Our integrated treatment model implemented by our multidisciplinary treatment team is the ideal approach for treating children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Spectrum Assessment
Our center administers a series of assessments that have been deemed the “gold standard” for diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through these different assessments, our qualified doctoral level psychologists make an accurate diagnosis, while determining if a co-existing disorder is present. We frequently see depression or anxiety accompany an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, however, there are many other possible co-existing disorders. A comprehensive report of the findings will be written; included will be a diagnosis, if there is one, recommendations for treatment, and academic accommodations, if appropriate. This report includes the required assessments schools and colleges require for academic accommodations.
If a client already has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, they will complete the Initial Diagnostic Assessment. This assessment reviews previous testing, the client's developmental, medical, academic and psycho-social history. This assessment uses rating scales and a clinical interview to identify the clients current functioning, presenting concerns, any possible co-existing disorders, and then will determine the client's specific treatment needs.
Individualized Treatment Plan
An individualized treatment plan is developed for each client based on the psychologist’s assessment and treatment recommendations to address the client's specific treatment needs.
To address the impacts of an autism spectrum disorder, specialized treatment services will be included in the treatment plan. These can include, cognitive behavioral therapy will be used to address self-esteem, manage their feelings of anxiety, anger, depression, and reduce their feelings of inadequacy arising from their difficulty communicating and interacting with others. Role play, life skills coaching, exposure therapy to triggering situations, social skills training, and group therapy will help the client develop and implement more effective social skills and become more confident in social situations.
Teaching parents research-based strategies in parent counseling, parent child interaction therapy, behavioral treatment plans and family therapy are effective in helping parents feel more effective and competent in the management and support of their child.
Therapists can also work with the child's teachers to help them implement more effective accommodations, and behavioral management plans in the classroom. Therapists can also provide teachers with more effective intervention strategies when the child becomes overwhelmed by anxiety or has explosive outbursts.
Parent support and counseling groups are valuable in helping parents meet, support, and learn from other parents coping with similar situations.