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 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.