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Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center


The missionĀ 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.

We:

  • Operate an early intervention program (LEAP Preschool) for young children with autism and their families conducted in concert with the Douglas County Public Schools. 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.
  • Conduct an ongoing 18-year longitudinal study of LEAP Preschool graduates that examines the specific role of contemporaneous environments on individuals current level of developmental functioning. 50% of LEAP graduates have achieved typical developmental functioning and these effects have maintained for as much as a decade.
  • Have an ongoing 30-year study of the impact of behavioral parent training on young children with severe emotional disturbances. This longitudinal study shows that early intervention can divert children from the predictable negative consequences of early onset aggression and anti-social behavior.
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Remediation and Prevention of Aggression in Young Children with Severe Emotion Disturbance: A Study of RIP Replication Site Efficacy
    • Prevent, Teach, Reinforce Program for Challenging Behavior
    • LEAP USA (Using Science-Based Approaches) research study on implementation of the LEAP Preschool Model for young children with autism

Web Sites:

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention
http://challengingbehavior.org

PELE Center Staff:

Phillip Strain, Ph.D. Director
Edward Bovey, M.A. Assist. Director
Kelly Wilson
Ronald Roybal
Edy Purcell, MA
Katie Engelhardt, M.Ed.
Kelley Bramlage, M.A.

Contact Information:

Phillip S. Strain, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Psychology
Director, PELE Center
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 193, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Phone: 303-315-4935
Fax: 303-315-4946
Email: phil.strain@ucdenver.edu

Edward Bovey, MA
Assistant Director, PELE Center
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 193, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Phone: 303-315-4934
Fax: 303-315-4946
Email: ted.bovey@ucdenver.edu

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