We respect and celebrate diversity in all forms, including neurodiversity and diversity in culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We use strategies that are supported by science; tailor interventions to meet the needs, values, and goals of each patient; and work with parents and caregivers at every step along the way. Among the intervention approaches we use are:
Early intervention for infants through early school age
Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) uses strategies that include play, favorite activities, and everyday interactions to encourage a child’s development in speech and language, thinking and reasoning, daily living, as well as play and friendship skills. These strategies include families as a key part of the plan, can be used at home or in other community settings, create opportunities for the child to have choices, and use natural feedback given by the child to encourage the development of skills. We facilitate the development of autonomy and self-advocacy of children.
While there are a wide range of NDBI approaches, we use the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), developed by Dr. Geraldine Dawson, director of the Duke Center for Autism, and her colleague, Dr. Sally Rogers. Intervention focuses on caregiver/parent coaching to promote social interaction, communication, and learning in young children diagnosed with autism.
Interventions for school age children, adolescents, and young adults
Interventions that support the needs and goals of older children, adolescents, and young adults assist with managing emotions, learning coping skills, communication strategies, problem-solving skills, supporting self-esteem, social skills, self-advocacy, and daily living skills. If medication or other medical treatment is a part of the care plan, our behavioral health provider will work closely with a psychiatrist or other physician.
For those experiencing significant anxiety or depression, a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach may be most effective. CBT helps an individual understand how their thinking patterns influence behavior, learn problem-solving skills to cope with challenging situations, and develop positive self-esteem and increase self confidence.