Autism and Developmental Services
Partnering with Your Family for Testing, Treatment and Support
When families face questions and uncertainties about their child’s suspected autism spectrum disorder (ASD), they turn to St. Vincent’s Autism and Developmental Services for answers and guidance. Our trusted, multidisciplinary team partners with you and your child. We offer diagnostic testing, treatment, and support.
Our first step together is to arrive at a complete understanding of how your child is performing at home and in the community. We partner with you by conducting an evaluation of your child so we can arrive at an accurate diagnosis. We identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses in several key areas. This allows us to gain better insight into the challenges they face. From there, we work together to develop a plan that includes treatment, recommendations for appropriate local and regional services, and family support.
Parents, caregivers and the child participate in this evaluation. We use state-of-the-art standardized measurements, including Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), to rule in or rule out autism and to identify other developmental disorders.
Areas of Evaluation
At St. Vincent’s, we conduct evaluations to better understand your child’s ASD challenges in the following areas:
- Cognitive: memory, attention, concentration, education achievement skills
- Communication: language development
- Executive Functioning: Organizational skills
- Adaptive Behavior: social/emotional
Our mission at St. Vincent’s is to foster the health and well-being of individuals, family, and community. Toward that end, we offer numerous support groups to help strengthen the health of your child and your family. These groups include:
Children and Teens Social Skills Groups
Social skills groups teach and strengthen the skills they need to make new friends and to seek successful community experiences. Specifically designed for children and teens that may have difficulty understanding social cues and developing friendships, the social skills groups includes lessons, social games, role playing and use of peer models. The groups focus on reciprocal conversation, how to express feelings, empathy, greetings, self-regulation, and cooperative play skills and how to develop friendship skills. Evidence-based practices, such as video modeling, are incorporated into the curriculum. Video modeling uses self-observation to teach desirable behaviors, and has been shown to help improve language skills and to expand social interactions.
Sibling Support Group
This group provides children with information to help them better understand their brothers or sisters special needs. It offers a safe, supportive place to share feelings. It fosters coping strategies through concrete play. The goal of these activities is to enhance a positive connection between siblings. Groups are formed according to age and need.
Individual, Child and Family Counseling
Counseling at St. Vincent’s focuses on identifying and developing coping skills around the issues of anxiety or other emotional issues. These include problem-solving issues about school as well as interpersonal difficulties. Therapeutic interventions include play therapy and individual, couples and family therapy.
Parent Support Groups
Parent support groups are held during eight weekly meetings. These groups focus on various personal and family issues associated with raising a child with developmental delays. Our confidential, non-judgmental sessions allow participants to share feelings, to strengthen problem solving and advocacy skills, and to develop an increased sense of confidence when facing daily challenges.
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