The Extended Developmental Program is an in-home developmental program designed for children under three years of age who are experiencing challenges in social and communication development.
Challenges to social development often result in a lack of persistence and attention during play, limited copying of other people’s movements, difficulty interacting and sharing information with others, following instructions, communicating interests, and participating in dynamic symbolic and interactive play.
Current research shows that it is the everyday experiences of families that do most to support a child’s learning and development. Early intervention’s focus should be on the enhancement of existing everyday experiences as the crucial factor in encouraging learning and addressing a child’s specific developmental needs. Therefore, enhancing existing routines and experiences is a crucial factor in encouraging learning and development and is central to the design of a child’s program.
The Extended program is a family-focused intervention program utilizing an evidence based, naturalistic blend of developmental and behavioral intervention strategies to support and maximize a child’s development in the areas of challenge described above. Home visit sessions are based on the normal trajectories of early childhood development, but are designed to increase the number of learning experiences a child engages in. This frequent and structured home visit design has the effect of moving the child through the foundational components of development. Implementing strategies as part of a naturalistic teaching model allows for individual skills to be targeted but multiple skills to be addressed across activities because this is how skills normally unfold in typical development.
The Extended Program typically provides service 3–5 days per week for up to 2 hours at a time in the child’s home and community.