The Early Learner Program is designed to address the treatment needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are between the ages of 1 to 4 years. Clients of the early learner age develop best using Natural Environment Teaching (NET), which means that the therapy programming for these children is structured to resemble the natural life environment of a child’s day. Partners In Excellence uses the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) as a guide in the identification of treatment goals and to measure client progress. The objectives outlined in the HELP are used for the assessment and treatment programming for each child’s individual treatment needs. The HELP is designed around typical developmental milestones, and treatment objectives focus on a variety of skill areas, which include age-appropriate socialization, play, communication, and daily living skills.
The Early Learner Program recognizes that most learning in early childhood occurs within the social context of daily activities and experiences. Therefore, the program is structured to include teaching through everyday routines, a variety of social activities, and planned group activities. Clients in this program will be actively engaged with therapists throughout the therapy day. Each child’s treatment program focuses on developing skills that have been identified as deficits or areas in need of growth. Treatment plans are designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Therapists continually create opportunities throughout the child’s therapy day to practice and teach those skills identified as treatment objectives.
In addition to the therapy programming for children in the Early Learner Program, monthly parent training classes are offered to address the specific treatment needs of this age group and to better equip parents with the skills needed to forward their child’s development and progress. Parents are encouraged to participate in these trainings, and will receive guidance from their child’s treatment team to specifically address each child’s individual needs. Parents are also encouraged to participate in individual in center, hands on training during their child’s therapy day. Parents can work one-on-one with the child’s therapist to learn specific teaching techniques and behavior management strategies to help facilitate the generalization of skills into the home environment.
Clients in this program may attend a morning, an afternoon or all day program.
The Intermediate Learner program is designed to increase the children’s opportunities to practice social skills and introduce them to peer directed learning. Prior to participating in the Intermediate Learner program, the children are intensively taught how to be successful in a therapist-directed learning environment. Once the children have developed adequate cooperation and language skills and readily acquire new skills, they are ready to learn in a structured group environment. Children will continue to work on developing language, social, and school readiness skills through intensive teaching. They will also develop these skills in small group settings. Providing opportunities for the children to work in groups teaches them to place value on belonging to a group. The motivation for the children to complete the task becomes that all members of the group complete the task. The Intermediate Learner program follows a daily schedule that is structured to include everyday routines, such as brushing teeth, dressing, and arrival and departure routines. It also includes a variety of social activities and strategies, such as peer play, video modeling, and interactive and facilitated play. The children participate in controlled group activities, including fine motor and Stepping Stones. This schedule allows the clients opportunities to initiate and sustain social interactions with therapist support and guidance as needed.
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Hours of Operation
Open Monday-Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
We are closed on the following days in 2023:
January 2nd, May 29th , July 4th, September 4th, November 23rd, November 24th, December 22nd, December 25th.
Burnsville Therapy Center/Corporate Office
14301 Ewing Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55306
Phone: (952) 746-5350
Fax: (952) 746-6131
Minnetonka Therapy Center
5501 Feltl Road
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Phone: (952) 746-5350
Fax: (952) 746-0992
North St. Paul Therapy Center
2344 Helen street N
North St. Paul, MN 55109
Phone: (952) 746-5350
Fax: (651) 773-5978