Each child’s individual needs are always considered first.
Behavior analytic strategies (within a cognitive/developmental context) are used to treat the core deficits and associated features of autism.
Established treatments, as defined by the National Standards Project (NSP) and the practice and ethical guidelines set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) are utilized.
Traditional ABA strategies are blended with more contemporary ABA practices with more recent research findings to treat “pivotal” skill areas. Pivotal skills, that when acquired, benefit the child in multiple areas and assist in quicker acquisition and generalization of other skills not specifically targeted.
Teaching individuals to respond to multiple cues, increasing social reciprocity, sustaining attention and joint attention, and increasing quality and quantity of social initiations are some of the skills stressed early in treatment.
Self-management, social thinking (perspective taking, social inferencing, nonverbal communication) and executive function skills such as (planning, working memory, impulsivity) are focuses for later phases of treatment.