Services Include

  • Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • Jump Start Program
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Consultative Services

Treatment Methodology

Our comprehensive early intervention program follows a developmental curriculum to teach the core elements of socialization, communication, play skills, academic skills and many other skills necessary to succeed in school and the community. Parent involvement is the cornerstone of our program and involves increasing interaction with your child as well as learning important techniques to maximize learning in the home and the community to ensure generalization.

Learning in our program takes place through finding what motivates the child (fun games, books, movies, playful interaction). We focus on teaching within a fun learning environment in order to help keep children motivated to learn and enjoy learning.

Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) is considered ‘best practice’ for children with autism and has a much stronger empirical basis than virtually any other intervention used with children with autism, based on reviews of the research literature and the recommendations of several professional consensus panels, convened by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH, 1999), the U.S. National Institutes of Health in 2000 (e.g., Schreibman, 2000), and the U.S. Department of Special Education via the National Research Council (NRC, 2001).

Portia uses several scientifically validated methodologies to build a curriculum for your child across all stages of development (e.g. Verbal Behavior, Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Training).

Our unique approach is designed for each child to meet their full potential through individualized program development. Research demonstrates that through intensive one-to-one teaching using the principles of applied behavior analysis, skills can be enhanced in all areas of development. Our comprehensive programs will focus on the areas of communication, language development, social skills, life skills and adaptive behaviors.

Therapy will initially focus on building a relationship with the child through pairing and increasing communicative abilities. As the program progresses, each program will target a wide range of skills all necessary to increase the child’s rate of development.

Parent involvement is a very important component of ABA programs and is accomplished in a variety of ways:
*Parents will learn to identify program goals and these skills will be discussed at monthly meetings
*In-home parent training
*Weekly or bi-weekly home program targets to ensure generalization and maintenance

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