Autism

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Autism and Behavior Services

Our services consist of an interdisciplinary team of clinicians including licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, board certified behavior analysts and registered behavior technicians who provide comprehensive diagnostic and behavior intervention services for those impacted by autism spectrum disorder. We partner with the individual, his/her family and other service providers to create an effective plan of treatment that is tailored to the individual’s needs. Clinicians have been collectively trained in a variety of evidence-based interventions and techniques. Although the program is behavior-based, services are geared toward serving consumers in a holistic manner, viewing the individual as a whole and as a function of their environment.

Behavior changes techniques recommended are based on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Positive Behavior Support (PBS), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as other evidence-based interventions.

General Outpatient Services:

  • targeted group and individual ABA
  • Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)
  • psycho-educational and social skills groups
  • professional education and training
  • individual and/or family therapy
  • education for caregivers
  • sibling support services
  • behavior intervention plan development, training and monitoring
  • diagnostic evaluations

In addition to general outpatient services, we also provide school and employment consultations that can include topics relevant to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), behavior management, and associated mental health concerns. We provide functional; behavior assessments and recommendations, as well as comprehensive intervention plans in school and employment settings.

Autism and Behavior Services are offered as an integrated part of Easterseals Crossroads’ programs.

Behavior Treatment Services

Engaging principles from ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and other evidence-based interventions, our interdisciplinary team of clinicians partner with the person diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), his/her family, and other service providers to create an effective behavior support plan.

Our clinical staff is able to provide individual and family intervention support services for both children and adults. Other services include functional behavior assessments, individual therapy for persons diagnosed with ASD, family and couple counseling, psycho-educational groups, school behavioral consultations, and employment behavioral consultations.

Autism Diagnostic Clinic

The Autism Diagnostic Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation services to children ages 18 months to 18 years who have symptoms that may indicate the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Our goal is to diagnose early, provide the most comprehensive assessment and treatment plan possible and provide families with the support to best take care of their child. Many families leave our clinic with a diagnosis and initial treatment guidelines that help their child meet his or her maximum potential. Additionally, we partner with your primary care physician to coordinate the greatest possible care.

Dr. Tracy Gale and Dr. Ashley McGinn, our diagnostic clinicians, will use a variety of assessments to determine your child’s needs. Areas that may be assessed include:

  • sensory processing
  • expressive and receptive communication
  • social communication
  • play skills
  • behavior
  • language
  • social development