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Services for Children diagnosed with ASD
Pediatrics Plus believes in providing children and families the tools to remediate the core deficits of ASD. For children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pediatrics Plus provides different service options designed to accommodate each child’s individualized needs.
- ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) provided in the home through private insurance plans*
- ABA in the clinic utilizing our specialized natural-environment spaces and equipment through private insurance plans*
ABA as part of our comprehensive developmental preschool model for children ages 18 months to 6 years funded by private tuition and private insurance plans
*Both Clinic and Home-based ABA service options may be paired with occupational, speech and/or physical therapy as needed.
Our developmental preschool provides a typical classroom environment for children diagnosed with ASD, but with the added benefit of skilled teachers, therapists, behavior specialists, and/or registered nurses available to work within and alongside the classroom structure.
We believe in a multi-dimensional approach individually designed for each child. Based on the results of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment, our team of professionals creates an individualized plan of care blending different and appropriate evidence based interventions. This plan is continually assessed and modified as needed in order to ensure each child continues to progress to his/her maximum potential.
Our specialized ASD developmental classrooms are facilitated by a team of BCBA’s, as well as ABA trained teachers, occupational and speech therapists, who help children engage in the classroom while encouraging mindfulness, functional play, and improved social engagement. This classroom empowers families by providing the support and tools needed in order to create a successful home environment for all members of the family. Through a collaborative approach with professionals and families, our goal is to assist children with ASD in reaching developmentally appropriate milestones and ultimately thrive within an integrated preschool classroom or typical kindergarten setting.
Each classroom includes:
- Low stimulation environment
- Individual & small group instruction
- Low teacher to student ratios
- Individual visual schedules and transitional cues
- Specially Designed Curriculum
Our ASD classrooms are based on developmental skill levels. As a child meets the developmental programs of the classroom, he transitions into the next developmental level classroom. There is no specific time minimum or maximum a child may spend in a particular developmental level classroom. He transitions at his own pace as he meets the developmental programs required to transition.
As a child progresses through each developmental classroom, the level of structure is reduced and the stimulation increased. Ultimately, when a child “graduates” from the ASD classroom model, they may be placed in one of the classrooms integrated with typical peers, more similar to the kindergarten class they will encounter when they go to school.
The preschool provides program hours that allow parents to work while their child is receiving his/her plan of care carefully coordinated within the preschool day.
Although we provide the majority of the services a child may need within our comprehensive model, we do have expectations for parent involvement in order to ensure all strategies are carried over in the home. We understand that all families have different circumstances that affect how much time they are able invest in their child’s service plan. Our goal is to have the level of parent investment that makes everyone involved feel comfortable and successful. We do incorporate home visiting as needed.