Verbal Behavior Therapy
Children with language delays, and particularly those with autism, tend to develop language in different ways than their typical peers. Understanding the purpose of language, rather than simply focusing on learning words, can make all of the difference in a language acquisition program. During verbal behavior therapy, children can learn not only how to communicate their wants and needs, but can also learn to problem solve by asking questions, describe sensations of pain or discomfort, express their emotions, tell about their day, and even come up with a creative story.
Behavior Reduction Therapy
Behavior reduction therapy can be provided as a stand-alone service, or in combination with a verbal behavior program, depending on the client's needs. All families who have children that engage in challenging behaviors that are difficult to manage can benefit from a behavior reduction program, not only those who have special needs. Behavior reduction procedures can be applied in a variety of settings, including out in the community, at school, or in the home. We take pride in creating treatment recommendations that are suitable and adaptable to any family or caregiver dynamic that is willing to consistently apply the given recommendations.
Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EiBi)
In our EiBi program, intervention is provided in a preschool-type setting where clients receive 1:1 intervention while encountering several facilitated peer interactions throughout the day. By providing 1:1 verbal behavior and behavior reduction therapy in a peer setting, we not only set the stage for future school behavior, but we also incorporate and improve social interactions to make them more enjoyable and reinforcing in the long run. Our EiBi programs typically include expressive and receptive communication, play, social interaction and early academic goals, and are always individualized and unique to each client.
Clients who only require intervention in the area of social skills may benefit from a social facilitation program that is implemented in an already existing social setting such as a school or afterschool activity or group. These clients may also benefit from our social skills group; however, availability for those groups depends on having multiple peers with similar needs. With social facilitation, social goals can be facilitated and practiced in other school and community settings in order to expedite social development.
This service is typically provided to older clients who need help interacting with people in the community. Goals in the community facilitation program can include planning and preparation for outings, maintaining awareness and safety during outings, identifying community helpers and reaching out for help, completing financial transaction and managing money, etc.