|What We Provide|
Depending on the unique needs of the child, IAW will help fund some or all of the proven therapies prescribed for the child, including but not limited to:
Speech therapy involves the treatment of speech and communication disorders – which means it’s a very wide-ranging field. A certified speech pathologist (sometimes called a therapist) must hold a master’s degree. Speech therapy involves much more than simply teaching a child to correctly pronounce words. In fact, a speech therapist working with an autistic child or adult may work on a wide range of skills including: Non-verbal communication, Conversation skills, and Concept skills (the ability to understand abstract concepts).
Occupational therapy assists children in developing the ‘skills for living’ necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Since children with autism often lack some of the basic social and personal skills, occupational therapists have developed techniques for working on all of these needs. Today’s occupational therapists specializing in autism may also be experts in sensory integration (difficulty with processing information through the senses), or may work with their clients on play skills, social skills and more.
Most children with autism respond positively to music, making it an excellent therapeutic tool. Because music is processed in both hemispheres of the brain, it can stimulate cognitive functioning and may be used for remediation of some speech/language skills.
ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is probably the best-known and best-researched therapy for autism. Its purpose, in essence, is to teach children with autism to act, speak and engage as typically as possible. ABA is a system of autism treatment based on behaviorist theories, which, simply put, state that social and behavioral skills can be taught through a system of rewards and consequences. Many if not most children who receive ABA training learn to behave appropriately at least some of the time — and some even lose their autism diagnosis after years of intensive therapy.
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October 12, 2017
Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Austin, TX
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