Little Steps ABA Early Intervention Program

Little Steps

Welcome! We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about our program. The Little Steps ABA Early Intervention Program (Little Steps) provides individualized, high-quality learning opportunities to children with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to work collaboratively with each family and to help each child grow, develop, and achieve to their full potential


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of applying interventions based on principles of learning and motivation to promote socially significant behavior change and to demonstrate that the interventions are responsible for these behavior changes. Over the past 50 years, thousands of published studies have documented the effectiveness of ABA for increasing numerous skills and decreasing challenging behaviors.


Little Steps provides early intensive behavioral services to promote skill acquisition and decrease problem behavior. This program is part of the Edna A. Hill Child development Center in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. The program serves children, ages 2 ½ through 7 years, with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X, and mental retardation. The hours of operation are 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday, during the times that KU classes are in session (including the week of finals). Our program follows the University semester schedule and is closed during spring and fall breaks, intercessions, and all University holidays. Our classroom is conveniently located on the first floor of Haworth Hall and is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Little Steps was founded by Claudia Dozier, Ph.D., BCBA, and Pamela Neidert, Ph.D., BCBA, who are faculty in the Applied Behavior Sciences (ABS) Department at the University of Kansas. Both faculty specialize in intervention, education, and research in the area of skill acquisition and treatment of problem behavior in young children with special needs. They currently serve as Faculty Advisors for Little Steps.

Our program is staffed by student teachers who are pursuing a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and specializing in Early Childhood Education. Graduate students directly supervise undergraduate student teachers working in the program

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