Behavior Modification is an integral part
of healing the child with autism. Our highly trained teachers
and therapists provide intensive instruction using the methods of
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Applied in a comprehensive,
intensive, and sustained way, we carefully plan learning opportunities
for children and reinforce desired behaviors at a high rate. Each
behavioral intervention is highly individualized and tailored to
each child's current levels of functioning and projected future.
Because parental involvement is a crucial component of effective
behavior changes, we provide opportunities for parents to learn
and practice ABA interventions during therapy.
Early behavioral intervention greatly improves language, social
skills, play, self-help, and problematic behavior such as tantrums,
stereotypic and ritualistic responding, withdrawl, self-injury and
aggression. Successful integration into standard schools is another
positive effect that is well supported by data. Children with autism
respond very well to repeated active interaction with therapists.
The optimal age to begin intensive behavioral intervention is
before the age of 5. So far the best
outcomes have been reported for children who started treatment at
age 2 or 3
for 40 hours per week. (Lovaas 1987)
Mathematics Mathematics is taught through Literature
based instruction. This is a creative new way to teach
math. By using interesting, fun-filled stories with concepts such
as "big, bigger, and biggest," we teach:
weight, money, time, fractions, numerals and more. Unifix cubes
are used to help children match cubes to numerical expressions.
Other math manipulatives are used for sorting, counting, coin discrimination,
problem solving, number recognition, basic number facts, sequencing
Textured, tactile shapes of numbers and interlocking magnetic
numbers are used to help children outline each number to reinforce
recognition, formation and shape. Students also compare color, texture
and shape with pattern block activities. Abstract math concepts
become real to students when they touch, count compare, stack, sort
Reading & Writing Reading and Writing are also taught through
a Literature Based Approach! Fun filled stories are used
to discriminate sight words, build meaning from new words and enhance
phonological awareness. Flash cards are used as a simple and fun
way to build up vocabulary and develop word and image recognition.
Hands on activities help children practice handwriting skills. Letter
grove manipulations and modified pencil grips are used to help the
child acquire more controlled motor skills and to help form letters
correctly. Teachers use magnetic and tactile letters for multi-sensory
fun that teaches writing in a kinesthetic way. Desk tapes, and modified
handwriting paper also assist the child with limited fine motor
Arts & Crafts Children get a real taste of the Arts!
Motor skills are enhanced through several types of painting! We
use washable paint, easy grip beginners paint brushes, giant washable
color ink pads, giant picture stampers, alphabet stampers, super
stencils, and finger paints- and that's just the beginning!
We also use finger tip painters, so children can paint colorful
swirls and draw playful shapes. We stamp out amazing patterns, outline
pictures and more! We use sponge-painting bowls, sponge paint designs-
with easy grip beginner sponge patterns and jumbo glitter painters.
Come join a fun-filled field trip to the park where we get real
messy and we have a lot of FUN...
Eye-Hand Coordination & Fine/Gross Motor
Skills Everyone has a great time when they build
texture structures and vehicles using interlocking blocks,
primary color building blocks, wood blocks and legos. Other hands
on manipulatives such as: puzzles, pegboards, attribute lacing buttons
and plastic beads help children build the necessary eye-hand coordination
skills as well as build fine motor skills.
Giant activity balls, and heavy duty vinyl kangaroo jumping balls
are used to build large muscle strength and balance. Specially designed
soft balls, special texture balls and all sized utility balls are
used to practice gripping, throwing, catching, kicking and bouncing
and to enhance gross motor skills.