Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior analysis, commonly referred as ABA focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Social Skill Groups
From a very young age, neurotypical children learn social, cognitive, and communicative abilities from their primary caregivers by listening to speech and looking at faces. Recognizing and interpreting familiar faces allows infants to identify socially important people and understand others’ internal mental states. At the Center for Social Dynamics (CSD), we use an evidence-based approach that treats the social-emotional affects associated with the medical diagnosis of ASD.
Adult Transition Program
The importance of the young adult transition is becoming more recognized within the community of providers who work with young people on the Autism Spectrum. We know young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) struggle with the transition from high school precisely because it is a difficult process. Society tends to cast a view that the young adult transition is a ‘launch’, a sudden shift from dependence to independence. If a young adult is not able to immediately find their path, others are often quick to pass judgment.