What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Children and adults with ASD may find it difficult to relate to other people, may show restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior or body movements. People with ASD may exhibit the following:
- Impaired language
- Impaired social skills
- Behavioral issues
ASD is a life-long disability. While there is no cure nor is there a known singular effective treatment, it is treatable. People with autism, at any age, can make significant progress through therapy and treatments, growing to lead meaningful, productive lives. However, experts agree that early diagnosis and early intervention are critical because the earlier people with autism get help, the better their outcomes will be in the future.
Our professionals work to create a comprehensive and highly individualized behavioral intervention plan for each patient that we serve. The treatment plans we offer are designed to address our each patient’s unique set of skills and challenges. The team at the McLean Counseling Center will create an effective treatment program that will allow us to engage in the continuous tracking of each patient’s progress.
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy
Learning activities need to be broken down into small steps. This facilitates the learning of new skills for people with ASD. Our professionals trained in ABA Therapy specialize in this methodology. This is where our team comes in. Our ABA Therapy Services follows an individualized program plan that uses behavioral principles to modify the behavior of people with autism. Target goals are carefully developed and the interventions incorporate positive reinforcement. The effectiveness of the evidence-based therapy methods has been proven to positively impact the lives of patients with ASD.