Autism Spectrum Disorder
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We are the only center in Illinois that combines eight disciplines in order to provide the most effective interventions for your child and your family.
- Occupational Therapy for your child’s sensory needs and motor development
- Physical Therapy for gross motor functioning
- Speech-language Therapy for your child’s language development including expressive, receptive, and social language
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for intensive behavioral intervention
- Social Work for specific socialization goals as well as working with parents
- Nutrition for dietary management
- Academic Specialist for reading and organizational support in the school setting
- Neuropsychology for diagnosis and testing
If you are concerned that your child may be on the Autism Spectrum, or if you have already started treatment, but are seeking better results, you have found what you are in search of at the Chicago Autism Clinic.
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What are specific characteristics of autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by deficits in social communication and restricted/repetitive interests/behaviors. The manifestation of such symptomatology can vary depending on a child’s age and developmental level.
Deficits in social communication may include:
- Delayed language acquisition
- Difficulties with non-literal language or sarcasm
- Odd use of language, such as repeating what others may say or repeating lengthy scripts from television or news programs
- Poor eye contact
- Limited use of gestures
- Reduced interest in social interaction or play with others
- Difficulties with social/emotional reciprocity
Restricted/repetitive interests/behaviors may include:
- Excessive or odd interests
- Repetitive motor mannerisms such as hand flapping, finger posturing, or body rocking
- Sensory sensitivities (e.g., light, texture of foods or clothing, noise)
- Repetitive play such as lining up toys, spinning objects, sorting or stacking objects
- Intense interest in parts of objects
- Difficulties transitioning from one activity to another
- Difficulty with changes in routine
- Rigid behaviors
- Hypo or hypersensitivity to pain
- Self-injury such as head banging
North Shore Pediatric Therapy Diagnostic Process
An autism specific diagnostic evaluation consists of a comprehensive evaluation examining a child’s overall functioning. This can include evaluation of a child’s cognitive, academic, language, attentional, motor, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning. A child’s family will first participate in a clinical interview with a neuropsychologist, whereby information regarding the child’s overall functioning will be collected. After the initial meeting, a child will then participate in formal testing involving various assessment measures in order to provide clinical information regarding diagnostic clarification. Additionally, the child’s parents and academic team (if available) will fill out report forms to provide in-depth information regarding the child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and attentional functioning in the home and classroom setting.
Following the evaluation, the family will meet with the neuropsychologist to review the results of the testing, and discuss treatment recommendations. The feedback meeting with parents will also serve as a framework for creating specific and practical interventions and accommodations within the home and school environment.
The neuropsychologist will conduct follow-up evaluations every six to 12 months (depending on concerns) in order to monitor progress from the various interventions, as well as help craft additional interventions and accommodations that would prove beneficial.
Intensive services provided for autism
At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we use a multi-disciplinary approach for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our team works together to assess your child’s needs and develop individualized goals.
We use evidence-based treatment to address several areas of a child’s development including:
- Speech and language
- Social/Emotional reciprocity
- Play skills
- Attention and on-task behaviors
- Repetitive behaviors
- Non-functional routines and rigidities
- Sensory sensitivities
- Difficulties with transitions
- Daily living skills
- Community skills
- Gross and fine motor functioning
Therapeutic approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Under the supervision of a BCBA, we offer support through the use of a behavior therapist who helps implements child specific plans to promote successful behavior in the classroom, successful transitions throughout the day, breaking down academic tasks into smaller components to ensure child success, and helping to teach the child to initiate and maintain social relationships.
Under the supervision of a BCBA, behavior therapists will come into the home and implement child specific programming created from each child’s skill and behavior assessment. Skills and appropriate behavior are taught through discrete trials and natural environment programming. We work with parents on a consistent basis and teach them strategies and skills to promote a successful, fun, and healthy home environment.
At the clinic, we use a multi-disciplinary approach where all disciplines are able to work together to teach skills most effectively to work on speech, motor skills, social skills, living skills, transition skills, and planning skills.
The improvement I have seen in my child is unreal! Social and verbal skills are getting better by the day!