Autism isn’t simply a single condition. Rather it is a range of developmental issues, which is why when we discuss autism, we refer to it as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. An individual can fall anywhere along this spectrum from hardly noticeable issues to extreme developmental disorders. The severity or acuity of symptoms will vary from case to case, from individual to individual, and can change over time. However, symptoms usually include verbal and non-verbal communication issues, social difficulties, and repetitive behaviors.
Furthermore, ASD can hinder the development of life skills like personal hygiene, personal safety, career opportunities, and others. Therefore, it’s necessary to find the right autism treatment program in Springfield, MA that can help individuals and support families. Ascend Autism has the resources and services families can turn to.
Here at Ascend Autism, our approach is grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA. As the only true evidence-based treatment for autism, ABA is the most effective method to treat individuals with ASD. It is also a method that parents and caregivers can learn to participate in aiding in the support of individuals along the spectrum, making treatment second nature. Applied behavior analysis works to improve memory, focus, social skills, and communication skills. It is flexible and pragmatic, able to adjust as the individual grows and progresses. Using positive reinforcement it is very successful in helping individuals and their families meet treatment goals.
Contact Ascend Autism at 877.323.8668 to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis and our approach.
Our Areas of Focus
Some of the areas where we focus our attention at Ascend Autism include:
- Social Skills: Someone with autism may not naturally intuit meaning from interactions that come naturally to others. For example, eye contact, a casual conversation using idioms and euphemisms, and facial or other bodily cues can present significant difficulties to someone with ASD. Therefore, we teach children how to listen, understand, and process verbal and non-verbal cues. Further, we encourage mastery of other one-on-one interactions.
- Parental Services: Parents of children with autism face an assortment of challenges, both emotional and practical. Thankfully, Ascend Autism’s treatment programs can help. Our parental services programs show parents how to be more than just caregivers. Instead of being reactive or passive when dealing with ASD, we train you to be a crucial part of your child’s ongoing treatment. You’ll learn to help your child with their key issues, leading to improvements at home, school, and beyond.
- Early Intervention: Autism treatments are most effective when they start as early as possible in the child’s life. Signs of autism can develop in children by 18 months of age, and treatment can start as soon as a medical professional provides a diagnosis. Early intervention usually takes place at home and is customizable to each child’s particular needs. We use different techniques, tools, and games to create a supportive, stimulating environment in a familiar location.
- Targeted Intervention: This kind of treatment is of particular benefit to school-age children and would benefit from after-school therapy sessions. In our program, the number of hours of treatment is chosen based on each child’s needs.
Reach Out to Ascend Autism Today
Ascend Autism offers in-person treatment and telehealth treatment that can accommodate the needs of families in Springfield, MA. Our telehealth services give even more flexibility to families allowing them to schedule appointments, consultations, and treatment around their schedule. We offer a comprehensive approach to the challenges caused by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our experts provide answers and give hope to families, caregivers, and, most importantly, children diagnosed with ASD. Reach out to us today at 877.323.8668 to discover how we can help you.