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Speech Therapy

 

When discussing outcomes for children with autism, family’s first priority if often increasing communication. Autism presents symptoms related to unusual language development and processing. As a result, children with autism often are delayed in developing spoken language.
During the session the child will learn to play, use words/sentences to gain access to preferred items/activities, follow one/two step directions, answer WH questions, sequence, and use appropriate social skills. Children are assessed to determine their long and short-term goals. A child’s individual needs, strengths and weaknesses are all taken into account when creating functional and obtainable goals.
The benefit of having Speech and Language services provided at our center is to ensure the progress and generalization overall. Carryover is a big part of improvement and growth in speech and language skills. The ABA therapists are constantly trained, updated and informed about the progress and goals set for the children they work with to meet the needs of each specific child.
Getting enrolled in Speech Therapy Services at Bierman ABA is easy! Just give us a call, we will chat with you about your child’s unique needs, check benefits and schedule an Initial Assessment. After that, your child’s care team will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your child! In addition to providing speech to children with autism, we have experience working with children with a variety of other medical needs who would benefit greatly from intensive Speech Language Therapy.

 

 

What is Occupational Therapy?

 

The goals of Occupational Therapists are to:

  • Improve quality of life/ enhance the quality of life for individuals and families
  • To introduce, maintain, and improve skills so individuals can be as independent as possible
  • Produce meaningful participation in activities
  • Improve success in all aspects of life through teaching, practice, and modification of skills

 

Occupational therapy practitioners goal is to improve and enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families. Using a variety of different strategies occupational therapist introduce, maintain, and improve skills so individuals can be as independent as possible. Occupational therapists work to improve success in all aspects of life through teaching, practice, and modification of skill.

 

  • Use hands on developmental activities and/or adaptive strategies to improve learning and environment to address the following skills:
  • Fine motor skills (handwriting skills)
  • Gross Motor skills (navigating play structures)
  • ADL (management of fasteners of clothing)
  • Play skills (appropriate use of toys)
  • Sensory (assistance in regulating over/under sensitivity)
  • Social emotional development and self regulation (identifying emotions and using self calming strategies)

 

Why is OT so important for children with Autism?

The American Occupational Therapy has directly outlined the OT’s role in providing services to children with Autism. “Occupational therapy practitioners are distinctly qualified to support productive and meaningful participation in community activities that enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families. Because of their expertise in activity and environmental analysis, occupational therapy practitioners are particularly skilled in using evidence-based strategies to address self-regulation and sensory needs, adaptive skills, motor development, mental health, social participation, and daily life skills.” Read more at American Occupational Therapy Association

 

OT at Bierman

Something that makes provision of OT services at Bierman ABA special is the emphasis on working on skills as a team. Collaboration is key to our client's success. Monthly meetings with the BCBA are arranged to develop programs related to Occupational Therapy. This greatly impacts the generalization of skills throughout the child’s day and increases their overall rate of progress.
Additionally, consults are done with BCBAs and SLPs to further integrate other professional’s goals into our sessions and the child’s day. Examples of this may include, seeing how a BCBA runs a behavior plan to implement it within sessions, working with an SLP to help on the fine motor skills needed to access a communication device, and sitting in lunch to help with utensil use and self feeding skills.
And of course, we put the most value into YOUR input. Family and caregiver goals for their child greatly impact our goal development and therapeutic process.


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