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Mercy Autism Services

CHIP Program


Research has clearly established that early intervention is a critical factor in an effective treatment program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In recognition of the value of early intervention, CHIP (Clinic Home Intensive Program) has developed an intensive comprehensive intervention program dedicated to serving preschool children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). CHIP is the only multidisciplinary intensive therapeutic treatment program for preschool children in Northwest Ohio. CHIP incorporates clinical therapies with home-based consultation meeting the National Academy of Sciences Recommendationsfor Effective Interventions for Children with ASD  (2001).

CHIP is a model designed to meet the individual needs of children with communication, sensory, and social needs characterized by ASD using a comprehensive developmental approach.

CHIP addresses the needs of children with ASD in a highly structured and nurturing environment with rich staffing ratios. We employ a unique team approach that includes a pediatric speech-language pathologist, a pediatric occupational therapist, an education specialist, a behavior consultant, and other ASD-specific educated program interventionists working together to help each child acquire the language, social, physical, and academic skills necessary to successfully transition to the least restrictive preschool or school age program .

In order to maximize opportunities for socialization with typically developing peers and generalization of newly acquired skills, a peer-modeling program in conjunction with a private educational center is incorporated into the transition phase of CHIP. Those children, who are ready for the transition phase, will be afforded opportunities to interact with their peers in order to generalize play skills and social language abilities.
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