The first steps after receiving an autism diagnosis.
The Elevation Program
Children with autism engage with their world differently. To make the greatest progress, they need frequent learning interactions that aren’t available in a traditional environment. Our program is designed to maximize learning opportunities during every moment of your child’s day. Using carefully-designed goals and intentional teaching moments, we work together to unlock their greatest abilities.
Here is how we work together:
- Your child will be assessed by their personal Program Director. Using our findings from their assessment, your program director will design an individual curriculum that is custom-tailored to your child’s strengths and areas of need.
- Based upon this curriculum, your Program Director will recommend their starting placement in our program. This placement is based upon their current developmental level, and it’s is designed for them to be surrounded by similar peers.
- Our phases are created for learners to progress at an appropriate pace, while working closely among friends. This is critical to building their social understanding and self-confidence.
- Each day, your child attends their program sessions and works upon their developmental building blocks. They receive the individual teaching of our specialized therapists, while enjoying the friendships and support of other learners in their program phase.
- Your child is surrounded by a dedicated team, to ensure our intimate understanding of their progress day-by-day. Their team is uniquely focused on your child’s individual goals and program design.
- As learners advance through their personal curriculum, we meet regularly to review their skill development. As they accelerate over milestones, we advance into the next phase and adjust their daily schedule accordingly.
- Once their foundational skills are fully formed, learners will graduate into a traditional school setting. They often continue attending our after-school program to refine our progress and sharpen their tools for independence.
- Our Parent Partnership: Throughout our work together, we ask that parents commit to at least 90% of the recommended program schedule. This allows for important structure in your child’s life, consistent support from our team, and daily participation in social groups. Most importantly, it gives the best chance for progress.
Learners attend Monday-Friday alongside their peers. Your child’s starting placement will be determined by their individual assessment.
How to Get Started
We walk you through every step of the approval, evaluation and set-up process to ensure everything is in place before treatment starts.
1. Request Services
Submit an intake request. One of our team members will contact you within 24 hours to complete an intake screening.
2. Consult With Us
The intake screening is an opportunity for you to get to know us better, learn about our services and for us to verify if the services we provide align with your child’s needs.
3. Verify Benefits
Once we confirm our services fit your child’s needs, we will request your insurance information to verify coverage. We will advocate on your behalf to maximize the benefits allowed by your provider.
4. Obtain Authorization for Initial Assessment
After the consultation, we will request from your insurance company authorization of an initial assessment.
5. Schedule the Assessment
Once the initial assessment is approved, we will reach out to you for scheduling. An assessment can take between 1.5-3 hours and includes an interview with parents, completion of an online assessment and an observation of your child and their interactions.
6. Review Treatment Recommendations
You will meet with your child’s team to review the outcomes of the assessment. We will make recommendations for treatment goals and service hours.
7. Obtain Authorization of Services
We will submit the program plan developed by you and your child’s team along with a request to begin ABA services to your insurance company for authorization.
8. Set The Schedule
While waiting for authorization, you will work with our team to set a therapy schedule based on your child’s availability and recommended treatment hours.
9. Attend Parent Training
As an integral part of your child’s scope of learning, we require parents to commit a few hours a month to participate in reviewing program materials and learning the basics concepts of ABA therapy. The parent training begins before the first therapy session.
10. Begin Therapy!
Sessions include one-on-one high-energy interactions between your child and the therapist as well as time for social interactions with peers. A typical session lasts 3 hours.
Services To Meet Your Child’s Needs
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Through ABA therapy our team provides a range of services to help your child meet their goals including:
Daily Living Skills
Frequently Asked ABA Questions
What is Applied Behavioral Analysis?
How can ABA help?
What is an ABA therapy session like?
Typically, ABA therapy sessions involve high-energy, one-on-one interaction between the child and the therapist.
Each therapy session may involve different activities and skills, but every session is guided by two specific principles of ABA:
- Positive Reinforcement. When our actions result in a positive outcome such as receiving a desired reinforcement like praise, high-fives, or opportunities to play, we’re more likely to repeat those actions. Over time, positive reinforcement encourages behavior change.
- Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence. We’re better able to act in appropriate ways when we understand antecedents (what happens before a behavior occurs) and consequences (what happens in response to the behavior).
How do we know ABA therapy works?
Want to learn more?
Our team will collaborate with you to understand how to navigate the IEP process. We can assist in creating IEP goals with parents, teachers, and administrators as well as attend IEP meetings to help advocate in the best interest of your child.
We can provide assistance to parents and teachers in identifying strengths, weaknesses and possible skill deficits with academics. We can suggest strategies and break down skills for your child to have more success with schoolwork.
- Shadow Services: At the school’s discretion, our team can provide one-on-one assistance in group settings, such as private schools, daycares, camps and learning centers. Shadowing can assist with behavior, communication skills, social skills, etc. Shadow services are only optional per staff availability.
- In School Facilitation: With the agreement of the educational provider, we can collaborate with teachers and school professionals to accomplish common goals.