PROGRAMS & SERVICES


Autism Treatment

 

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Our state-of-the-art Autism Treatment Program is among the most respected programs anywhere. We have successfully treated thousands of children, adolescents and adults with autism over the past 30 years. Our  program is available at our centers in Florida or at your home or school anywhere in the world. Services are available in English or Spanish.

Also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for lots of questions and answers about autism treatment in general and our program in particular.

SPEECH, LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION TRAINING

The cornerstone of our autism treatment program is teaching or enhancing children’s language and communication skills. We utilize only the most recent, scientifically-proven methods for improving speech, language, and communication. The program has demonstrated success with children ranging from those who do not speak a single word to those who have extensive verbal repertoires but need a bit of refinement in carrying on conversations – and everything in between. The average child in our 10 hour program is learning more than 110 skills per month, each and every month.

The program begins with an extensive evaluation of the child’s verbal repertoire and other essential learning skills. This assessment forms the basis for the child’s individualized intervention program.

The intervention program uses the methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach the child age- and developmentally-appropriate language and learning skills. The ABA method is the most effective treatment known to teach new skills to children with speech and language delays and has extensive scientific support. Children are taught a variety of skills, based on their own unique needs, in 1:1 settings with highly trained therapists.

Objective progress data are taken during every session, on every skill being taught, so that we can always be sure exactly how well and how fast the child is learning. We use these data to ensure that we are continually making progress on each goal and to adjust the program as necessary to achieve the greatest degree of progress possible.

The program is monitored at least weekly by a Behavior Analyst to ensure that the child is making optimal progress. The Behavior Analyst reviews the data on each program being implemented and determines whether each program should be continued, modified, placed on maintenance, discontinued, or another program developed. The Behavior Analyst also periodically monitors each therapist's performance as they implement the programs and provides corrective feedback, if necessary. Such careful monitoring is central to our great success.

Our language training programs are implemented by highly trained Therapists. They have received specialized training and supervised experience in teaching language using the ABA (Verbal Behavior/Discrete Trials Training) approach. All programs are developed and supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts or Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts who have a specialization in teaching language to children with speech delays. All programs are also overseen by our Clinical Director, David Garcia, M.S., BCBA.

These services can be provided in our centers or at your home or school anywhere in the world.

SKILLS TRAINING

Every child can learn and most can learn much faster with greater fluency and retention when appropriate instructional methods are used. Children on the autism spectrum often fail to acquire skills that other children seem to learn effortlessly. This is not a failure of the child -- it is a failure of the instructional methods typically used to teach these children.  When proper curricula and instructional methods are used, these children typically make significant gains. We've had great success teaching children and adolescents on the autism spectrum a wide variety of important self-care and daily living skills including:

  • Grooming  
  • Bathing
  • Dressing/Undressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Taking medications
  • Completing homework
  • Leisure and recreational skills
  • Cleaning after self
  • Preparing meals
  • Sleeping in own bed
We teach these, and many other skills, in the child's home or other appropriate location to promote maintenance of the skills once the training is over. We'll work directly with the child to teach these skills and we'll work with the child's family so that they know exactly how to teach new skills and maintain existing skills.
BEHAVIORAL IMPROVEMENT

Behavior Problems are No Problem! 

We specialize in reducing behavior problems in children, adolescents, and adults. Our treatment methods are quick, highly effective and long lasting. We use the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has been scientifically-proven to be the treatment of choice for reducing undesired behavior and teaching new, desired behavior. We’ve successfully treated thousands of children displaying behavior problems ranging from mildly annoying to life-threatening.

Please see our Behavior Improvement page for detailed information.

EDUCATION & TRAINING FOR PARENTS & PROFESSIONALS
We also offer a variety of training opportunities for parents and professionals who live or work with children who have autism and related disorders. Our expert staff has trained thousands of parents, teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior analysts and specialists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, physicians, and other professionals in the best practices for teaching and treating individuals with autism. You have the option of attending our exciting workshops and other training events in person or via the internet.

See our Training and Education page for more information.

 The major components of our Autism Treatment Program are described below. Just click on any title to get more information.


For more information about our Autism Treatment Program, see our  Frequently Asked Questions page.

All of our services are available at our Florida Autism Treatment Centers, at your home or school in south Florida or at your home or school anywhere else in the world via the internet.

If you would like speak to someone about our Autism Treatment Program, just click on the link to schedule an appointment online. Just choose a time that's convenient for you and we'll give you a call to answer all your questions about our program.  

Don't want to schedule online? No problem. Just  contact us and well schedule a telephone appointment for you.