Our Services

Children Services

Assessment and Evaluation

Some children, adolescents, and adults exhibit symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but they’re not diagnosed properly. At Scientific Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (SCADD), we provide diagnostic evaluations to such people. Evaluations normally last a day. However, if the case is more complex, it can take more days to complete the evaluation.

In the evaluation, a therapist will interview the caregiver and review development, social, medical and academic history. Evaluation also includes direct examination and​ ​testing sessions with the child, adolescent or adult and caregiver questionnaires. These testing sessions are based on standardized development, cognitive and behavioral assessments.
SCADD employs empirical based instruments for assessment to determine various disorders such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, social and communication disorders.

After the evaluation is complete, the results are shared with caregivers during a conference. During the conference, comprehensive recommendations will be provided and evidence​ b​ ased options for therapy will be given to caregivers.
Note: Do not bring siblings and other young children with you. Only the client who is to be evaluated and their caregivers are allowed.a

Intensive Behavioral Services

The intensive behavioral services are comprehensive treatment programs for children with ASD. Evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment approach is used. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for ASD. It has been endorsed by a number of entities including the U.S. Surgeon General, the New York State Department of Health, and The Association for Science in Autism.

ABA has been proven to remediate symptoms of ASD better than any other treatment. The critical factor in reaching great outcome is early intensive treatment; therefore SCADD prescribes 35-40 hours of treatment per week. The intensive behavioral services of SCADD are home based and a team of therapists will be assigned to the child to provide instructions focused on social, behavioral and language development.

Therapists work with the child to address challenging behaviors and other behavioral problems such as feeding and rumination disorders, elimination disorders, sleep disorder, school avoidance and adjustment problems.

 

Early Intensive Intervention Program (Center Based)

At SCADD, we provide one-to-one treatment to children. Treatment is center based and a systematic and positive way of reducing behavioral issues and teaching skills is emphasized in the program. The multidisciplinary team of experts develops customized plans for each individual child and applies techniques to determine the behavioral deficits of a child. Appropriate behaviors are taught to the child through several evidence based approaches such as but not limited to DTT verbal behavior approaches and pivotal response treatment (PRT). 

Early Interventions (Home Based)

At SCADD, we provide home based early interventions to young children. The multidisciplinaryteam partners with caregivers or parents of the child to understand development and health of the child, child trauma and challenges parents experience that can interfere with a child’s protection, support and care. An individualized plan is developed with the collaboration of family members. This plan includes therapeutic interventions, services and support that will be provided to parents to ensure optimal treatment of the child. Education and training to parents or caregivers is provided by home-based

 

Centers/ Organizations Services

Functional Behavior Assessment

At Scientific Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders (SCADD), we offer functional behavior assessment (FBA) primarily to new referrals. In this service, we determine the cause of the problem behavior in a child, measure the extent of the problem and develop recommendations according to the individual needs of the child. Our FBA program includes the following steps:

●  Defining the problem behavior
●  Collecting and analyzing information related to the problem behavior
●  Creating an implementation plan to solve the problem behavior

 

Behavioral Support Planning

In behavioral support planning, our behavioral specialists observe the child with ASD in their natural setting to determine the intervention strategy that will be most effective for their treatment. The specialist will create a behavior plan so that the behavior can be addressed and the setting/environment will be changed accordingly. We will also provide training to those who are responsible for implementing the plan to ensure that interventions are effective.

Response to Intervention (RTI) Consultation

At SCADD, we understand how Response to Intervention (RTI) model works. Response to intervention is an approach in which a student’s response to instruction is used to guide educational decisions. RTI also helps to decide if a student is eligible for special intervention programs and assists in designing individualized education programs. SCADD consultants can provide coaching and follow-up support to those who wish to implement the RTI model.

 

System Wide Consultation

System wide consultation is provide​d for an individual student, a classroom or the whole school. SCADD provides consultation for program evaluation and program design as well as curriculum development across all levels. Mentoring of staff members can also be arranged upon request. In the school consultation, SCADD evaluates the school program to determine if it meets the needs of children with ASD and helps to develop a range of programs to support these children. Classroom environment is also evaluated and actions plans are developed to support children with ASD in the classroom environment.

 

Program Evaluations and Support

SCADD evaluate​s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching programs and also provides support in the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Educational programs in the schools are also evaluated and recommendations are provided to implement changes that will help children with ASD in the school environment.

Intensive home-based services

At SCADD, we provide family-focused and child-centered intensive home-based services to children who exhibit challenging behaviors, and their parents. Intensive home-based services include in-home assessments, teaching and intervention of children with ASD and parent training. The goal of intensive home-based services is to work with parents to help them reduce the child’s problem behavior.

Staff Training and Professional Development

In addition to consultation and individual support, SCADD also provides staff training and professional development programs to teachers and professionals on topics that are important in both special education and regular education environment. Our staff training and professional development programs are designed to help teachers and professionals at all levels become more familiar with ASD and learn strategies that will aid children with ASD in the classroom setting.

School Services

A. School Shadowing

At Scientific Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (SCADD), we believe that school shadowing services are a vital component of an applied behavior analysis (ABA) program; therefore we provide these services to children. In our school shadowing program, a behavior analyst or ABA therapist referred to as a ‘shadow’ is assigned to provide support to a child and help her/him succeed in regular school setting.

A shadow will be a part of a therapy team responsible for taking care of your child. He/she will understand the needs of your child and work to promote social interaction and academic participation to help your child in the school environment. A shadow will consult and discuss the special needs of your child with the class teacher and other service providers to modify the classwork and may teach some school lessons to your children to ensure that he/she is able to grasp the new information.
A shadow will be there when your child needs support and will step back when he/she doesn’t need help so that your child can learn to complete school work on her/his own. Support will be reduced systematically over time as the goal is to make your child participate in school activities without any kind of support.

B. In-School Consultations

At SCADD, we provide in-school consultations to assist teachers and schools in educating children with ASD. Typically, consultation involves forming a plan that can facilitate placement of a child with ASD in the educational setting. This includes identifying special needs of the child and developing specific teaching method and intervention that meets those needs. In-school consultation assists in behavior management, implementation of teaching strategies and curriculum development.

We emphasize proactive, positive, practical and evidence-based approaches that have proven to be effective for improving the educational progress of children with ASD.

 

C. Teacher and Psychologists Training

Our teacher and psychologists training program not only involves theory, but also includes training on intervention protocols. This program provides continuing education for teachers and psychologists and helps them learn how to better cope with children with ASD. Evidence-based information is presented in a user friendly manner and practical solutions for the school environment, classroom and home settings are emphasized.

Our trainers are familiar with special needs of autism children and experienced in helping educators and clinicians design programs to facilitate children with ASD.

 

D. Inclusion Services

At SCADD, we offer in-school applied behavior analysis (ABA) for children with ASD in inclusive settings. Interviews and initial assessments are conducted to determine children who require inclusion services. Due to social defects associated with ASD, it can be extremely stressful for children with ASD to learn in an inclusive setting without support and behavior management through ABA. Often children with ASD behave aberrantly when they become frustrated with the learning environment.

They may require individualized support to learn or may need help with staying on assigned tasks, non-verbal language and social cues, individualized motivation, making friends, perspective taking and staying free from stress. SCADD provides inclusion services to support children with ASD in the inclusive learning environment.