Therapy

ASAC offers a variety of therapeutic services for individuals with ASD and other Social-Communication difficulties.

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPYASD Therapy

Your child has received a diagnosis--what now? For some people, individual therapy is a crucial component of treatment. There are as many different types of therapy as there are diagnoses, and the goals of treatment vary depending on the presenting difficulties. AT ASAC, our therapists use evidence-based practices, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral therapy practices, with our clients. We find that when we combine compassion and respect with therapy techniques that have been well-researched and demonstrated to be effective, our clients have the best shot at making clear and demonstrable improvements. In therapy, we address issues ranging from social skill development and relationship building to anxiety management, low self-confidence, and depression. Psychotherapy at ASAC is most appropriate for individuals with average to above average intellectual functioning, who have adequate language skills to participate in "talk therapy." Therapy sessions are typically scheduled one session per week, though this may vary depending on the needs of the client. When the client is a child, parents, caregivers, and other important people in the child's life (e.g., other professionals, teachers, siblings) may be asked to be involved in the therapeutic process. In addition, parent training is often an important component of therapy sessions.

KIDS IMPROVING TOGETHER (K.I.T. CLUB) SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP

K.I.T. Club is a 9-week therapeutic social skills group for children ages 9-12 who are experiencing social and relational difficulties. During the 9 weekly sessions, children and their parent/caregiver participate in a systematically-implemented social skills curriculum developed by autism treatment experts at ASAC. K.I.T Club incorporates evidence-based, clinical best practices in the treatment of critically important social skills, including conversation skills, perspective-taking, and emotion regulation. Group members are carefully matched by common interests and level of social functioning. Co-occurring parent training sessions foster important caregiver skills needed to support their child’s social development even after K.I.T. Club has ended. Download K.I.T. Club Informational Flyer

PARENT CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY (PCIT)

PCIT is one of ASAC's most effective treatment programs. This rigorous therapy is designed specifically to address disruptive behavior problems, like tantrums, hitting, screaming, and non-compliance, in young children (www.pcit.org). The goal of PCIT is to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship, and to help parents become more skilled at and confident in managing their child's difficult behaviors. Parent(s) and their child will visit ASAC for weekly therapy sessions over the course of several weeks. ASAC (in collaboration with the Mailman Center of Child Development) is pleased to be able to offer this therapy at NO COST for qualifying participants, due to generous funding from The Children's Trust. PCIT is offered to children diagnosed with ASD who are between the ages of 3 and 7, have significantly disruptive behavior, and have average to above-average functioning. Download PCIT Informational Flyer

AUTISM CAREGIVER TRAINING (ACT)

ACT is a 12-week training program for parents or caregivers of children between the ages of 3-8 years old with a diagnosis of ASD. In this small group setting, caregivers will be taught basic principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). They will learn to identify causes of disruptive behaviors, implement strategies to reduce problem behaviors at home and in the community, and increase prosocial behaviors and adaptive skills. In addition to the weekly 60-minute in-person group, caregivers receive individual Skype sessions with the BCBA to review home practice and troubleshoot as needed. Caregivers receive a comprehensive behavioral intervention plan that they can share with therapists and/or other professionals that are involved with their child’s care. This training is appropriate for parents or caregivers of children who are currently receiving ABA therapy, as well as those who are not. Download ACT Informational Flyer