Early Learner

Early intervention can play a vital role in helping children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) succeed. The Faison School for Autism 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. The Faison School’s Early Learner classroom offers the benefits of an early intervention and educational program to help develop the child's communication and social skills and provide the parent with helpful support and training.

The Early Learner classroom is designed for students as young as 16 months old. The program serves a variety of students, including at-risk learners, neurotypical children, and children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities.


The Faison School’s Early Learner program 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. Formalized parent training tailored to the family’s needs is also provided.

Students in the Early Learner program are served by a team of licensed behavior analysts, teachers and teaching assistants. As with all educational services provided by The Faison School, the Early Learner program is accredited by the CABAS® Board and the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF), and are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education.

Schedule and Location

The Early Learner classroom operates Monday through Friday, with a morning session from 8:30am until 11:30am and an afternoon session from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Daily activities include individual and group instruction, social and recreational activities, snack time and toilet training (when applicable). The Early Learner classroom is located at 1506 Willow Lawn Drive, walking distance from the school's main building.


For more information about The Faison School and the Early Learner program, please contact us via email at admissions@thefaisonschool.org or call us at (804) 612-1947.