Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the ONLY researched-based treatment proven to significantly improve the lives of individuals with autism and other special needs. It does so by dramatically decreasing challenging behaviors while increasing skills needed for effective communication, learning, and everyday living. ABA has the power to change people’s lives! Our ABA therapy program provides behavioral intervention and treatment in different forms depending upon each child’s and family’s needs. Each child will have an individualized treatment plan with goals created by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) after a detailed assessment has been performed. Therapy will be implemented through a team-based approach, in which the BCBA and trained Registered Behavior Technicians work together to help each child reach his or her goals. Treatment sessions are conducted in Discrete Trials Training and Natural Environment Training formats and are based upon each child’s individual learning style. Areas targeted include: all domains of functional communication and language, visual discrimination, imitation skills, appropriate play skills, self-help skills, potty training, motor skills, pre-academic skills, social skills, observational learning, generalization, and parent training.
Speech and Language Therapy involves the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders of all ages.
Specific areas of treatment include:
· Expressive Language
· Receptive Language
· Phonological Awareness
· Apraxia of Speech
· Augmentative Communication
· Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties
· Social Communication skills
· Self-Calming Skills
· Understanding and Following Directions
· Reading and Story Comprehension
· Appropriately expressing wants and needs
· Taking turns in conversation or play
· Stayin on-topic in Conversation
· Establishing or Initiating attention
· Understanding social rules
· Reading social cues
· How to us appropriate language in specific situations
· Perspective-Taking and understanding other points of view
· Making Inferences
· Figurative Language
Occupational Therapy is a field of therapy dedicated to ensuring clients can do the activities they need to do each day as well as the activities which bring their life meaning. In the pediatric setting, these skills include activities of daily living (brushing teeth, brushing hair, daily hygiene, etc) self-dressing skills (fasteners, dressing self, tying shoes, etc), play skills. and academic skills (handwriting, cutting, etc). Within these areas Occupational Therapists will typically work on activity specific skills as well as foundation skills which include areas such as fine motor strength, coordination, balance, visual perceptual skills, ocular motor skills, sensory processing, executive functioning, cognition, body awareness, and many other areas. Occupational Therapists can work on many different skills and if there are concerns with fine motor skills, coordination, sensory processing, or delays in academic, self-care/self-dressing, and play skills, an Occupational Therapy evaluation may be beneficial to determine if weekly specialized occupational therapy services are warranted.
Axis utilizes the SOS Approach to feeding, one of the most well researched methods to tackling difficulties with feeding and mealtimes. SOS feeding is the “Sequential Oral Sensory” approach to feeding therapy. While utilizing the steps to feeding, this approach systematically introduces new foods to your child while working on both the sensory processing and the oral motor skills needed to independently participate in self-feeding and mealtime activities. A few red flags that may warrant a feeding evaluation include: difficulty gaining or maintaining weight, consistent choking, gagging, and/or coughing during meals, frequent issues with vomiting, inability to transition to baby food purees by 10-months, inability to accept any table food solids by 12-months, refusing entire categories of food groups (i.e. proteins, vegetables, etc) AND/OR textures (hard foods, purees, etc), almost always requires a different meal at mealtimes than the rest of the family, less than 20 foods in their repertoire, and frequently gets burned out on foods and “takes a break” from it.
Axis offers social skills groups for ages 10-18. Groups are held Monday and Tuesday evenings each week 5:00-6:00. Based on the needs and goals of the participants, social skills groups may focus on: initiating interaction with peers, forming and maintaining friendships, navigating peer relationships, maintaining a conversation, appropriate language and behavior used in social settings, gameplay (winning and losing gracefully), collaborative group projects, identifying and managing feelings, recognizing and responding to emotions in others, taking the perspective of others, conflict resolution, anger-management, coping skills, and bullying.
Based on the needs and goals of the participants, playgroups may focus on: appropriately initiating interaction with peers, effective listening and communication, taking turns, gross-motor and sensory-motor play, how to be a good friend, play skills development, gameplay and group games, identifying and expressing feelings to others, responding to emotions in others, anger management, coping skills, conflict resolution, direction following, impulse control, frustration tolerance, and attention span.
This group provides an opportunity for parents to meet to share ideas, experiences, resources, discuss a variety of topics related to raising a child with special needs, as well as benefit from the support of other families going through similar situations. Groups are held the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm and are open to the public and free of cost.
Parents and family members of children with special needs often experience a range of emotions that can undermine the family’s well being. Families need a place to turn when they experience feelings and concerns. Our family support services help families cope with the challenges associated with raising and living with a child with special needs, while building their capacity for intervention, advocacy, and knowledge. We strive to empower families through education and support by assisting with understanding the unique needs of their child and informing them on the treatment planning process. We offer explanations of the principles of ABA and direct training on how to implement strategies. A variety of classes workshops will be offered to give families a working knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis and the skills necessary to effectively serve as an interventionist and advocate for your child.