Stepping Stones I

Purpose

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The purpose of the Davis Stepping Stones program is to facilitate the individual through the completion of the essential early childhood developmental stages which are missed, blocked, or reduced due to autistic characteristics, through integrating foundational life concepts and developing self-regulation skills.

Overview 

Highly trained, caring Davis Autism Approach Facilitators work individually with each client, so the program is delivered at their pace and according to their needs and goals. 

The Facilitator works with both the client and the helper/support person. Depending upon the age and ability of the client, the Facilitator one-on-one time will vary. In many cases, most of the session will focus on the Facilitator coaching the helper/support person to work with the client at home. Davis Stepping Stones is a four step program. 

First, the support person is given a set of self-regulation tools, to assist them to be calm and relaxed while working with the client. 

Second, the client is assisted in becoming more present in the world around them by developing accurate perceptions and gaining an awareness of self through the use of Davis® Auditory Orientation and Self-Regulation Tools.

Third, a series of fundamental concepts are created using the multisensory medium of plastilina clay.

Finally, the learning is consolidated with daily life experiences, essential in allowing the client to integrate the concept for themselves and build a 'filing system' for their future thinking and behavior.

Auditory Orientation - Focus
Stress Management - Release
Energy Regulation - Dial

Self Regulation Tools

Age

(3) 4-8 years and individuals over the age of 8 with limited verbal ability 

Program Length

15 - 30 hours 

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Learning Content

Concepts

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  • Self

  • Another

  • Others

  • Change

  • Consequence

  • Cause and Effect

  • Before and After

Integration of Life Concepts

Experiencing the concepts in everyday life.

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Change

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Program Outcomes

Although no specific changes can be guaranteed, in almost all cases positive and lasting changes have been experienced. Below are general trends that Davis Autism Facilitators see in their clients: 

  • Better self-awareness (eg. expressing appropriate pain when injured) 

  • Better self-regulation (can calm themselves down) 

  • Fewer meltdowns 

  • Less resistance to change 

  • Willingness to try new things 

  • Increased ability to refer to self as ‘I’ or ‘me’ 

  • Increase in pretend play 

  • Growth in language 

  • Increased understanding of cause and effect 

  • Can follow instructions using the ideas of before and after 

More information about the

Davis Stepping Stones Program 

can be found below.

 

Stepping Stones II

Purpose

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The purpose of Davis Stepping Stones Program 2, is to build on the previously acquired Davis Stepping Stones concepts and self regulation skills, facilitating additional foundational early childhood development.

Overview 

Additional concepts of time, sequence, order and disorder are facilitated following the same format and approach to Davis Stepping Stones.

Self Regulation Tools

Auditory Orientation - Focus
Stress Management - Release
Energy Regulation - Dial

Program Length

15 - 30 hours 

Age

6-8 years and 

individuals over the age of 8 with limited verbal ability 

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Advanced Davis Stepping Stones Concepts

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  • Time

  • Sequence

  • Order/Disorder

Integration of Life Concepts

Experiencing the concepts in everyday life.

 

Program Outcomes

Although no specific changes can be guaranteed, in almost all cases positive and lasting changes have been experienced. Below are general trends that Davis Autism Facilitators see in their clients: 

  • Better self-regulation

  • Less resistance to change

  • More able to predict situations

  • Willingness to try new things

  • Greater understanding of the passage of time

  • Reduced rigidity

  • Increased understanding of cause and effect

  • Better able to understand and follow instructions

  • More flexibility

  • Less meltdowns

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