Lesson Areas and Sample Targeted Skills for Individuals
Following the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), we developed a treatment approach for children with autism spectrum disorder that focuses on minimizing challenging behaviors and maximizing skill acquisition. Once new skills are mastered, we focus on generalization across natural environments (e.g., home, school, community). We endeavor to keep children in mainstream educational classrooms or transition them as soon as appropriate. If necessary, we also provide in-school support services, so children have the support they need to succeed in the classroom.
Challenging Goals and Trackable Process
Using a comprehensive assessment, we identify developmental delays, skill deficits, and challenging behaviors and develop an individualized treatment plan, working with parents/caregivers to prioritize goals and maximize progress. We teach self-help and safety skills and build language and communication, as well as an array of advanced skills, such as the theory of mind, social skills, and executive functioning. Progress is tracked across all domains, so parents/caregivers can visualize their child’s trajectory. The chart below gives more details about our curriculum areas.
Every child’s individualized program is developed and managed by a highly trained CARD clinician who tailors the program to each child’s needs. A team of board-certified technicians implements the treatment plan under the direction of the clinician and participates in training and Regular team meetings to ensure progress. All caregivers (e.g., mom, dad, grandparents, and siblings) are invited to participate in regular center meetings with the entire treatment team, which are designed to review the child’s progress, teach new techniques, and add lessons to the program. For more information about the CARD Child Services Program, please contact one of our centers.