The Early Intervention Program (EIP or EI) is included as Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is the federal law that provides the right to a free and appropriate public education for all children under the age of 21. In Georgia, the EIP is coordinated by the Department of Public Health (DPH).
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the application of behavioral principles such as: positive reinforcement, shaping small steps, prompting and repeated practice. The goal of ABA is to have a significant impact on behavior that is socially significant and behavior that is important to the family, loved ones and community in general. ABA is an effective method to teach children and adolescents with autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and other developmental disabilities. ABA procedures are founded in and validated in scientific research.
ABA methodology is utilized to develop: language, social, play, academic, and independent living skills. ABA methods are also implemented to decrease problem behaviors such as: noncompliance, aggression, tantrums, feeding problems and self-injurious behaviors.
Music therapy is a well-established, research-driven profession in which a credentialed music therapist utilizes music strategies and exercises within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy is an allied health service much like physical, occupational, or speech therapy, using music as the medium to attain the goals.
Music therapists use both instrumental and vocal music exercises in individual and group sessions to target non-musical goals. After a thorough assessment of the strengths and needs of each client, music therapists design treatment plans, monitor ongoing progress through evaluation and participate as members of the interdisciplinary team to support a vast continuum of outcomes.
Music is a powerful and noninvasive, and therefore unique outcomes are possible – outcomes that can benefit clients.