Autism Spectrum Therapy

North Shore Pediatric Therapy Diagnostic Process

An autism spectrum diagnostic evaluation consists of a comprehensive evaluation examining a child’s overallfunctioning. This can include an evaluation of a child’s cognitive, academic, language, attentional, motor, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning. A child’s family will first participate in neuropsychological testing, 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 us 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.

Autism spectrum diagnostic evaluation consists of a comprehensive examination of a child’s overall functioning.

Therapeutic approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy

Home:
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.

Clinic:
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.

Let us guide you!

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.

If you are concerned that your child may be on the Autism Spectrum, or if you have already started therapy, but are seeking better results, North Shore Pediatric Therapy can help.

Understanding What Autism Is

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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

What should I know about autism treatment?

With more than 30 years combined knowledge, training, research, development and hands-on experience, the experts at North Shore Pediatric Therapy have created a one of a kind Autism therapy program custom tailored to the specific needs of each and every child. If you are concerned that your child may fall on the Spectrum for Autism or if your child has already received a diagnosis and you are not sure where to start, we are here.

We at North Shore Pediatric Therapy are here to teach, help and guide both you and your child down the path towards functionality with the ultimate goal of reaching your child’s highest potential.

Watch the video below to understand how our autism therapy sets itself apart from other’s and why it will make a big difference in the life of your child.

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
  • Socialization
  • Social/Emotional reciprocity
  • Play skills
  • Imitation
  • Attention and on-task behaviors
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Non-functional routines and rigidities
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Self-injury
  • Difficulties with transitions
  • Daily living skills
  • Community skills
  • Gross and fine motor functioning