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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

There are several types of therapy and treatment options that may be helpful for children with autism. Some approaches that may be used include: 

  1. Behavioral therapy: Behavioral therapy, also known as applied behavior analysis (ABA), is a treatment approach that focuses on teaching specific skills, and reinforcing flexible and adaptive behaviors. ABA may be used to help individuals with autism to improve their social skills, communication skills, and independence.
  2. Speech and language therapy: Speech and language therapy can help children with autism to improve their communication skills, including their ability to understand and use language. This may involve working on verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as helping the child to develop social communication skills.
  3. Occupational therapy: Occupational therapy can help children with autism to improve their fine motor skills and ability to participate in everyday activities, such as dressing and eating. Occupational therapy may also involve sensory processing strategies to help children with autism to better process and respond to sensory information.
  4. Medications/Supplements: Some children with autism may benefit from medications/supplements to help manage specific symptoms, such as anxiety, attention deficits, or repetitive behaviors. It is important to work with a healthcare provider to determine if this is appropriate for your child and to carefully monitor any potential side effects.
  5. Partner with educators: Work with your child’s educators to understand your child’s strengths and challenges, and to develop strategies to support their learning. It is important to maintain open communication with your child’s school and to stay involved in their education. It is important to seek out support from professionals, such as a special education teacher or educational therapist, as well as other parents and the broader autism community. Working together with your child’s educators and other professionals can help to ensure that your child receives the support and resources they need to succeed.

There are many evidence-based practices that can help children with autism to improve their communication and social skills. Some approaches that may be helpful include: 

 

  1. Early intervention: Early intervention services can help children with autism to develop the skills they need to communicate and interact with others. These services may include ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other types of developmental therapy.
  2. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC): AAC is a set of strategies and tools that can help children with autism to communicate when they have difficulty using spoken language. Examples of AAC include picture and symbol systems, sign language, and electronic communication devices.
  3. Social skills training: Social skills training can help children with autism to learn how to initiate and maintain social interactions, follow social rules and norms, and understand the perspectives of others. Social skills training can be provided in individual or group settings.
  4. Modeling and role-playing: Modeling and role-playing can help children with autism to practice and improve their communication and social skills. This can involve demonstrating appropriate behavior and language, and then providing opportunities for the child to practice these skills in a safe and supportive environment.
  5. Visual supports: Visual supports, such as schedules, social stories, and visual prompts, can help children with autism to understand and follow social rules and routines.

     

It is important to work with professionals to determine the most appropriate interventions for your child. It may also be helpful to seek out support from other parents and the broader autism community.

There are many resources available to support parents of children with autism and their families. Here are a few examples of where you may be able to find support and resources:

  1. Professional organizations: Professional organizations, such as the Autism Society of America, can provide information, resources, and support for parents and families.
  2. Local autism support groups: Many communities have local support groups for parents and families of children with autism. These groups can provide a sense of community, as well as information and support.
  3. Online resources: There are many online resources available for parents and families of children with autism, including blogs, forums, and social media groups. These resources can provide a wealth of information and support from other parents and professionals.
  4. Government resources: Your state or local government may have resources and services available to support families of children with autism. These may include financial assistance, early intervention services, and educational support.
  5. Educational resources: Schools and educational organizations may have resources and support available for families of children with autism. This may include special education services, educational therapy, and other support programs.

It is important to remember that every family’s needs are different, and it may take some time to find the resources and support that work best for you. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help when you need it.

Helping a child with autism to transition to adulthood can be challenging, but there are steps that parents can take to support their child and prepare them for the future. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Start planning early: It is never too early to start planning for your child’s future. Begin by identifying your child’s strengths, interests, and goals, and think about how these may translate into adult life.
  2. Encourage independence: Help your child to develop the skills they need to be as independent as possible in their daily life. This may involve teaching self-care skills, such as dressing and eating, as well as skills related to learning, such as staying focused and organized.
  3. Explore post-secondary options: Look into post-secondary options, such as vocational training programs, community college, or university, that may be a good fit for your child.
  4. Plan for housing and support: Consider your child’s housing and support needs as they transition to adulthood. This may involve finding a suitable living arrangement, such as an independent living situation or a group home, and determining what level of support and assistance your child may need.
  5. Seek out resources and support: There are many resources and support systems available to help families navigate the transition to adulthood. These may include government programs, professional organizations, and local support groups.

 

It is important to remember that every child is unique and the transition to adulthood will look different for each individual. It may be helpful to work with professionals to develop a customized plan for your child’s transition to adulthood.​

PSL’s ABA program is designed to support children who are transitioning out of a comprehensive model, reducing therapeutic hours, and need support in specific areas. At present, we are unable to support those individuals who present with significant needs and severe challenging behavior (i.e., severe harm to self or others), feeding/swallowing disorders, or sleep disorders; however, we are happy to assist families in finding appropriate supports.

PEAK (Promoting the Emergence of Advanced Knowledge) is an assessment and intervention program that teaches language and cognitive skills to individuals with autism and related disabilities. It is considered a top choice for ABA services due to its research-based foundation and modern approach to ABA. The program is divided into four modules, each containing an assessment that evaluates the presence or absence of 184 skills.

The AIM curriculum helps children with social discomfort, challenging behaviors, and daily struggles improve their lives. It combines mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis to provide a comprehensive approach for children with or without disabilities who struggle with social and emotional challenges. This approach aims to set the standard for best practices in helping children navigate and overcome these challenges.

PSL provides home-, school-, and community- based services.


Pinpoint+ Skills Lab is currently contracted with BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We also accept ESA and private pay. 


The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program in Arizona is a school choice program that provides public funds to eligible students in the form of a debit card. These funds can be used to pay for a variety of educational expenses, including private school tuition, textbooks, and educational therapies. The program was created in 2011 and is open to every K-12 student in Arizona regardless of family income, where the student lives within the state, or the student’s past academic performance.

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