Creative Learning Solutions offers different programs for those with ASD, young autistic individuals, and those who need the concepts described below, but do not identify as being on the autism spectrum.
- The Davis® Autism Approach, facilitated or coached. The goal of this program is to enable children or adults to participate more fully in life. An initial meeting and consultation help the family and the facilitator to better determine the needs of a particular individual and the time frame for completion of the program.
The Davis® Autism Approach consists of three phases: Individuation, Identity Development and Social Integration.
- The Davis Stepping Stones Program is intended for autistic individuals under the age of 8; those with very limited language; and/or autistic individuals who have been using the NOIT (Natural Orientation Induction Tool) and begun individuating. This program is designed to help an individual complete essential early childhood development stages.
- The Davis Life Concepts Program is a program for anybody who \experiences confusion, difficulty and anxiety related to daily occurrences and schedules, and social situations and relationships, but does not identify as being on the autism spectrum. It includes the same sequence and content and moves at a pace that is appropriate for the client.
Individuation is the process of becoming self – separate from others; instead of ‘everything and nothing at the same time’, which is how Ronald D. Davis, labeled a Kanner’s baby at birth, described the period of time before he developed a sense of self. This phase can take from a few weeks to a few months.
Identity Development enables the person to build and integrate knowledge that will serve as a foundation for the unique identity of that person. This stage consists of Davis Concept Mastery® and exploration, starting with simple ideas and progressing into more complex ideas that describe how and why we act as we do. The length and frequency of these sessions varies with the client and his family’s schedule and can require as little as a few weeks but often will occur over the course of a few months or even a year.
Social integration is a process in which the individual gains an understanding of the rules and terms of interacting with others, so that he can make appropriate social responses to future life experiences. This phase of the program depends on the completion of the first two phases; sometimes the individual is given a short period of time to experience life with full awareness of the concepts introduced in identity development before moving on to social integration.
The symptoms and characteristics of those individuals who benefit most from this program are different for each person. For a list of possible characteristics of a person with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA), or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), please see Martha Kate Downey’s List of Characteristics.