Our Services - Treatment

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Kids ETC assists local families in designing and implementing in-home behavioral intervention programs for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. We develop an individualized curriculum specifically designed to meet the needs of each child. The treatment program is comprehensive and addresses all areas of functioning. Emphasis is placed on the development of communication and language skills, play skills, improving academic, adaptive and social functioning, and reducing maladaptive or disruptive behaviors. Parents and staff are trained in the principles of behavior analysis and are taught how to manage disruptive behaviors, implement teaching programs with their child, and generalize skills to the natural environment.

Ongoing supervision (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) is provided in the child’s home environment. The consultant, child’s parents and staff work closely together to maintain consistency, and to ensure that the child’s curriculum is sufficiently challenging and that it is being implemented effectively. During team meetings, the child’s programs are demonstrated and reviewed, staff and parents are given feedback on their teaching techniques, behavioral concerns that are interfering with the child’s learning are addressed, teaching strategies are modified where necessary and new goals are introduced.

Externalizing Disorders

Many of the factors that cause externalizing disorders happen early in a child’s life, thus, it is important to recognize the symptoms early and begin treatment as soon as possible. The foundation of treatment for behavior disorders is behavior management. Kids ETC assists parents in learning the skills necessary to help manage their child’s disruptive behaviors, such as creating structure in the environment and encouraging routines, maintaining appropriate expectation levels for behavior, learning to set clear and firm boundaries, reinforcing desirable behaviors, and using consistent consequences for negative behaviors. Parent-training occurs in the family’s home environment in order to promote the most favorable outcome. The child is also taught skills for self-regulation so that he or she learns how to control and express his/her feelings in a more appropriate way.