Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects 1 in 68 children. Onset is typically early on in the developmental period and is characterized by impairments in social communication and stereotyped or repetitive behaviors.
Research indicates that early diagnosis is essential. All of our staff are trained in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, which typically take six to eight hours. We evaluate your child’s strengths and weaknesses to determine their diagnosis and best treatment options. Our comprehensive evaluations include:
Our home-based ABA program allows for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to come to your home to set up an individualized program for your child, which can include Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), discrete trial training (DTT), pivotal response teaching (PRT), and other techniques of ABA. Once the program is created, we will train you, family members, and any one else who may be teaching your child. We also have our own registered behavior technicians (RBTs) who can come to your home for up to 25 hours a week. The BCBA will monitor, evaluate, and adjust your program to ensure your child is making progress.
Our center-based program operates Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Each class is based on age and/or developmental level and has a maximum of 4 students. Our center-based program is most useful for those students who are struggling in a typical inclusion classroom. Our goal is set up each child’s environment for success, create an individualized program, and then slowly integrate the child from a one-on-one setting, to a diad, and then to a small group. Once the child is successful in a small group with transitions, then we attempt to integrate the child back into their school setting.
We offer 36 weeks of behavioral group therapy focused on social skills, stress and anger management, following directions, hygiene, daily living skills and more. For older adolescents and young adults, our social skills group addresses transportation training, school versus career decisions, budgeting and paying bills, job skill communication, handling household chores, resume building, meal preparation, and general social skills. Register for either six sessions at a time or 36 sessions for the entire school year. During some groups, there is an optional Christian component once every six weeks when a session on spiritual health is taught. Cost is $55 a session, which is billable to insurance. Please call for group days and times.
We have expertise in special education law and are available to assist schools in the following areas:
All of our therapists are trained in behavior therapy, which is supported by research as being effective in teaching new skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. We offer intensive outpatient behavioral therapy services and home-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) programs. Other forms of treatment that we provide include social skills training and cognitive-behavioral therapy to teach stress and anger management.