The Benefits of Center-Based Therapy
Answering the question, “Why might a treatment center be more beneficial for my child?”
We see your child as an individual.
Whether your child is 2 years old or 10 years old, they have leaned on you and have been an extension of you for the entirety of their life. So, if your child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s natural to be worried about how your child will fare without your support. Your child may be sweet, funny, strong-willed, or all of the above. They may be a picky eater, an avid learner, or shy around other people. As unique as your child is, our autism treatment program for your child will be just as unique.
We will build an individualized treatment plan tailored to your child’s specific needs. Then, and only then, will we determine the best approach for therapy. Often, this approach requires hands-on therapy in the comfortable learning environment of our autism treatment center.
As a parent, you only want to see your child succeed when they step out into the world. We have found that the best way to ensure success is to place your child in a controlled environment where real-world moments can be replicated. From learning to answer simple questions to playing nicely with other children, our therapists work on everything that your child will face in public in the relaxed atmosphere of our treatment center.
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Applied Behavior Analysis
Our treatment center is a safe space. All of our staff are specifically trained for intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques. Within ABA, the focus is WHY a behavior is occurring. By approaching behaviors in this way, we are able to use the principals of reinforcement to increase appropriate actions and focus on teaching new skills and replacement behaviors for any challenging conduct. For example, a common targeted skill in ABA therapy is communication. When a child is taught an appropriate way to communicate their wants and needs (such as, using words to request an item or a visual that represents what they want), they would no longer need to engage in a challenging behavior (such as, yelling or throwing a tantrum) because they have been taught to communicate what they want.
Some of the skills we teach include:
- Self-help skills like toilet training, teeth brushing, and correcting eating problems
- Social and play skills to help your child make and maintain friends and have positive interpersonal relationships
- Communication skills to enhance overall language development
- Academic skills to prepare your child to thrive in an educational setting
At our treatment center, learning is maximized by utilizing both one-to-one (1:1) and small-group settings. One-to-one offers an opportunity to break down abilities into smaller teachable skills and small-group settings offer opportunities to promote generalization or practice those skills in a more natural environment. This simply means that your child will receive dedicated attention from one of our therapist to develop and work on a certain skill and then will put these newly learned skills to use in a small group environment. Again, the approach that will benefit your child the most is determined based on their specific needs.
As mentioned before, your child is unique, so your child’s treatment plan should be individualized to their specific needs and learning style. We recognize that your child may require coordination of care with other service providers, so we offer the ability to receive multiple therapy types with the ease of one location. Many of our treatment centers provide certified Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and Occupational Therapists working together, allowing your child to receive a collaborative and integrative treatment model. Our clinicians work together to ensure all areas of need are identified and targeted through comprehensive treatment planning.
We do not just see your child as an individual, we treat them as such also. At our autism treatment centers, you can be confident that your child is receiving the quality of care that is right for them and right for your family. If you’d like to learn more about our autism treatment centers, we’d love for you to stop in and take a tour of our facility and learn first-hand from our highly trained clinical staff. You can sign up for a tour below: