We recognize that it can be difficult to access treatment for your child. We have a team of experts to help provide continuity of care through each step of your treatment journey.
Step 1: Get Diagnosed
Your child must by diagnosed by an approved diagnosing provider; we have a Clinical Psychologist on staff who is board certified and eligible in:
- Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
- Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics
- Pediatric Neurology
- Adult or Child Psychiatry
- Licensed Clinical Psychology, doctoral level
Insurance companies require either testing or evaluation by a specialized ASD diagnosing provider within one year to confirm the diagnosis.
Step 2: Get a Referral and Authorization
You are in good hands with our Intake Department. They will get all of the necessary documentation required for insurance authorization.
- You’ll get an authorization letter for ABA for six months.
- A re-authorization is required every six months.
Step 3: Schedule an Intake Appointment
Schedule your appointment to discuss treatment options specific to your child’s needs ; a variety of services are available:
- ABA Therapy
- Diagnostic Evaluations
- Psychotherapy (Individual, Couples and Family)
- Social Skills Groups
- Speech Therapy
Alternative Behavior Strategies, Inc. (ABS) focuses on the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help ameliorate deficits and excesses attributable to Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Emotional Disorders. ABS utilizes a variety of ABA techniques that incorporate motivation and function based teaching into the curriculum or family/community dynamic. These techniques vary from:
Verbal Behavior, Pivotal Response Training, Natural Environment Teaching and Positive Behavior Supports to more intense teaching methodologies such as Discrete Trail Training. Behavior change strategies focus on the development of alternative behaviors and establishment of skill sets that can replace maladaptive behavior.
Your authorized ABA Behavior Consultant will:
- Complete an ABA evaluation
- Develop an individual treatment plan
- Work one-on-one with your child
- Help parents and caregivers
- Supervise services provided by assistant behavior analysts and behavior technicians
- Re-evaluate your child as needed
- Care is authorized for six months at a time
Psychotherapy is a form of psychiatric treatment that involves therapeutic conversations and interactions between a therapist and a child/ family/adult. It may be helpful for children (and families) to understand and resolve problems, modify behavior, and make positive changes in their lives. There are several types of psychotherapy that involve different approaches, techniques and interventions.
A combination of therapy approaches may be beneficial, such as:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
- Play Therapy/sand tray therapy
A Diagnostic Evaluation may be helpful for a child who is struggling to meet developmental milestones, has encountered learning problems, or does not appear to be able to function as independently as expected. Diagnostic evaluations for suspected neurodevelopment conditions such as:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Trauma and Stress Related Disorders
- Depressive Disorders
- Disorders of disruptive behavior and impulse control
- Learning Disabilities
- Language Delay
- Intellectual Disability / Global Developmental Delay
Clients receiving this service will be sure to have a new understanding or clarification of diagnostic status. The Doctor will offer assistance in reviewing recommended treat-ment options and prioritizing treatment goals.
Social Skills classes are available for a variety of ages and developmental levels. Social Skills groups are designed to help children develop and practice social skills
in a comfortable setting. This type of therapy directly teaches specific social skills a child may struggling with. Social groups have been found to improve skills such as: Greetings, facial expressions, taking turns, cooperative play, dealing with confrontation, initiating play, building confidence with peers, listening to others, problem solving and verbal communication skills.
Speech Therapy at ABS will provide a sense of trust, giving children a special connection with the speech-language pathologist. Parents are welcome to observe the lessons, later discussing any questions they may have to promote generalization and carry-over. Therapy is creative, goal-oriented, and hierarchical.
Programs are individually tailored to the child’s unique needs. While some of the therapy process requires your child to do tasks that are sometimes difficult, it will be fun too!
- Articulation and generative language production
- Oral muscular therapy
- Apraxia therapies
- Syntax grammar- verbal pragmatics
- Social Pragmatics
- Auditory and Language Processing Disorders
- Non vocal communication Systems