Kansas Early Autism Program (KEAP)


Our first mission is to teach young children with autism the skills that they need to live in the community as normally as possible. The selection of skills to be taught is based on the needs of the child and as agreed upon by the parents and the staff. The most common skills that we teach are:

  • Communication skills (such as imitation, learning how to make requests of other people, and initial speech).
  • Social behavior (such as following instructions, interacting appropriately with adults, and playing with peers).
  • Self-help skills (such as eating, using the bathroom appropriately, and brushing their teeth).

Our second mission is to teach our undergraduate students how to teach young children with autism.

Our third mission is to conduct research to discover what are the best ways of teaching children with autism.

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