1to1 therapists specialize in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our treatment philosophy is a collaborative approach with the inclusion of parents as partners within the assessment and treatment process.
Many families seek out a developmental assessment early in a child’s development (aged 18 months to 4 years). Concerns or red flags may be been communicated by parents, family members, doctor or pediatrician, daycare provider, teacher, early interventionist, speech therapist or other health professional.
Red flags may include lack of social communication, restricted or limited play skills, repetitive or restricted patterns of behaviour, strong sensory interests, poor eye contact and poor joint attention. Parents may also have concerns when their child is not meeting developmental milestones in social communication, play, motor or self-help skills. Regression or loss of previously learned skills can also be a red flag for parents warranting a developmental consultation with our team.
The First Step – Consultation:
The process begins with a no cost consultation with the Autism Team care coordinator. The consultation is designed to be a screening to determine individualized next steps for your child and family. The therapist will make a recommendation for referrals based on the needs of the child and family.
Developmental Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder:
1to1’s psychologist collaborates with the interdisciplinary team (speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, behaviour therapist) to provide a developmental assessment using the most up to date assessment tools and evidence based research in the area of autism spectrum disorder. A semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction and play is conducted using the “The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule” (ADOS) and other measures.
Your child’s communication skills, problem-solving, play skills, social skills, motor skills, and daily living skills will be assessed to determine if your child meets the criteria for autism spectrum disorder in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder – Fifth Edition (DSM-5).
You will receive information about your child’s strengths and weaknesses, sensory profile and individualized treatment recommendations. This information will aid in the development of a treatment plan to best meet the needs of your child. Each family will be assigned a care coordinator at no cost that will provide advice, support and aid in navigating public and private services for children with autism. You will not be in this alone as 1to1 provides a network of therapists and connects families.
Treatment for children with autism:
1to1’s Autism Team is individualized to meet the needs of the child and family. Treatment plans are customized to the needs of the child using a developmental approach. Your child’s autism team is tailored to your child’s needs and may include a psychologist, speech-language therapist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, registered dietitian, music therapist or behaviour therapist. A team approach is the best practice in assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
1to1 provides a range of interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder including but not limited to:
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
- Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)
- Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT)
- More Than Words (Hanen Centre)
- Natural Environment Teaching (NET)
- Social Skills Training
- Social Thinking
- Verbal behaviour
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
- Parent Training Courses
- Sensory-motor integration
- Feeding consultation and therapy
Intervention techniques are determined by the autism team based on the needs of the child and family.