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Treatment Services

“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do, instead of what he cannot do"  
-Dr. Temple Grandin
Teacher and Student
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Kids in Preschool
​Diagnostic Evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

Pediatric Psychology Associates, LLC & Autism Behavioral Network (ABN) provides diagnostic evaluations for children suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD or autism) as well as other mental health concerns.  Our psychologist or other licensed professionals will work with you and your child to determine what type of treatment will best address his or her needs.  A diagnostic evaluation for autism includes a comprehensive interview and the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation - 2 (ADOS-2) to determine if the child meets criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

​Comprehensive ABA Therapy
  
Outpatient Counseling

 

ABN is also proud to offer outpatient psychological services at our clinic.  Our licensed providers focus on providing diagnosis and outpatient treatment services for children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavior challenges, and other disorders. Our staff also specializes in working with high functioning individuals with ASD to teach coping strategies and social skills. ​

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

 

PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children struggling to control their behavior.  Sessions are conducted using a parent-coaching method with a trained, licensed therapist.  The therapist will observe the caregiver interact with the child and provide live feedback on ways to modify the interaction to facilitate learning and to help the children feel calm and secure in their relationships.

PCIT is intended for children aged 2-7 years who display:

  • Parent - child relational problems

  • Refusal and defiance of adult requests

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Low frustration tolerance

  • Easy loss of temper

  • Touchy or easily annoyed by others

  • Deliberately annoying others

  • Blaming others for their mistakes

  • Destruction of property

  • Difficulty staying seated, playing quietly, and/or taking turns

PCIT is a short-term therapy and is generally completed within 12-20 sessions.

ABN specializes in delivering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children diagnosed with autism.  We provide  a Comprehensive ABA program, that is individually created for each child based on their unique needs.  We provide a team of clinicians to work specifically with your child.  Our method of therapy breaks down concepts into small steps to build new skills, while having fun!   We will work with you and your family to help teach your child new skills.  ABN's ABA team works with children prior to entering the school environment and can continue working with clients in After-School Focused Treatment (2-6 hours per week) once the child enrolls in school.  All ABA therapy is supervised by a licensed provider.

We are proud to offer comprehensive ABA service in the ABN clinic.

Treatment is focused on the specific needs of the child.  It can include:

  • Expanding the child's communication abilities

    • Understanding words spoken to them

    • Expanding verbal communication (words) to others​

    • Non-verbal body language (such as gestures)

    • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

    • Participating in conversations with other

    • Responding to questions

  • Expanding the child's pre-academic abilities

    • Labeling items

    • Participating in a group environment​

    • Following instructions

    • Learning to tolerate waiting accepting no

    • Learning to imitate others to learn new skills

  • Developing self-help and daily living skills

    • Toilet training

    • Safety awareness in the home and community

    • General hygiene skills

    • Food tolerance and exposure

    • Increasing independence

  • Developing peer relationships and leisure skills

    • Turn taking​

    • Sharing

    • Social interaction 

    • Expanding toy play

    • Imaginary play

ABN's specialty is early intervention and early learning skills.  We are not able to offer services for children with more severe problem behaviors.

Psychological Assessments

If your child's psychological needs require a more in-depth assessment, we offer cognitive, language, behavior, and adaptive assessments.  These psychological assessments can help determine the root cause of the maladaptive behavior.​ 

 

ABN is NOT currently  scheduling psychological assessments, but this may be offered again in the future.

Focused Therapy

ABN is pleased to offer Focused Treatment for children on the autism spectrum in our clinic with a licensed clinician. This limited, or focused, model targets specific goals through 1-2 hour weekly therapy sessions versus the wide scope of goals in comprehensive treatment. 

This model can be a transition from comprehensive ABA services, a resource when challenges arise, or may involve working on very specific fundamental goals, including, but not limited to:=

  • Increasing independence and self-help skills

  • Emotional regulation & self-management

  • Increasing health & safety skills

  • Expanding communication skills

  • Social skills

The collaborative relationship includes therapy, support, family guidance, and coaching where the family, child, and therapist create personalized goals.

Teacher and Student

To schedule an appointment, please call 414.476.9755 or complete an on-line form by clicking here and we will get back to you within a few days.

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