  • Can you help with behaviors my child is exhibiting in the community?
  • How can I set up the environment to make it more functional for my child?
  • How can I address the needs of my child's siblings?
  • Can you assist in getting my child to interact more with other children?
  • Can you help my child become more independent?
  • What is developmentally appropriate for my child at this age?
  • What is most important and most functional for my child to learn at this time?
  • How can we make teaching fun?
  • How can I make bath time, dinnertime, brushing teeth, hair cuts, etc. easier?


The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:
New York City Nassau County Suffolk County Westchester County
311 516-571-3749 631-853-3100 914-813-5094
All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health Insurance may be used for approved services. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract and all services must be authorized by the county. If a child is found eligible for the EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations.
TheraCare is approved by New York State and has a contract with New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties to provide early intervention services.
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last updated 10/30/2010