Students with special needs, ADHD and autism are suffering in this new school environment

As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician who works primarily with students with special needs, such as autism, global developmental delays, ADHD, and a myriad other conditions that affect a child’s ability to learn and interact with others, I fret because I know it is these most vulnerable children that are suffering the most.

ADHD Autism special needs children suffering in new school environment

It has been shown many times over that early intervention more than pays for itself. For every dollar invested in providing services for these vulnerable children, the net gain is measurable and significant in dollars returned to society. These services are expensive, but they can change a life from one of dependence to one of self-realization enable these individuals to be engaged contributors to society. By depriving this community of in-person services, many of these children have become more emotionally dysregulated.

Treatment plans for developmental delay, ADHD and autism break down the target skills into manageable steps to be taught.  Treatment includes an objective measurement of the child’s progress using various data collection methods.  After your child’s assessment, the BCBA will make a recommendation on a home-based or clinic setting for treatment.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” program.  Your child is unique and has specific strengths and weaknesses requiring a program designed to meet their individual needs.  An ABA program consists of 20 to 40 hours per week of intensive one on one teaching.  Bridging the gap between chronological and developmental age is the goal of a treatment program.   A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) can assess your child and develop an individual behavior plan. Read more…

Family involvement is one of the most important components of ABA therapy as much research has shown a more positive outcome when caregivers are involved. Caregiver training is delivered to ensure consistency in the behavior program. Review of progress is discussed on an on-going basis.

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