The Faison Early Education Center
The Faison Approach
Based on the success of The Faison Center’s Early Education Center in Richmond, we have expanded our Early Education services to the Peninsula Campus. The Early Education Center, Peninsula Campus, embraces a verbal behavior developmental model and uses a personalized approach adapted for each student. The school uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), inclusive and play-based teaching methods, motor planning training and social skills instruction. Students in the Early Education Center are served by a team of licensed behavior analysts, teachers, and teaching assistants.
The Importance of Early Intervention
Early intervention can play a vital role in helping children with autism succeed. The Faison Center recommends taking action immediately after diagnosis, instead of waiting until a child is old enough to enter a day school program at age four or five. As part of the Behavioral Health Clinic, the Early Education Center offers the benefits of an early intervention and educational program to help develop the child’s communication and social skills, and provide parents with helpful support and training. The Early Education Center is designed for students as young as 16 months old.
75% of the Early Education Center "graduates" into a less restrictive environment, usually a general education classroom
Peninsula EEC Leadership
The Faison Center Early Education Center, Peninsula Campus will be headed by Heidi Garcia. Heidi joined The Faison Center in 2010, following her completion of a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education, and became a Virginia-licensed Board Certified Behavioral Analyst in 2016. Since then, she has helped create the Employment Academy, manage The Faison Residence, and became an expert behavioral analyst for The Faison Center’s behavioral consultation services. Currently, Heidi serves as the Assistant Director and Senior Behavioral Analyst at the Peninsula Behavioral Health Clinic.
She is proud to be part of The Faison Center’s vibrant community, and values the opportunities she has been given to work with students, clients, and families across the lifespan.