Preschool Program

The ASSERT program at Utah State University is a state-of-the-art preschool program that uses research-based instructional techniques to address the individual needs of children with autism.

  • Serves children with autism ages 3 - 5

  • Operates 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 12:00pm

  • Located in the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at Utah State University

  • Individualized educational and behavioral programs for each student

  • Specific, measurable outcomes in each need area

Instructional Methodology & Philosophy

A variety of empirically validated instructional methods are used in the program.  These include both highly structured and naturalistic approaches:

  • Discrete-trial training

  • Incidental teaching

  • Video modeling

  • Observational learning strategies

  • Structured peer-play interactions

  • Activity schedules

  • Functional behavioral assessment and intervention techniques to address challenging behaviors

Parent & Family Involvement

Family support is critical to the success of the program.  Parents have the opportunity to be involved in the program on multiple levels:

  • Family involvement in intake assessment

  • Periodic parent training seminars

  • Classroom observation and training

  • Home visits by team leader twice per month

  • Daily communication via notebook exchange

  • Monthly data-based reports of child progress


To inquire about placing your child in the ASSERT preschool program, contact Dr. Higbee via phone: (435) 797-1933 or email: tom.higbee@usu.edu.


 Contact: Dr. Higbee | Phone: 435.797.1933 | Fax: 435.797.3572 | Email:  tom.higbee@usu.edu