What is Autism?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
1 in 68 – The Autism Story Many Don’t Know
In March, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control announced that one child in every 68 children (one in 42 boys) in America has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. That’s a higher incidence rate than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS … combined. This rate is also 100% higher than it was 10 years ago and 10 times higher than a generation ago.
If your son or daughter is one in 68, you can take heart in knowing that The Emerge Center is here with the compassion, experience and resources to help.
At The Emerge Center in Baton Rouge, LA, our Autism Programs are designed specifically for younger children, ages 18 months to 7 years and based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This is the most widely supported evidence-based treatment approach for establishing language, self-help skills, social skills and reducing maladaptive behavior.
Additionally, the Autism Program at the Emerge Center provides a one-stop shop for all of your child’s therapeutic services, from highly trained psychologists to provide diagnostic evaluations for autism and related disorders to intensive therapy programs, including:
- Group Speech-Language Therapy (our Foundation Program)
- Individual Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Your child’s therapy program is developed and supervised by highly trained, licensed professionals. The Emerge Center is designed to provide comprehensive services for your child and your family.
Applied Behavior Analysis
It is generally recognized that early, intensive and sustained intervention emphasizing communication and socialization is needed for children with Autism. One component of our early intervention program is Behavior Therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), currently the most widely supported treatment approach.
Our focus for behavioral therapy is on strengthening the fundamentals and providing individualized attention to your child’s specific needs. Our Licensed Psychologists and Licensed Behavior Analysts will review your child’s initial intake assessment, determine those areas where he or she needs help, then develop a detailed plan specific to your child, to help him/her achieve and grow. One-on-one and small group ABA is implemented by our trained Registered Line Technicians, who work under the direct supervision of our licensed professionals.
Our therapists work with your child on such skills as:
- Requesting preferred items or activities appropriately
- Conversational skills
- Early learning skills, like following directions and paying attention
- Toilet training
- Managing problem behaviors including aggression, self-injury and noncompliance
- Eating a wider variety of foods and increasing appropriate social behavior at meal time
Children in the Autism Program may also receive Speech-Language Therapy in a group or individual format. Our speech-language therapists have extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Our Foundation Program is Group Speech-Language Therapy that provides children with a learning environment similar to a preschool classroom. Class routines and activities are followed each session and children work on appropriate social, play and self-help skills. Additional behavioral support is provided from licensed behavior analysts in the group speech therapy setting as needed.
Individual Speech-Language Therapy is also available for children in our Autism Programs who could benefit from one-on-one treatment.
Occupational Therapy is available for children with sensory-motor or other delays. Available within the Foundation Program classroom or in individual sessions, our occupational therapists will work with your child to address sensory-motor issues, including feeding and activities of daily living.
To schedule an Autism evaluation or get more information about our program, please contact us at (225) 343-4232.