GOALS: Global Outreach Autism Learning Services
GOALS provides families around the world the opportunity to access a highly qualified transdisciplinary team of professionals that work together to develop a unique & individualized program for their child with autism.
CADI: Collaborative Autism Diagnosis and Intervention Program
Research has demonstrated that early intervention can improve social, cognitive, language and academic outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our team of highly skilled professionals can provide a comprehensive evaluation and report that can be used in the development of treatment goals, as well as aid your family’s licensed medical professional to determine if a formal ASD diagnosis is warranted.
Spring into Action
Spring into Action programs are early learning services for children 18 – 36 months of age. The goal of the program is to bring together children with different skills; so that they can learn from each other. Receiving focused lessons in communication, social, play and pre-academic skills will help all children when they move on to preschool.
Spring into Action: Together
Spring into Action: Together is a caregiver-implemented early intervention program for children 18 months to 3 years of age. The program is designed to support communication, social engagement, and play skills. Caregivers will learn valuable strategies to support their child’s learning and growth, while participating in fun and structured classroom-based activities.
Spring into Action: Early Intervention
The Spring into Action: Early Intervention program will specifically use a Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment for Young Children (CBTYC). The key components to CBTYC are (1) intense services based on applied behavior analysis (e.g., the use of discrete trial and incidental teaching, errorless learning, and shaping), (2) measurement to assess the effectiveness of the program, (3) services provided across a variety of settings, (4) low student-to-teacher ratios, (5) focus on the core symptoms of autism, and (6) written guidance through treatment manuals and other materials.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and behavior to bring about changes in behavior that are socially significant. For individuals diagnosed with autism, ABA strategies and techniques can lead to improvements in communication (i.e., verbal behavior), social relationships, adaptive and daily living skills, play skills, academic abilities and employment tasks.
The Els for Autism Foundation’s Behavior Analytic Services and Education (BASE) program provides ABA services in a clinic setting.
Parent Training for Disruptive Behaviors
Many children with autism exhibit behavioral problems, including tantrums, noncompliance, aggression, and self-injury. These behaviors may not only hinder the individual’s ability to learn but may also amplify caregiver stress.
Picky Eating Services
A systematic, step-by-step procedure is used to introduce new foods into the diets of children who are picky eaters. This program is designed for children who eat a limited number of foods but there is no medical reason associated with this behavior.
Mental health counseling services are available to offer support to individuals and families experiencing mental health issues associated with living with a disability. Individual and group counseling services are specifically designed to address issues with depressive symptoms, anxiety, social isolation and other comorbid diagnoses. The main focus is to improve overall quality of life and increase community participation.
Speech and language therapy provides an individual with access to speech, language and a means to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, and feelings. The overall objective of speech-language therapy services is to optimize an individuals’ ability to communicate, thereby improving quality of life.
The Els Center of Excellence speech and language therapy services program is available to individuals across ages and is currently offering:
- Comprehensive speech and language evaluations
- Individualized 1:1 speech and language intervention
- Social communication/pragmatic language groups