Childhood Development Center
The Childhood Development Center (CDC) is a program focused on providing intensive educational services to youth with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities in Central Florida. The CDC specializes in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services across a variety of skill domains. The staff-to-student ratio is determined by the needs of the student as well as their funding source. Our instructional staff have received intensive training in teaching academic, social, leisure, and daily living skills. Staff members have also received training in how to successfully manage and reduce the likelihood of problem behaviors by teaching replacement skills for problematic behaviors and incorporating language training including verbal mand training, PECS, or other forms of augmentative communication. The CDC is overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with experience providing education to children with severe problem behavior, as well as a Florida certified Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher. The BCBA and certified ESE teacher are responsible for developing and monitoring the progress of student’s Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Additionally, IEP implementation will be conducted by our instructional staff, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the certified ESE teacher. Within the CDC, not only will students receive an educational instruction based in the principles of applied behavior analysis, they will learn to develop other functional living skills as well. There are numerous opportunities for students to engage in a variety of educational, functional and leisure activities. There are four small classrooms where students can receive more individualized instruction and small group instruction, as well as a large classroom for generalization towards typical classroom routines and where students will further develop their social skills by interacting during lunch, group activities, and games. The CDC also contains a kitchen where students will have access to a refrigerator, stove, and sink, to facilitate daily living skills training.