Initial Evaluation
Children are seen by a team of specialists with training and expertise in behavioral interventions. Some children may benefit from highly intensive early intervention, while other children may only require limited visits to our clinic or consultation between our staff and school personnel. Our goal is to identify a number of developmental and behavioral procedures that will result in the most rapid acquisition of targeted skills.

Program Selection
Children with an autism spectrum disorder may not acquire skills through daily interactions in their home or school environment like many of their typically developing peers. Based on the needs of each child, our staff will develop a program of language, social, pre-academic, academic, and daily living skills. To effectively teach children with autism, tasks are broken down into small, measurable units, and each skill is practiced repeatedly until the child masters it.

Treatment
During therapy sessions, evidence-based strategies are used to teach a variety of skills. Trained therapists conduct behavioral procedures based on developmental and behavior-analytic principles. Programs take place across settings ranging from individualized work at a desk to naturalistic play interactions with adults and/or peers. Progress is continuously monitored as data are graphed, reviewed, and analyzed by therapists and supervising psychologists. Data are used to guide program development and refine interventions.

Generalization
Once skills are mastered, they are practiced periodically to make sure children maintain them. The skill is practiced in different settings to ensure the skill occurs in a variety of environments and with a variety of people.

Parent Training
Once an effective treatment is developed, care providers are trained on how to use it. Long-term success of the treatment depends on how accurately the program is carried out by parents, teachers, in-home aides, and other caregivers. To facilitate accurate use of the treatment, caregiver training includes written and spoken instruction, modeling, role-play, and feedback.

To make an appointment
Phone: (402) 559-3716
Toll Free: (800) 656-3937 ext. 93716
Fax: (402) 559-5950

NOTE: An evaluation will not be scheduled until you complete the screening form.  Once you complete and submit the form, a staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Online screening form
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