Intensive Day Program
Our intensive day program provides a simulated pre-school for children aged 0 to 6 years of age. Children learn Kindergarten readiness skills through small group activities and one-on-one instruction.
We are now providing an after-school program between the hours of 3:00-6:00pm. Our after-school program is open to youth ages 5-17. Youth are divided into one of three groups based on age and developmental fit. In the after-school program, clients are supported by staff in areas such as homework completion, building tolerance and endurance within everyday tasks and routines, independently following a routine, social engagement and communication, as well as other self-help and communication skills.
The purpose of our social skills groups is to guide and support children in their development of self-awareness, coping skills, perspective-taking and empathy toward peers. We teach appropriate and fluent conversation and interactive play skills to children. The program is designed to provide our children with the tools they need to interpret “hidden” social cues and understand social conventions. Individual Treatment Plan goals are embedded into group activities and projects to maximize generalization and maintenance of skills.
Each group session is facilitated by our Program Coordinator and overseen by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. All groups include age-appropriate neurotypical peer mentors who have been taught using a specific Peer Modeling Curriculum to help other children learn social skills when the peer models show good social skills themselves. Research suggests that using peer trainers is a highly efficacious treatment alternative to adult teaching only. In addition, children with autism often have a harder time making friends; and so peer models may help them by being a friend.
Our home programs offer many of the same therapies as our center-based programs, but are conducted in your home and in the community focusing on natural environment training.
Families play a key role in effective treatment for children with autism. We regard parents as partners in the delivery of our services. We strive to educate them about their child’s diagnosis and how to effectively manage it because, ultimately, they are the ones who spend most of the time with the child.
We also help local businesses, such as restaurants and dental practices learn how to best serve children with autism.