What we do:
We empower children and families with ASD to learn, work, and thrive in the community. At Rise Up For Autism, we provide innovative programs for children and their families so they can reach their full potential. We strive for continual progress while showing compassion to the families we serve by:
- Providing frequent behavioral assessments
- Meeting with families to discuss the client’s treatment plan and progress, and recommend ways to address behavioral issues
- Developing individualized treatment plans to improve behaviors
- Helping clients set and meet individualized goals
- Using methods such as reinforcement and conditioning to correct or reduce aggressive, harmful, and anti-social behaviors, and to encourage positive behaviors
- Doing research and applying findings to our work
- Offering :
- Toilet Training
- Feeding Therapy
- Parent Training
- Parent Support Groups to help meet individual needs and specific challenges. Parent training is delivered in a manner that both empowers parents/caregivers and gives them foundational knowledge of ABA implementing schedules, reinforcers and positive behavior supports
- Social Skills Groups for children who need help with socializing with peers, using contrived situations to help children learn to respond correctly to contextual prompts and generalizing to other environments.
- In-Home Toilet Training (Using Functional Communication Therapy if needed)
What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause intellectual, communication, social, and behavioral challenges. ASD is a spectrum disorder and differs in each person.
What are the signs?
Although signs and symptoms differ for each person, there are a few common symptoms you can look for in your child.
A child with autism may:
- Have an obsessive interest or have unusual attachments to objects
- Have delayed or no language skills
- Get upset by minor changes to routine
- Repeat words or phrases
- Flap hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
- Be overly sensitive to hearing, light, touch, and/or smell
- Not understand how others feel
- Dislike physical contact
- Not reach developmental milestones on time
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a proven clinical approach to the practice of the learning theory in a systematic way to modify behavior. The practice is used most extensively in special education and the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABA is widely recognized as the only scientifically valid therapy available for treating behavioral issues associated with ASD.
Who is affected?
ASD affects people of every race, ethnic group, and socioeconomic background. It is four times more common among boys than girls. The CDC estimates that about 1 in every 54 children in the US has been identified with having ASD.
How is ASD treated?
Research shows that receiving an early ASD diagnosis and ABA therapy during preschool years or before is likely to lead to major positive changes and skill development.
At Rise Up For Autism, we focus on:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Play Based Therapy, which is also known as Pivotal Response Therapy. This technique allows the child to learn or “lead” the session through play while the therapist uses this opportunity to increase social interaction, functional communication, and core learning skills.
- Discrete Trial Training, which is known as DTT. DTT is often used to teach specific deficit skills and can also be used with play-based therapy, particularly to increase learner responding.
- Functional Communication Therapy, which is known as FCT. FCT is a function-based strategy that uses an appropriate method of communicating wants, needs, and increasing socialization. Those methods could include sign language, PECs (Picture Exchange Communication), or increasing vocal behavior.