Steps to Success
Step 1: A doctor must diagnose your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Your pediatrician, neurologist, or trained developmental specialist can diagnose your child with autism.
Recently, a unified diagnosis of ASD has been expanded to include: Autistic Disorder, Kanner’s Autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger Syndrome.
Step 2: Contact SOS.
Call or email SOS to find out how we can help your child find Success On The Spectrum. Meet with our staff, tour our center, ask questions, discuss therapy options, and authorize us to verify your insurance coverage. Fill out our Admissions Form and set up an appointment to meet our highly qualified and experienced BCBA.
Step 3: Your child has an assessment with our BCBA.
Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will perform a direct assessment of your child, which will provide information about how your child is functioning compared to his/her same-age peers. Our BCBA will use toys and games to identify your child’s skill levels, including speech/language skills, adaptive skills, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional development, and cognition. Our BCBA will interview about your concerns.
Initial assessments are performed in our center and usually last about 5 hours. You are welcome to stay and watch the evaluation on our camera system, but are not required to stay for the entire duration of the assessment.
Step 4: Our BCBA creates a treatment plan and shares it with you.
Based on the observations during the skills assessment, our BCBA will create a detailed, individualized therapy plan for your child. The plan contains thoughtfully chosen, research-supported procedures for teaching new skills and reducing problematic behaviors. The plan for each child is highly customized to fit their skills, needs, interests, preferences and family situation. It details very specific methods to help your child reach each desired goal. It is also common for treatment plans to include several goals for parents/caregivers to accomplish.
Step 5: Begin ABA Treatment right away!
The earlier your child starts treatment, the better. Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Registered Behavioral Therapists (RBT) will work together to understand the reasons/triggers that lead to each problem behavior. Changes will be made to prevent undesirable behaviors. Good behavior is rewarded to encourage your child to do it again. Your child will never be punished for “bad” behavior. Instead, they are taught alternative ways to express what they want/need. Throughout the entire process, our BCBA and RBTs will keep detailed data records of your child’s progress and regularly share them with you.