Stages of Intervention

At Beautiful Minds, we take the time to develop personalized treatment programs for each child and family. We will not put your child in a generic program, but will instead focus on his or her specific needs. This process takes time and commitment from us and from you. There are several steps of the intervention process, including:

Stage 1 (First 1-2 months):

  • Begin to develop a relationship with the child and family
  • Identify individual strengths and interests
  • Conduct an in-depth home analysis (help make necessary changes in the home to ensure a safe environment)
  • Consult with supervisor

Stage 2 (2-6 months):

  • Continue to build on the child’s and family's strengths
  • Praise positive behavior
  • Work on establishing and maintaining compliance and eye contact
  • Practice and develop age appropriate play and social skills
  • Encourage and model separation from parent or caretaker
  • Target transitions from activity to activity environment to environment
  • Practice age appropriate self care skills (eating, dressing, using the bathroom)
  • Target and reduce maladaptive, non-purposeful behavior by introducing alternative sensory and energy outlets
  • Involve parents and caretakers in the sessions
  • Generalize skills outside of therapy and play sessions (into the home and community)
  • Review parents expectations and previous parenting styles and techniques

Stage 3: (6-12 months):

  • Review goals and measure progress
  • Role play; help parents practice dealing with difficult behavior
  • Continue to introduce novel and challenging activities
  • Practice generalizing skills in community outings
  • Encourage positive reinforcement
  • Help parents develop and implement rules in the homes depending on the age of the child 
  • Help parents determine consequences when rules are not followed
  • Develop incentive boards and/or charts to increase positive behavior

Stage 4 (12-24 months):

  • Continue building on strengths of child and family
  • Introduce new goals based on the child's specific needs and skill level
  • Focus on more complex goals such as improving communication, emotional regulation and problem solving
  • Start giving the child more choices to help with growth and advancement
  • Facilitate play dates with children that are the same age
  • Teach parents to become more involved in play time with friends
  • Encourage and practice independent living skills such as getting dressed, eating and cleaning up 
  • Focus on expanding parenting skills by emphasizing healthy communication, follow through, consequences and consistency
  • Make sure behavioral skills are being maintained in all types of situations

Stage 5 (24-36 months):

  • Review accomplishments of both child and family
  • Summarize new behaviors and skills developed by child
  • Summarize new parenting skills learned by parents
  • Review community resources and other services available including Social Skills Group, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Ensure family has access to all the necessary services for their child
  • Discuss termination