We Do What Works
Science does not yet have all the answers about the causes & treatment of ASD but it has helped identify proven treatments. The field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has identified a number of specific treatment techniques that consistently show positive results. We have had great success in helping children and adolescents achieve independent functioning by following and building on this approach
We know that a somewhat accelerated rate of treatment intensity is needed because we’re trying to help children with developmental delays learn at a faster-than-normal rate. That’s really the only way for them to catch up to their typically developing peers. In terms of measurements, it means we’d like to see children with delays achieve more than one month’s growth for every month spent in treatment.
In planning treatment intensity, we are very careful to structure it so that it is appropriate for the individual child. We know from experience that there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all for the kids. A typical intervention averages 20 – 40 hours of therapy per week and structured peer interactions are part of every individual’s program by the end of the first year of treatment. We also identify the children who benefit from placement in small group settings and have them "shadowed" by a therapeutic aide; so as they participate in playgroups, school classroom and community settings, we can help ensure progress in these challenging environments.