Speech Language Therapy assists children in developing communication skills that allow children to engage in daily activities and verbally interact with peers, adults and their family. Speech Therapy integrates all aspects of speech and language development, including receptive and expressive language, articulation, respiration, and fluency. Cognitive components such as problem solving and reasoning are also addressed through speech therapy sessions. Other aspects of treatment may include the development and training of alternative and augmentative communication, oral motor abilities, swallowing, and feeding skills.
Occupational Therapy helps people achieve independence in all aspects of their lives. Occupational Therapy treatment programs focus on achieving functional independence through therapeutic interventions addressing perceptual motor skills, fine motor skills, strength and coordination, sensory integration, and self-care activities.
Cognitive skill development involves the progressive building of learning skills, such as attending, memory and thinking. These crucial skills enable children to process the sensory information they experience and eventually learn to evaluate, analyze, remember, make comparisons and understand cause and effect. Most cognitive skills are learned. That means thinking and learning skills can be improved with practice and the right training. In children this includes the ways they solve problems and learn. The key components of cognitive development include memory, concentration, attention, perception, imagination and creativity.
ABA is a type of therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. It is the gold standard for treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavior analysis helps us to understand how behavior works, how it is affected by the environment and how learning takes place. The goal of ABA is to increase behaviors that are beneficial and decrease harmful behaviors to improve overall function across all areas of the child's life. ABA therapy can help decrease problem behaviors and increase communication skills, improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academic performance. ABA therapy has been helping children with autism since the 1960's. Treatment includes adapting to meet the needs of each unique child, working in various settings including home, school and community, and teaching skills for success in everyday life.