Vocal language training, sign language training, Picture Exchange Systems (PECS), Augmentative Communication Devices (ACD) are all forms of effective communication training that we teach based on the needs of the patient.
We identify challenging behaviors and define what those behaviors look like. We then assess why the behavior is occurring and put together a plan to reduce those challenging behaviors. When doing this we also identify replacement behaviors to ensure the patient has the skills necessary to direct their world.
We identify age appropriate behaviors and skills that a patient may not have or may not fully utilize. These include being able to transition between activities, accepting no to preferred items and activities, waiting appropriately, appropriate requests, etc.
While we do not offer tutoring to improve academic skills, we do address behavior concerns in regards to academics. Examples include if your child has difficulty attending to teaching, presents challenging behaviors when presented with academic tasks, has difficulty completing tasks, and asking for help with tasks.
We focus on working towards independence in all areas of one's life. We work on improving dressing, grooming, toilet training, self-feeding, chores, meal-preparation, navigating different places in a community, safety skills, etc.
We use several assessments and supplemental methods to identify and teach appropriate social skills. Examples include starting, sustaining, and ending conversations, turn taking, appropriate interactions with others, game play, accepting losing, etc.
Once a skill has been mastered and maintained by a patient, we will work on generalizing the skill to other people in their environment such as parents, siblings, teachers, extended family, etc. We will also ensure that the patient can use the skills in a variety of settings such as home, school, and community.
As a part of our commitment to families, we provide family support as a part of the therapy process and in a variety of settings. We meet families where they are to develop a plan that best fits the needs of each individual family.