We aim to treat the whole child with evidence-based methods that prioritize treating medical and psychiatric conditions as well as treating the core symptoms of autism using a robust combination of strategies.
All children are screened for a host of commonly occurring medical conditions as documented in the literature. If problems are identified, they are actively treated under the care of an appropriate physician. Methods used to treat medical conditions are best-practice and based on the most current evidence.
The strategies we employ for treating the non-medical core deficits include a multi-method functional behavioral assessment that involves a thorough evaluation of setting events using observation and diagnostic testing, and also using physiological parameters during real-time events. Behaviors that don’t appear to have a clear cause or antecedent or behaviors that are persistent despite behavioral treatment warrant further evaluation for underlying medical causes.
Commonly used components of our best-practice program that support the child in the learning environment include positive behavioral intervention supports (PBIS), naturalistic teaching strategies that teach skills in context as opposed to using a repetitive rote trial method (discrete trial training), modeling and video self-modeling, visual schedules, temporal and environmental organization strategies, functional communication training, story-based interventions, emotional self-regulation teaching using a variety of strategies, scripting and journaling.
Diet is an important factor in the treatment of a child with complex autism. Our dietary strategy is centered on a whole-foods (non-processed) organic diet that excludes as many ingestible toxic substances as possible.
Exercise Each child also partakes in a vigorous exercise program to increase their ability to attend and engage in the learning environment. Simultaneously vigorous exercise is used as a strategy to decrease maladaptive behaviors.
Sleep is enhanced by quality food, orderly and structured routines, and vigorous exercise programs, all of which help to reestablish natural circadian rhythms. These components implemented together reduce the chronic stress that the child experiences and helps them to function and feel better.
The curriculum is aligned with the NYS Common Core Standards and is both developmental and functionally-based. Each program is highly individualized, structured and guided by data that is aggregated on an on-going basis. The program is result oriented. If a child is not progressing, the team will meet to conduct a review of the program, and amend the program as necessary.