Portland Autism Intervention, Therapy and Treatment

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Autism spectrum disorders are associated with symptoms of social and communication difficulties, self-stimulatory and repetitive behaviors, and narrow or hyper-focused interests. These symptoms result from underlying challenges in a child’s ability to process and respond to sensory information. When these challenges are significant, they interfere with a child’s ability to grow, learn, and engage in relationships.

Many theories suggests that children with autism spectrum disorders cannot love or engage with the same degree of warmth and intimacy as others. With early and intensive treatment specific to individual differences, your child can learn to relate, engage, and to think creatively. With these skills children will begin climbing the developmental ladder.

Developmental care and assessments should involve parents’ descriptions and observations of important developmental landmarks, such as an infant’s capacity to look and listen, relate to a caregiver with joy and pleasure, and engage in reciprocal interactions involving facial expressions, gestures, and vocalizations. Evaluations should be thorough and especially sensitive to problems with responses to sensory input, reciprocal interactions, purposeful social gesturing (e.g., pointing), functional language, and the emergence of pretend play and interactions with peers. Children with challenges in these areas of function should receive a full assessment and, if appropriate, an intervention program. Children have the best chance of making progress when challenges are identified early.

At Sensory KIDS we meet children at their level and learn what excites and interests them, draws them in, and challenges them to be creative, curious, and spontaneous. These are the steps that will move them forward intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Our therapists are trained in Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Weider’s DIR/Floortime ® Approach. Click here for more information on relationship-based therapy.