When we discuss autism, it’s necessary to realize we’re talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a collection of developmental disorders ranging in intensity from hardly noticeable to life-altering. Therefore, discovering where an individual currently sits along the spectrum is key in finding the right autism treatment program. Ascend Autism’s autism treatment program, provided both in-person and through telehealth, can give families in Worcester, MA, the help they need to support family members with ASD.
Ascend Autism’s programs are rooted in the principles of a therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Using the most up to date science on learning and behavior, experts and practitioners in the field understand that ABA is the most effective way to address the difficulties associated with autism. ABA helps individuals improve communication skills, social skills, memory, focus, and daily living activities. As a flexible and pragmatic approach, it relies heavily on positive reinforcement. Ascend Autism embraces this approach looking to help individuals and families achieve their goals in therapy.
Our Autism Therapy Programs
There are different types of applied behavior analysis. Each type emphasizes a particular approach designed to give therapists and caregivers the variety of tools necessary to address specific needs. Some of these types of ABA include:
- Discrete Trial Training (DTT): This breaks a desired behavior into the simplest steps. It uses prompts and rewards at each step or stage, but these rewards are phased out as the treatment continues.
- Early Intervention (EI): This form of ABA is designed for young children, usually under age five, and is conducted one-on-one. EI is usually between 20-40 hours per week of individualized instruction.
- Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT): This approach intends to improve a child’s motivation to learn, self-manage, and initiate communication with others. These are the pivotal areas PRT focuses upon rather than broader behavioral issues. The therapy is usually initiated by the child with ASD and is play-based. In PRT, the entire family is encouraged to make lifestyle changes, so the child with ASD experiences consistency across interactions.
- Verbal Behavior (VB): Sometimes called Verbal Behavior Intervention or Verbal Behavior Treatment, VB is concerned with improving communication and verbal skills. When a child is non-vocal, VB works to help them communicate with a clear, distinct purpose rather than merely functionally. Doing so helps children improve their vocalization as they learn to express themselves and get what they want by using language.
How Ascend Autism Can Help
Ascend Autism’s experts are here to help parents and caregivers sift through the science and treatment of autism spectrum disorder to get at the therapy that best fits their family’s needs. We have various services for treating autism spectrum disorder and commit ourselves to help children and families. For instance, we offer the following:
- Social Skills Work: Someone with autism may not naturally intuit meaning from interactions that come naturally to others. We teach children how to listen, understand, and process verbal and non-verbal cues while encouraging mastery of other one-on-one interactions.
- Parental Services: Parents of children with autism face an assortment of challenges, both emotional and practical. Our parental services programs support caregivers, helping them become a part of a child’s treatment.
- Early Intervention: Autism treatments are most effective when they start as early as possible in the child’s life. Signs of autism can develop in children by 18 months of age.
- Targeted Intervention: This kind of treatment is of particular benefit to school-age children and would benefit from after-school therapy sessions.