inside you will find many great educational recourses to help your family. Access is granted to all current clients of spotlight therapy.
Inside you will find many great educational recourses to help your family. Access is granted to all current clients of spotlight therapy.
“Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families”. https://www.autismspeaks.org
Parents Helping Parents
“PHP’s mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care” http://www.php.com
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
“The purpose of Support for Families is to ensure that families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need, and the providers who serve them, have the knowledge and support to make informed choices that enhance children's development and well-being. We promote partnership with families, professionals and the community at large, because it is through partnership that we create a community where our children can flourish.” http://www.supportforfamilies.org
“The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.” http://www.autism-society.org
Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
“Since 1974, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis. ABAI provides many services to its members and the field.” https://www.abainternational.org/welcome.aspx
“The mission of the California Association for Behavior Analysis is to promote the science and theory of behavior analysis through the support of research, education and practice.” https://calaba.org
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is estimated to currently affect 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls according to the Centers for disease control as of 2014. Autism is considered a spectrum disorder due to the wide ranges of skills deficits and impairment across individuals. This is why individual programing is of upmost important. Signs of ASD are observed within the first year of life and often diagnosis around age two. Children diagnosed with Autism typically display deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors (e.g., lack of eye contact, lack of understanding body language and facial expressions) deficits in social-emotional reciprocity (failure to engage in back and forth conversation, initiate or sustain social interactions) Stereotyped or repetitive behaviors (e.g., lining up toys, repetitive motor movements, echolalia) inflexibility (e.g., becomes distressed when a change in a typical routine takes place or pattern is disrupted) perseveration (fixated interest on objects or attributes of objects) and/or display abnormal levels sensitivity to certain sensory stimuli in the environment (e.g., heighten fear of ordinary or loud sounds, over sensitive to touch or taste).
Early detection and treatment are important to start changing the developmental trajectory of children diagnosis or concerned with a possible diagnosis of ASD. Research has well documented that the first 6 years of a child’s life are the most important times to create lasting change. Below is a link to the Mile stone checklist to screen for possible warning signs. If you suspect your child may have some of these signs, contact us today, we are here to help! http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/checklists/all_checklists.pdf
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