Autism Therapy in a Dynamic, Collaborative, Caring Environment
Help is a few short steps away. We understand the unique needs of you and your child at each of our Virginia area autism therapy centers. We work with you to develop the best treatment plan to help your child meet their full potential. Each center has an inviting, educational, warm, and flexible atmosphere, including rooms where social interaction is encouraged and modeled. ABA Therapy is short for Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy. It can improve communication, social, and learning skills through positive reinforcement and is considered the gold-standard among many experts. Our center-based ABA therapy can either be exclusive to your child’s treatment or as a supplement to in-home therapy.
Common Early Signs of Autism
Children may exhibit early signs of autism before one year of age, however, each child is beautifully unique. Take a look at these common, early signs of autism to see if your child may benefit from autism therapy:
Children with autism may display repetitive movements such as spinning, rocking, or hand flapping. They may also exhibit aggressive or self-injuring behaviors.
If you have difficult potty-training your child, or they don’t complete age-appropriate tasks such as brushing their teeth or bathing independently, that could be a sign of autism, which we can address through in-home autism therapy.
Children on the autism spectrum typically struggle with communication and often do not meet speech and language milestones. Early signs of communication issues include the repetition of words and phrases, little to no use of gestures, and not showing interest in objects by 14 months.
Quite often, children with autism avoid eye contact, don’t interact with others voluntarily, and don’t point to things around them to show others. We address these issues through in-home autism therapy.
It is common for children with autism to struggle with routine changes and to engage in pretend play. They often line up toys or play with toys in a very rigid manner.
Although many children are picky eaters, children with autism are typically always picky about eating and may display a heightened sensitivity to textures and colors. They often lack a willingness to try new foods. This is another obstacle easily addressed through in-home autism therapy.
Benefits of Center-Based Autism Therapy
We help children overcome the obstacles that come with an autism diagnosis by developing a customized autism therapy program to meet their needs. Our welcoming environment accommodates various ages from young children through young adults who benefit from center-based autism therapy in several ways, including:
- A Dynamic Environment: Our autism therapy includes stimulating activities and social opportunities to help them practice what they learn.
- A Collaborative Environment: Children using our center-based autism therapy program are under close supervision and receive unparalleled personalized support.
- Intensive Instruction: Each one of our Richmond-area autism treatment centers boasts tailored spaces to promote in-depth, person-centered, focused instruction.
You’re Not Alone
Numerous families throughout the Richmond area trust our experienced, friendly, knowledgeable, and caring Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavioral Technicians to help their child blossom through the proven ABA therapy model. Partner with us to help your child reach their full potential.
Q: If I use center-based autism therapy, can I use in-home therapy too?
A: Yes! We encourage both here at Next Steps. Center based therapy and in-home therapies both have different benefits for your child’s success.
Q: What is ABA therapy?
A: ABA therapy is the most studied autism therapy treatment program and is the scientific study of behavior. Read more about it on our ABA page.
Q: What if my child does not have an autism diagnosis yet?
A: Contact us, and we will show you what you need to do and where you need to go to have your child evaluated.
Q: How many children receive treatment in your center at a time?
A: We offer therapy on a 1:1 basis. Each child’s autism therapy plan is different and based on their needs. Most children receive intensive one-on-one treatment with a Registered Behavior Technician and time with other children to work on socialization.