Services

Our office provides services in the following areas:

Psychological, Developmental & Diagnostic Evaluations
ABA Services
Adolescent Services
Social Skills Groups

Learn more about each service area below or please call our office for more information.

PSYCHOLOGICAL, DEVELOPMENTAL & DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATIONS

Whether you need an initial diagnostic evaluation to clarify the reason for developmental concerns or an updated assessment of current levels of functioning for services or planning purposes, a comprehensive evaluation is often a great place to start.

Developmental evaluation provides important and useful information about your child’s individual profile of strengths and weaknesses. It can help to identify individualized recommendations for interventions for improvement in a number of developmental areas including learning, communication, emotional well being, behavior, social skills and self-help skills.

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION — Our wait list for an evaluation is typically two to three months, however please call us for updated information. This is often a significantly less wait time than comparable providers in the area, and it can ease your mind as a parent to know you are seeking support from professionals who will partner with you in assisting your child.  If preferred, a consultation appointment to determine the need for a full evaluation may be made, generally within two weeks.


ABA SERVICES

Intensive behavioral intervention based on the principles of ABA has become the standard of treatment in autism intervention, with decades of empirical support. Intervention programs begin with a comprehensive assessment of a child’s skills, individual strengths and weaknesses, and family needs. Our behavioral consultants work under the supervision of Dr. Hansen (see Staff). An intensive ABA program may consist of 25 – 40 hours of intervention per week, depending on the needs of the child. A less intensive program may also be appropriate for children who are older, in full day school, have less intense needs or other factors. Services are available for children of all ages toddler through adolescence.

Treatment usually begins as home-based with generalization to the school and community environments. Intervention methods pull from empirically supported ABA approaches including discrete trial training (DTT), verbal behavior (VBA), natural environment training (NET), and precision teaching methods. Staff are trained and experienced with PECS and other forms of alternative communication, including AAC systems on the iPad. Goals are developed to increase skills in the areas of communication/language, socialization, self-help, play/leisure, motor, and academic skills, while decreasing problematic behaviors. Instructors are hired by the family and directly trained by our behavioral consultants.


ADOLESCENT SERVICES

Research documents that many ABA techniques are effective for building skills in adolescents and adults with autism and related disorders. Additionally, ABA methods are useful for helping individuals and families manage some of the difficult behaviors that may accompany autism. Many individuals have learned to work and live successfully in their communities thanks to ABA treatment.

~ Modified from Autism Speaks website

Programs focus on the client’s increased independence through three main components: functional academics, life skills instruction and vocational training. These are met through a combination of:

  • Regular community-based opportunities to apply skills learned to real-world setting such as grocery store, restaurants, and library
  • Development of leisure and recreational activities
  • Continued focus on communication and social skills
  • Decreased problematic behavior
  • Increase self-regulation, coping skills
  • Parent and/or staff training and support
  • Preparation for transition from school to vocational environment

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS

Children with autism spectrum disorders and related difficulties (often due to ADHD, anxiety or language delays) frequently benefit from specific instruction in social skills development delivered in a group format.

Groups are organized by level of cognitive and language functioning as well as age and individual needs. Areas targeted for intervention may include:

  • conversation and pragmatic language skills, such as nonverbal communication, staying on topic, greetings, initiating and responding to invitations to play with peers
  • learning to wait
  • good sportsmanship in games
  • identifying emotions and developing coping strategies
  • increasing flexibility
  • increasing age-appropriate interactive leisure skills
  • joint attention
  • learning social language and interaction with the assistance of an AAC device

Lessons are taught through explicit instruction, practice, role play and video modeling, structured group games, and cooperative play activities. Skills in coping with anxiety, anger and frustration are often targeted in these groups.  Groups may use specific activities such as art or cooking to facilitate opportunities for social skills and social language development.

Groups generally consist of 3-5 children with an adult facilitator who is supervised by Dr. Hansen.