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Autism Clinical Center

Behavior Therapy Services

Many children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related disorders can benefit from behavior therapies that aim to reduce undesired behaviors, improve a child’s functioning and address co-occurring mental health disorders like depression or anxiety. Our Autism Center clinicians utilize several treatments matched to the child’s age, specific symptoms and degree of impairment. Each treatment is strongly supported by research and personalized by our clinicians to each family’s specific needs.

We also consult with school staff and provide specific recommendations to ensure the child is receiving comprehensive support across settings.

Behavioral Feeding Therapy

This therapy focuses on the improvement of mealtime behaviors for in children with Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) as well as children with picking eating or challenging behavior associated with a neurodevelopmental disorder. The objectives of treatment are to reduce challenging mealtime behaviors, decrease mealtime anxiety surrounding new or nonpreferred foods, increase independent feeding and expand the repertoire of foods a child will eat.

Behavioral Parent Training

Parent training is effective in addressing behavioral issues in children from age two through adolescence. Offered in our office, it includes several evidence-based approaches, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Parent Management Training (PMT). Skills are taught and modeled by the therapist, role-played with parents and often applied in live coaching situations with both parent and child. Parents are equipped with information and skills to increase confidence and self-sufficiency in setting limits and managing the behavior of their child or teen. Likewise, children gain skill in controlling their own behavior and meeting parents’ expectations.  An integral part of this treatment is school consultation, offering insight into how teachers and staff can effectively and efficiently support the child in that setting.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

As children with ASD and related disorders mature, they often experience mood and anxiety issues, academic difficulties, weak organizational skills and family conflict. To target these challenges, our clinicians use cognitive-behavioral and problem-solving interventions. They help older children and teenagers increase their awareness of and ability to manage their symptoms, and improve their interactions with parents, peers and teachers. Length of treatment is typically 8-12 weeks but varies depending on the child’s and family’s needs.

Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention

This intervention combines behavioral principles with child development to improve social communication, play, and behavioral skills in toddler and preschool age children with social communication delays. Our NDBI interventions utilize approaches from the Early Start Denver Model and Project ImPact to provide 1:1 treatment to the child and coaching to the parent so that, in between therapy sessions, treatment approaches are embedded within the parent’s daily interactions with their child to support the development of communication, social, play, and behavioral regulation skills.

Parent Training for Disruptive Behavior: RUBI Autism Network

This program is based on principles of applied behavior analysis and is specifically for children who have autism spectrum disorder with co-occurring behavioral difficulties, including tantrums, noncompliance, challenges with transitions, and aggressive behavior. Parents are taught to use behavioral techniques and preventative tools to manage their child’s behavior.