Autism

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Services at Lahor Behavioral are evidenced based and effective for children beginning at 18 months of age who display characteristics suggesting an autism spectrum disorder. A multidisciplinary team of professionals will discuss your loved one's treatment weekly and update recommendations and treatment protocols. Services available include:

 

  • Diagnostic Evaluations

  • Comprehensive Skills Assessment

  • Individualized Treatment Planning

  • One-on-One Intensive Behavior Therapy

  • Parent/ Caregiver Training Sessions.

  • Social Skills Group Therapy

  • Sibling Interaction Groups

  • Community Outings

  • School Shadowing

  • Advocacy in the School or Community Setting

  • Respite Care

  • Case Management

  • Consultation for In-Home Teams.

Why We Exist

1.5 million people in the U.S. have some form of autism, making it the second most common developmental disability. Autism and other Autism Spectrum Disorders affect approximately 1 in 110 children. The onset of autism specifically usually occurs before the age of 3.

Early intervention is important and increases the chance for positive outcomes for clients. Additionally, positive support, community education, and skill development are central to the success of a person who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Although many people, including doctors, teachers, and parents, sometimes dismiss the symptoms of ASD in hopes that the child will "catch up," - the earlier the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner specific interventions can begin. Early intervention may reduce or prevent the more severe disabilities associated with ASD.

Call Lahor behavioral if You have noticed any unusual behaviors. Your loved one has been diagnosed with Autism, Aspergers, or Pervasive Developmental Delay. You would like a second opinion. You have noticed any loss of skills or abilities in your loved one if you have concerns about the development of your loved one.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Symptoms of autism can be very different for each individual. Autism is described as a spectrum disorder (ASD), which implies that symptoms are present in varying degrees. Categories of Autism Spectrum Disorders include: Autistic Disorder (classic autism), Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (atypical autism)

Possible signs that your child or loved one may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder are problems in

Communication

Difficulties in both verbal (spoken) and non-verbal (unspoken, such as pointing, eye contact, and smiling)

Social Impairment

such as sharing emotions, understanding how others think and feel, and holding a conversation

Repetitive Behaviors

such as repeating words or actions, obsessively following routines or schedules, and playing in repetitive ways.

How We Can Help

A comprehensive approach to treating Autism Spectrum Disorders based on individual and/or family's specific needs.

Our Professional Team includes:

  • Board Certified Psychiatrists who provide medication evaluations and management. Licensed Psychologists who provide standardized assessment measures to test of confirming the diagnosis.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts provide evaluations that include individualized treatment plans and treatment technique recommendations.

  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts who conduct Parent Training sessions and supervision for Technicians.

  • Registered Behavioral Technicians who provide one on one therapy for each client and conduct social skills training group sessions.

We also employ

  • Licensed Speech Pathologists & Licensed Occupational Therapists for clients who exhibit motor difficulties and speech delays.

  • Licensed Professional Counselors are also available for families who experience a tremendous impact from the client's symptoms