Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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With the advancements in early autism treatment, a diagnosis is not necessarily permanent.

What is ESDM?

ESDM is a “comprehensive, early intervention approach for toddlers with autism ages 12-36 months and continuing until ages 48-60 months…EDSM uses the knowledge of how the typical baby develops to facilitate a similar developmental trajectory in young infants who are at risk for autism.” *

Many studies have shown children with autism who receive a high intensity developmental behavioral intervention starting by age 18-30 months; show major improvements in IQ, language, adaptive behavior, and severity of their diagnosis.

TIME Magazine Article

Forbes Magazine Article

More Clinical Information and Research

*Rogers, Sally J., and Geraldine Dawson. Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, & Engagement. The Guilford Press, 2010

ESDM-Based Programs

Since 2013, our team has been undergoing extensive training from the U.C. Davis MIND Institute, the pioneers of Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).

Our training allows us to incorporate groundbreaking ESDM-based principles within the classroom, therapy room, and home.


Speech-Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Behavioral Therapy

Inclusion Preschool

Social Skills Programs

Early Intervention Class


Upon completion of our training, Happy Talkers will offer ESDM training for the community.

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Early Intervention Program

Evidence has shown that early intervention is key in improving outcomes for children with developmental delays.  Our early intervention program focuses on children between infancy and age five.  Our therapists provide compassionate expert care to help children learn developmentally appropriate language and gain a range of behavioral skills. We provide support services to families, schools, organizations and professionals who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Therapy instruction is individualized in one-on-one or small group settings and can be provided in the home, community or educational settings. We also offer support for children who need help transitioning to school-based learning.

The Infant Development Program (IDP) is our community-based, small group therapy program for children with developmental delays and Disabilities.  IDP is designed to encourage each child’s overall development through fun and developmentally appropriate educational activities! Each child is provided with an individualized therapy plan that integrates IFSP goals as well as the goals from the other therapies (ST, OT, PT, developmental & behavioral therapy).  These goals are then implemented into their daily, theme-based, classroom schedule by our highly trained Team of Educators and Clinicians.  IDP is vendorized by the Regional Center.

Inclusion Preschool

Children learn most effectively from their peers.  If your child has a developmental delay and is ready to learn in a classroom setting, our Inclusion Support Team ensures they have the tools to succeed!  Our low ratios and small class sizes ensure that each child receives the individual support they need.

A member of our Inclusion Support Team will meet with you and your child and help you determine the next best steps for educational success.

Social Skills

Children with ASD and developmental disabilities struggle to understand social cues and communicate their thoughts and feelings effectively.  Numerous studies have established that these children benefit immensely from social skills training. Children with social skill challenges often feel anxious and frustrated because they have a hard time picking up on social cues naturally.

Social skills include everything from joint attention and greetings to understanding the theory of mind and feelings. Social skills programs teach basic social rules (e.g., eye contact, how to be polite) and general social/behavioral expectations at home, school, and typical social situations in order to help children carry these skills over into other environments successfully.


Social Skills: Stepping Stones
For Children 3-5 Years Old

This innovative class will teach your child effective social and functional language skills.  Our goal is to  help them achieve greater success interacting with their peers and their world around them.  Our curriculum features themes, circle time and centers similar to that of a preschool classroom, yet the focus is language and social interaction.   Stepping Stones will encourage independence and interaction with peer models through fun and exciting classroom activities.


Social Skills “All-Stars!”
For Children 6-9 Years Old
For Children 9-12 Years Old

This program focuses on helping our elementary student, “All-Stars” learn strategies and skills that they can carry-over to school and home.  We focus on making and keeping friends and successfully communicating and interacting with others.  We provide a supportive and nurturing environment and activities that encourage social interaction, self-esteem, self-advocacy, understanding and expressing feelings and increasing independence.  Your child will have fun, make new friends and build their confidence as they successfully interact with the world around them!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the experience of your clinicians?

We have many clinicians of varying disciplines, specialization and experience on our Team. All exceed minimum qualifications for their professional credential.

We match our clinicians’ approach and talents to the child’s goals, needs, and temperament.

Our Clinicians love to learn and are engaged in continuing education and advanced coursework, bringing cutting-edge principals to SOI.

You can meet our Team Here

Does Happy Talkers accept and bill insurance?

We are approved providers with Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) and Kaiser Permanente. We are Out-of-Network with all other insurance companies and require payment at the time of service.  We do not bill insurance however we provide parents with necessary documentation, at no charge.

I have Out-of-Network (OON) benefits, what are my options?

Check with your insurance by calling the number on the back of your insurance card. Therapy is paid on the day of service in full and in return, you will receive a medical superbill. Submit your medical superbill to insurance and you will be reimbursed directly. Each reimbursement rate is dependent on your benefits, contact your insurance for those rates.

What is required to begin therapy?

A recent evaluation/assessment within the past 6 months and/or a recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are helpful with starting individual therapy services.

If your child does not have either, our Care Manager will gladly discuss the best options to determine the treatment recommendations and therapy goals.

Can we stop by to observe the program?

For the safety of our children, we do not allow walk-in visits. However:

If you are interested in enrolling in the preschool classes, you can learn about joining us for an Open House

If you would like to see if School of Imagination and Happy Talkers is right for your child, you can schedule a Family Meeting.

Contact Us and we will be happy to arrange your visit!