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Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program

At a glance: Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program
Type of therapy
Behavioural
The claim
Improves communication, cognitive functioning, social skills and skills for daily life
Suitable for
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Research rating

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Not yet reviewed by our research sources.
Time

Estimate of the total time for family in hours per week and duration

20+
The time commitment for this program is up to 40 hours a week for a school year.
Cost

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$0-30
The program isn’t offered in Australia, so no information on costs is available.
This program isn’t available in Australia. But it’s based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and other programs based on ABA principles are available in Australia.

What is the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program?

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program is a structured preschool-based early intervention program, based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). The Program uses intensive and individualised instruction to promote communication, social and cognitive skills.

Who is the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program for?

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program is designed for children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There’s also a home-based program for children under three years of age.

What is the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program used for?

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program teaches a wide range of skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These include speech and language skills, social skills, academic skills, cognitive skills and daily living skills. The Program also aims to reduce challenging behaviour.

Where does the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program come from?

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program was developed in 1972 at Rutgers University in the United States.

What is the idea behind the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program?

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program is based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and the idea that skills and behaviour can be taught or improved in a systematic way. The Program promotes the development and use of these skills in a range of different settings like home, preschool, school and the community.

What does the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program involve?

Children in the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program attend preschool or school for 34-45 hours a week for a 12-month school year. Parents and families are expected to provide additional instruction at home.

The DDDC Program for preschoolers has three classes that children can progress through. Each class focuses on developing different skills. The Program can also continue right up to secondary-level classes.

The DDDC Program uses several ABA techniques and interventions for specific purposes. For example:

The program also uses approaches and techniques like Positive Behavioural Support, Functional Communication Training and functional analysis.

Cost considerations

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program isn’t offered in Australia, so no information about its costs is available.

Does the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program work?

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program is based on ABA principles, which are well supported by research.

Who practises the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program?

In the United States, the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program for preschoolers and school-age children is run by certified professionals like teachers and speech pathologists, as well as other trained aides. The professionals who practise this method are Certified Behavior Analysts, accredited through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Parent education, training, support and involvement

This Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program recognises the importance of parent involvement, and parents are provided with training. Parent and sibling support groups are also available.

Where can you find a practitioner?

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) Program is currently available only in the United States.

If you’re interested in this kind of approach, speak with your GP or one of the other professionals working with your child about similar therapies available in Australia. You could also talk with your NDIA planner, NDIS early childhood partner or NDIS local area coordination partner, if you have one.

There are many treatments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They range from those based on behaviour and development to those based on medicine or alternative therapy. Our article on types of interventions for children with ASD takes you through the main treatments, so you can better understand your child’s options.

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Last updated or reviewed
25-11-2016

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