Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy is a structured and systematic approach to reduce the intensity, frequency and/or duration of challenging behaviors and increase the use of critical adaptive behaviors for those individuals who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Challenging behaviors can include, but are not limited to aggression, property destruction, self-injury (scratching, biting, head-banging), and self-stimulatory behavior which may be repetitive and ritualistic (rocking, pacing, jumping up and down, gazing, lining up objects). Critical adaptive behaviors include, but may not be limited to functional communication skills (e.g., asking for a “break,” pointing to a picture of a desired item or activity), pro-social behavior (e.g., cooperative play, staying on task), completing activities of daily living, eating, and toilet training.
CPT is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in helping individuals learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. In so doing, they create a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event so that it reduces its ongoing negative effects on their life.
Autism Care & Support utilizes our unique adaptation of the Social Integration Model™ to help normalize behaviors of our clients. The philosophical goal is to assist each person in achieving maximum social functioning so that they socially integrate into their families and society at large and can enjoy those benefits of ‘belonging and participating’.
Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.
This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices. It can also prepare individuals for further, more specific types of therapies. Research has shown that this intervention works well with individuals who start off unmotivated or unprepared for change. It is less useful for those who are already motivated to change. Motivational interviewing is also appropriate for people who experience challenges with emotional management and regulation. They may not be ready to commit to change, but motivational interviewing can help them move through the emotional stages of change necessary to find their motivation.
Individual therapy is a process of self-exploration and understanding in a safe environment so individuals can better understand and examine various aspects of their life and learn how to build new and healthier relationships.
Expanding social skills beyond college and incorporating job-related activities into healthy relationship development is a unique and creative aspect of our skill development programming. A crucial part of developing a successful program of this kind is rooted in collaborating with community members who can help with jobs or volunteer opportunities as clients progress through the program.