About PELE Center
- The overall aim of the PELE Center is to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive early intervention
systems to address the developmental needs of young children who are at risk for school failure, and young children
with special needs, including children with autism and children with severe behavioral disorders.
- Operate an early intervention program (LEAP Preschool) for young children with autism and their
families conducted in concert with school districts around the country. The LEAP Preschool is one of eight
programs nationally recognized as efficacious by the National Academies of Science.
- Provide ongoing technical assistance to school districts aimed at improving the quality of
evidence-based options for young children with autism and their families. Based upon the LEAP Model,
this work has involved some 70 school districts in 22 states.
- Provide technical assistance to local school districts, Head Start programs, and mental health
agencies on key features of behavioral teacher and parent training that can prevent the occurrence of challenging behavior.
- Perform research to address critical issues for young children and their families affected by challenging behavior.
- Provide clinical services to children with autism, developmental disabilities and significant challenging behaviors.
- House a variety of research and training grants which include:
- The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
- Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention
- LEAP - USA (Using Science-Based Approaches) randomized, controlled trial and the LEAP Follow Up Study
- Prevent, Teach, Reinforce Program for Challenging Behavior
- Early Intervention Colorado Autism Guidelines and Training Project