Autism Help for South Florida
Spectrum Behavioral Services, Inc. is an interdisciplinary team dedicated to supporting, implementing, and facilitating, for families, a working autism assistance plan that is suitable for their child’s specific goals.
Spectrum Behavioral Services Inc. refers Autism Spectrum Disorder assistance in South Florida. Services referred include: Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, Shadowing, Caregiver Services, and Persona Care Assistants.
Spectrum Behavioral Services, Inc.
is a provider with the
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by restricted and repetitive patterns of interest, behaviors, or activities; and persistent deficits across multiple facets of life in social interaction and communication. These symptoms must present in the early developmental stage (typically within the first two years); and the symptoms must cause significant impairment in occupational, social, and other areas of everyday life.
Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means that there are a wide range of symptoms, abilities, and levels of impairment or disability that a child can have. Some children have significant levels of impairment while others have only mild impairments.
While there is no known cure for Autism, it is important to begin treating the disorder as early as possible through the use of various therapeutic and social techniques. A treatment plan will help to reduce symptoms and will help your child be able to grow, learn new skills, and succeed.
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One of the most successful treatment methods for Autism is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). The main goals of ABA are to shape and reinforce new behaviors while reducing undesirable or negative behaviors. For example, ABA would focus on teaching a child to speak or to play instead of remaining non-verbal. ABA can be a very intensive process, sometimes requiring up to forty hours a week completing one-on-one activities with an Applied Behavioral Analysis Assistant. These sessions would teach the child necessary skills and behaviors that he or she would then strengthen and build upon as the treatment progressed.
Another type of ABA is pivotal response training. This technique focuses on identifying pivotal skills such as self-management that are capable of affecting a wide range of behavioral responses. This intervention requires family members and the child’s parents to be involved and educated as to how to provide skills that allow the child to function in certain situations.
Spectrum Behavioral Services utilizes Applied Behavioral Analysis as one of the treatment approaches for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our referral practice uses an Applied Behavioral Analysist to work with your child throughout the treatment process.
Treatment plans, designed by an applied behavioral analyst, may include activities such as play activities that improve communication, physical activities that improve body awareness and coordination, developmental activities such as brushing their hair or teeth, coping with transitions, and much more.
While each of the above treatment methods are a crucial part of the process, Personal Care Assistants help families learn how to prepare foods for their child if they are picky eaters, how to ensure their child gets plenty of sleep by removing televisions and video games from the child’s bedroom, and how to de-escalate tense situations that could result in an outburst or negative behavior.
Having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is not easy for the child or the parents. We understand that organizing doctor visits, taking care of the family, and managing work and other responsibilities can be very stressful. Because of this, we refer caregiver services for family members here at Spectrum Behavioral Services. Caregivers allow parents to take a break and increase their emotional and social well-being. It has been clinically proven that respite care not only makes a significant positive difference in the lives of families, but it also has a positive impact on family relations.
Caregiver Services provide supportive care and supervision to individuals under age 21 when the primary caregiver is unable to perform their duties. This service is generally used due to a brief planned or emergency absence, but temporarily physically unable to care for or supervise the individual for a brief period of time.
Here at Spectrum Behavioral Services, Inc., with our home base in Boca Raton, we specialize in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder for clients in the South Florida area. We refer services including applied behavioral analysis, respite care, and Persona Care Assistants.
We understand that dealing with autism can be a scary, overwhelming, and stressful task. We want to make treatment of your child as stress-free as possible on both the child and the family. Our therapists will work with you and your family as a team to come up with the best possible treatment plan for your child.
Personal Care Assistants/Caregivers
Personal care assistance is a service that assists a recipient with eating and meal preparation, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and other self-care activities of daily living. The service also includes activities such as assistance with meal preparation, bed making and vacuuming when these activities are essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the recipient and when no one else is available to perform them. This service is provided on a one-on-one basis. Personal care assistants may not be used solely for supervision and may not be used as a substitute for a meaningful day activity.
Autism Help for South Florida – Call Us for Information: 561-491-2335