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, Applied Behavioral Analysis Assistant, Shadowing, Respite Care for Family Members, Home Health Assistance, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy,
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.
There are several branches of ABA that have been created to help children achieve positive results in specific behaviors or skills. Verbal behavior is the most common; and is known as speech therapy. This therapy is conducted by a speech therapist and aims to teach language using sequenced curriculum. The curriculum is designed so that children are able to progress from simple verbal behaviors such as echoing to more complex and practical communication skills. The child is able to learn communication and language skills through the use of techniques such as prompting and error less teaching.
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 Analysis Assistant to work with your child throughout the treatment process.
Because Autism is a disorder that affects multiple aspects of a child’s life, the treatment plan should also incorporate multiple aspects as well. Here at Spectrum Behavioral Services, we provide physical therapy treatments for your child. For children who need assistance developing age-appropriate motor skills, who have low muscle tone, or who have physical problems such as controlling breathing, physical therapy allows these skills to be developed. We tailor, based on your child’s plan, the goals of physical therapy, so that your concerns are incorporated into your child’s therapeutic process.
We are able to help children learn motor skills that are directly related to their age such as hopping, throwing, riding a bike, catching, jumping, and kicking a ball. Physical therapy is also capable of improving your child’s posture, developing fitness programs for older children, treating impairments with coordination and respiratory control, and addressing foot and ankle misalignment and chest wall deformities.
Occupational therapy is also provided here at Spectrum Behavioral Services. This therapy requires the family and other therapists to come together and work as a team to provide a support system for the child. Using occupational therapy, we aim to set goals that will improve social interaction, classroom performance, and behavior.
The therapists will observe your child performing tasks that are age appropriate while we look for issues with any of the following: transition to new activities, attention span, stamina, need for personal space, play skills, motor skills (balance, posture, manipulation of objects), responses to stimuli, interactions between the child and caregivers, and aggressive behaviors.
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.
Our occupational therapist will help your child develop daily living and hygiene skills, perceptual skills, posture, fine motor skills, body awareness, gross motor skills, visual skills, problem-solving, communication, social, and play skills.
While each of the above treatment methods are a crucial part of the treatment plan, home treatment is just as important. We refer home health assistance to families, which continues the skill development from other types of treatments. Home health assistance helps 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 deescalate 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 respite care for family members here at Spectrum Behavioral Services. Respite care allows 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.
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 speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis, respite care, and home health assistance.
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.
Autism Help for South Florida – Call Us for Information: 561-491-2335