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Independent Living Skills/Activities of Daily Living
Independent Living Skills are the skills needed to perform everyday tasks. We can assist you in learning a variety of these skills to help you become more independent
The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR® / FloortimeTM) Model is a framework that helps clinicians, parents and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental challenges.
Educational Therapy is an intensive process of teaching and learning. Each child's program is designed to meet that child's individual needs. Educational therapy strengthens a student's academic and processing weaknesses through specialized methodologies and teaching materials. Teaching is presented in an organized, structured, and sequenced approach.
A major goal of social skills training is teaching persons who may or may not have problems with the verbal as well as nonverbal behaviors involved in social interactions. Social skills training helps individuals learn to interpret social cues and develop interpersonal skills. Social skills training can help individualsí function in everyday social situations. Social skills training can also provide specific training that interferes with daily living.
Occupational therapy — a treatment that focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives — can offer kids with various needs positive, fun activities to improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; children, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, an occupational therapist can evaluate a child's skills for play activities, school performance, and activities of daily living and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
Speech-language therapy is the treatment for most kids with speech and/or language disorders. A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.
Applied Behavior Analysis: What is ABA?
"Applied" means practice, rather than research or philosophy. "Behavior analysis" may be read as "learning theory," that is, understanding what leads to (or doesn't lead to) new skills. (This is a simplification: ABA is just as much about maintaining and using skills as about learning.) It may seem odd to use the word "behavior" when talking about learning to talk, play, and live as a complex social animal, but to a behaviorist all these can be taught, so long as there are intact brain functions to learn and practice the skills. That is the essence of the recovery hypothesis--for many children, the excesses and deficits of autism result largely from a learning 'blockage,' which can be overcome by intensive teaching.
Facilitated communication FC, (hereafter called facilitated communication or FC), is one form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) that has been an effective means of expression for some individuals with labels of autism and other developmental disabilities. It entails learning to communicate by typing on a keyboard or pointing at letters, images, or other symbols to represent messages. Facilitated communication involves a combination of physical and emotional support to an individual who has difficulties with speech and with intentional pointing (i.e., unassisted typing).