Autism Spectrum Disorder
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Symptoms of ASD include, Impaired language, Impaired social skills and behavioral issues. Those with ASD may find it difficult to interact or relate to other people, may show restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior or body movements.
While there isn’t a cure for ASD, it is certainly treatable. Anyone with autism, at any age, can live a happy and active life given the right treatment from the right people. What is important is the earlier people with autism get help, the better their outcomes will be in the future.
The mental health professionals at the Mount Vernon Counseling Center will work to create an effective and individualized plan for behavioral intervention. Each treatment plan focuses on the patient’s unique characteristics and behavior. Our trained staff will prioritize program goals and work with you to address every behavioral need. Helping our patients to gain a greater quality of life is everything to us.
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy is about discovering environmental variables that reliably influence behavior and developing a technique for behavior change. In other words, ABA discovers what behaviors a child needs to improve or decrease, and manipulates their environment to either develop a skill or decrease a behavior. Learning activities need to be broken down into small steps. This facilitates the learning of new skills for people with ASD. The effectiveness of the evidence-based therapy methods has been proven to positively impact the lives of patients with ASD.