Our mission at Cornerstones is to provide individualized, effective treatment for all the clients we serve.
We provide center-based services to children as young as two years old through the transition to adulthood. Our team of specialists include: Board Certified Behavior Analysts, behavior therapists, Registered Behavioral Technicians, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, and licensed clinical psychologists. Team members work closely together in a multi-disciplinary format to provide quality care to both the children and families we serve.
ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based intervention to treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA typically addresses verbal and nonverbal communication, social interactions, repetitive behaviors, expending interests, and problem behaviors.
ABA approaches focus on two major areas: skill acquisition and behavior reduction. Skill acquisition refers to learning new skills, including verbal communication, academics, play skills, daily living skills, social skills, attention, life skills, independence, and more! Behavior reduction plans can include proactive strategies like teaching children how to ask for help and/or how to cope with their emotions effectively. It can also include reactive strategies like ignoring, redirection, or follow through.
An ABA team is assigned to each client and family. This team consists of a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), who oversees the child’s therapy services, and one or more ABA therapists. First, the team provides a thorough assessment to determine needs in each area on the Autism Spectrum. The assessment consists of the BCBA conducting an initial client intake, discussing parental concerns, and reviewing the child’s medical history, school placement, and more.
Skill development is then broken down into small steps so the child can be taught the skills. The BCBA develops an individualized treatment plan and train the therapists on the implementation of the plan. Ongoing weekly supervision is provided to ensure the child’s progress and set new goals, as appropriate.
At Cornerstones, our diagnostic program offers services to improve the psychological, social, and academic lives of children and young adults. Neuropsychological/psychological testing is designed to assess the individual’s strengths and weaknesses related to developmental, learning, attentional, and social-emotional concerns, as well as provide specific diagnoses such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders, Dyslexia, Anxiety, Speech Language Disorder, etc.
Assessment begins with a parent intake, whereby information about the child is gathered via interview and questionnaires. Teacher information is also collected as part of the evaluation, and school observations can be scheduled to observe the individual in their natural setting. Testing is conducted or supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist and varies from child to child, though it typically takes between 6 – 9 hours over the course of two days. Testing may involve examination of any of the following: intelligence, language, academic achievement, visual-motor skills, memory and learning, attention, executive functioning, social-emotional functioning, and adaptive functioning.
Following completion of testing, a report with individual recommendations is generated, and the psychologist holds a feedback session to review results. The psychologist is also available to attend a school meeting to review the results and recommendations. Depending on the age of the child, a child feedback session may be appropriate.
Individual counseling is ideal for children and adolescents experiencing internal conflicts, such as anger, mood concerns, anxiety, stress management, relationship and communication concerns, and difficulty adjusting to transitions. We offer support to parents who are better trying to understand their child or children’s needs or how best to support their older child through life transitions. Siblings can also have their own grief or loss process adjusting to their own sibling’s needs.
Family counseling supports all members of the family in better trying to understand positive and negative interactions and patterns, how families can support and relate to each other, and discover ways to build positive relationships.
When treating children and teens, our licensed therapists generally do a combination of individual work, parent consultation, and/or joint session with parents and child. We also consult with teachers and other professionals, as needed, to coordinate the child’s care.
Some areas of expertise include:
Occupational therapy focuses on teaching functional skills to individuals so they can effectively participate in activities of their daily life (home, school, work, play). Services are provided by occupational therapists with expertise in the areas of sensory integration, technical execution of writing, self-regulation, and ASD-specific modifications of environments
Occupational therapy targets teach specific technical skills while also providing overall participation support for the individual by collaborating with the team, family, and school, when appropriate.
Therapy targets may include:
Speech-language therapy focuses on expanding an individual’s repertoire of communication in the areas of speech production (articulation), understanding of language (receptive language), language output (expressive language), and social use of language (pragmatics). Services are provided by speech language pathologists with expertise in speech productions, alternative and augmentative communication, language principles, and ASD-specific communication strategies. Speech language therapy targets teach specific technical skills while also providing overall communication support for the individual by collaborating with the team, family, and school, when appropriate
Therapy targets may include:
Are you looking for ABA services for your child in the comfort of your home? Are you looking for less stress in your life? Cornerstones Autism Services can help.