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Treatment Programs

The Center uses a comprehensive assessment as the foundation for each person’s unique treatment plan, which is designed to reduce the symptoms of autism.  Treatment focuses on communication, interaction, change and transitions, behaviors and responses, social competencies and sensory processing. Our staff Psychiatrists, Speech Therapist, and Occupational Therapists are fully integrated into treatment programs.

The Center measures progress through objective and continual observation and assessment. Through treatment, the Center’s experienced therapists teach individuals how to build relationships with significant people in their life, and learn skills that will help them succeed.

The individual’s family is viewed as a full partner in the therapeutic process. The Center provides the family with the support, education, treatment and resources that are needed to appropriately advocate for the person with autism. The Center also coordinates with agencies that are significantly involved in the individual’s clinical, educational or occupational program to ensure a comprehensive approach to treatment.

Pre-K Program

Our Pre-K Program is a center-based, outpatient program for children ages 2-5 years old. The program’s primary goal is to address the core deficits of autism so that each child may improve upon their communication, social interaction, self-regulation and behaviors. The children participate in predetermined structured activities each day that are based upon the goals defined in their individual treatment plan.

The Pre-K Program provides each family with a Family Consultant who offers comprehensive support and resources to help meet the needs of the child and their family. The Family Consultant also acts as the liaison between the child’s progress at the Center and home life.

The child-to-staff ratio is two-to-one and the program is held Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm.

The Center for Autism’s Pre-K Program has been accredited by CARF International. For information on CARF accreditation, please visit www.carf.org.

First Friends

The First Friends Program is a full day program designed for children up to 6 years old. First Friends helps children learn the skills necessary to form relationships with peers and build upon their communication.

The First Friends Program provides each family with the support and resources that are needed to help the child succeed in home and in the community. The child-to-staff ratio is three-to-one and the program is held Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  Currently, this program is only held at the Ford Road location.

Social Competency

Our Social Competency Program is for children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 16 that have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individuals attending the program participate in a variety of groups that address identifying and interpreting social cues, perspective taking, understanding emotions and feelings, self-esteem and working collaboratively with others.

Children and teens attend two days a week for two hours each day; the program operates year-round. Individuals are grouped by their developmental levels and individual needs. The child-to-staff ratio is three-to-one and the program is held Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Saturday Program

The Saturday Program is a weekly program for older teens and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Program is specifically designed to help promote each individual’s engagement in the community, and help transition to post-secondary education and/or the workplace.

Treatment primarily focuses on teaching pre-vocational and independent life skills. These activities can include performing household chores, traveling in the community, preparing meals, adolescence & puberty, shopping, socialization, and other expectations of living independently in a community.

This program runs in 6-week sessions from September through June, and the individual-to-staff ratio is three-to-one. The program is held on Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm at our Ford Road location.

Outpatient Program

The Outpatient Therapy Program is for people of all ages diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Outpatient therapy is offered in one-on-one and small group therapy sessions for individuals and their family. Sessions are typically scheduled weekly and aim to address each individual’s developmental needs and build upon strengths.

Our Treatment Approach

Quality of Care

  • Comprehensive and continual assessment of needs
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Multidisciplinary relationship-based approach
  • Small treatment groups, high staff/therapist ratio
  • Experienced, dedicated clinicians

Better Outcomes

  • Develop and improve communication
  • Establish important relationships
  • Build meaningful social interaction
  • Improve behaviors that interfere with success
  • Overcome challenges in sensory processing
  • Learn skills to thrive in school and in the community

Family Involvement

  • Participate as full partners in the therapeutic process
  • Receive support and education
  • Learn to navigate systems and advocate for the future
  • Collaborate with agencies to ensure a comprehensive approach

CFA Connect is a Center for Autism-sponsored family group

that is aimed at connecting families within the community. Hosting events throughout the year, CFA connect gives children and families the opportunity to experience different activities, meet other families affected by ASD and learn about autism-related topics. This group is free and open to all families that are currently enrolled in a CFA Program or waiting for services.

Testimonials

A Family's Story: Pierce

My son Pierce was a wonderful baby. He cried little, smiled often and slept well. His big personality and determination to succeed was evident from... Read More

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