Early Childhood Development

Positive Discipline

For parents with children 1-5 years of age.

Our early childhood development program is for parents with children of 1-5 years of age and is based on the S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program. This 6-week, 12-hour course provides knowledge and skills in the following areas:

Lead by a parent educator or early childhood specialist, parents discuss current challenges and learn effective strategies that encourage mutual respect.

Parent Coaching

(1 hour/$50)

Parenting challenges often include issues related to sleep, discipline, toileting, mealtimes, sibling rivalry or other behavioral concerns. One-on-one coaching with psychologists, parent educators, and early childhood specialists will help you explore alternatives, generate solutions and enrich the parenting experience.

To register for Positive Parenting or to schedule a Parent Coaching session, please contact Sande Gruskin, Director of the Parenting Place at the Mailman Segal Institute at (954) 262-6975 or sande@nova.edu.

Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinic

The Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinic provides comprehensive psycho-developmental evaluations for children ages birth through five years who are exhibiting developmental delays or are suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. The clinic is housed in NSU's Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, home to the Baudhuin Preschool, an internationally recognized model program for children aged 3-5 with autism spectrum disorder and Starting Right, for children 18 month to 36 months of age diagnosed with, or at risk for, an autism spectrum disorder.

The assessment battery administered under the supervision of a licensed psychologist is individualized for each child. A typical assessment battery may include the following: behavioral and/or "Gold Standard" autism diagnostic assessments, developmental assessments to measure the child's current levels of intellectual and developmental functioning, psycho-educational assessments to measure academic and pre-academic achievement, and adaptive behavior assessment to assess the child's competence in meeting independent needs and satisfying the social demands of his/her environment.

The primary goals of the evaluation are to identify current levels of functioning, facilitate diagnostic decisions, assess developmental skills, and obtain a comprehensive understanding of the child in order to provide individualized recommendations for treatment and service planning.

The Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinic was established through a lead gift from the Unicorn Children's Foundation, which is dedicated to helping all children with communication and learning disorders.

For more information, or to schedule an assessment, contact Jennifer D. Ries, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist & Clinical Supervisor, Jennifer.Ries@nova.edu 954-262-7089 (office).