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Sendan Autism Services

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SARA WHITE, PHD, BCBA-D:  CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Sendan Autism Services offers evidence-based diagnosis and treatment to families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), such as PDD, Aspergers and autism.

 

 

We offer:

ABA Therapy by BACB-Certified Providers

Social Communication Treatment

 

Current wait times:

 

Diagnosis: As of Fall 2016, the wait time for diagnosis is at least 12 months. 

 

ABA: 36 months (wait times are shorter for families seeking services during school hours)

 

Social Communication Treatment:  2 weeks

 

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If you would like to schedule a Diagnostic Evaluation or are seeking Treatment Services,
please click on the link below to complete an AUTISM SERVICES INTAKE FORM.

Sendan New Patient Forms

When your completed intake form is received, we will call you to schedule your first appointment.

 

 

Sendan Autism Services FAQs

Treatment Services:

What kind of autism treatment services does Sendan Center offer?

What intensity of treatment can you offer my child?

Diagnosis Services:

Does Sendan Center currently have a waitlist for diagnosis?

What do I need to do to start the diagnostic process?

How long does the diagnostic process typically take?

Once the process is completed will I receive a hard copy of the official diagnosis?

Does Sendan Center offer diagnostic services for adults?

Is there certainty that my child will be diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder?

 

Treatment Services:

What kind of autism treatment services does Sendan Center offer?

Sendan Autism Services includes Dr. Sara White, BCBA-D, and behavior specialists, and behavior technicians.  A behavior therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the form of behavior therapy offered through the center.  ABA is a scientifically validated and evidence based therapy that involves in-home sessions in which the child is taught socially relevant skills to cope with problem behaviors and parents are trained to implement behavior modification principles in the home.  Inappropriate behaviors are targeted for reduction and are replaced with socially appropriate behaviors.  For more information on Applied Behavior Analysis, please visit the Association for Science in Autism Treatment website at: www.asatonline.org.

Sendan Center Autism Services also offers social communication interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. Fletcher Scott, PhD, CCC-SLP has worked in the field of autism for nearly twenty years. He uses a variety of interventions to address speech, language and social communication issues specific to children and adolescents with autism. These interventions include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of speech, language and social communication disorders
  • The use of child / adolescent interests (e.g. Legos, moviews) to motivate treatment and meaningful interaction
  • Individual and peer-matched (dyad) therapy
  • Social groups
  • Pivotal Response Teaching (PRT), an evidence-based, ABA-derived intervention for autism

Treatment services are recommended based on each child’s individual needs.

What intensity of treatment can you offer my child?

The intensity of treatment can vary from child to child. 

In terms of ABA, we are able to offer a wide spectrum of treatment options ranging from very intensive one-on-one treatment (25-40 hours per week of formal behavior programs with a therapist or tutor and child) to less intensive parent training programs (1-2 hours per week with the lead therapist and parents).

Intensity of ABA treatment is ultimately based upon the family’s preference for intensity and financial ability.  Treatment recommendations by Dr. Sara White, clinical child psychologist and BCBA-D, will be given to the family to aid in developing a treatment plan.

Social communication treatment generally takes place weekly, in a 50 minute session. 

Diagnosis Services:

 Does Sendan Center currently have a waitlist for diagnosis?

Yes. Please speak to the front office about current wait times. As of Fall 2016, the wait time for diagnosis is at least 12 months. 

What do I need to do to start the diagnostic process?

Fill out the AUTISM DIAGNOSIS NEW PATIENT Intake Packet and mail it back to us.  Only once the completed documents is received can the diagnostic process begin.

How long does the diagnostic process typically take?

The entire process will vary depending on the family’s availability and the amount of testing needed.  This typically ranges from about one month to three to four months total.  We do our best to accommodate the needs of the family and child, including variables like how far they are traveling to come to the Center, how much testing their child can tolerate at one sitting, etc.

Once the process is completed will I receive a hard copy of the official diagnosis?

Yes.  A comprehensive report will be given to families once the diagnostic process is completed and all fees are paid.  This document will serve as a signed official diagnosis that may be used to seek further treatment and services for the child.

Does Sendan Center offer diagnostic services for adults?

No.  Currently, diagnostic services are only offered for very young children and adolescents up to 18 years of age.

Is there certainty that my child will be diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder?

No.  Testing through the diagnostic process does not look solely for symptoms of ASD in children or adolescents. Symptoms may be present that indicate other difficulties such as anxiety, depression, or other Neurodevelopmental syndromes or disorders aside from Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is only once the clinicians have undergone testing with your child that they can determine what symptoms are present or need to be tested further in order to accurately diagnose your child.