Services

What you can expect from us:

  • Personalized attention
  • Caring staff
  • Innovative Programming
  • Support for the entire family, not just the child with Autism
  • Flexible scheduling
  • In-home and school based interventions
  • Opportunities to subsidize costs

1:1 ABA Intervention

1:1 ABA intervention provides each child with an intensive individualized ABA program. Areas including communication, language development, and the reduction of problem behaviors are addressed. All 1:1 ABA intervention programs are overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.Social Skills Program

Building relationships with peers and interactions with others are the focus of our social skills training program. High functioning individuals gather together along with typically developing peers and ABA clinicians. This group setting allows the students to interact with one another and practice appropriate social skills with adults and peers.

Parent and Teacher Trainings

Training on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques is offered to parents, caregivers, teachers, and family members. Hands on training and role play create a new understanding about behavior and how to facilitate new skills with your loved one.  Trainings are offered on an individual level or in a workshop format.

School-based ABA

This service provides assistance to children in mainstream classrooms. An ABA trained professional attends parts of the school day with the child to provide additional support to the child and the teacher.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy is offered as a 1:1 or a consultative service.  Speech therapy addresses the areas of language development, articulation, auditory processing, oral motor, and social development.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is offered as a 1:1 or a consultative service. Services include full developmental and/or sensory integration evaluation, written report and home program. Treatment will address gross and fine motor skills, sensory processing, visual motor and visual perceptual skills, self care skills, and therapeutic exercises for strengthening and coordination.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is offered as a 1:1 or a consultative service. Services are provided to children who have conditions that affect motor development, including positioning, sitting and walking. It also addresses mobility and gross motor needs in order to develop the highest level of independence. In addition to assessing a range of motion, strength, posture, and gait, physical therapy promotes independence and safety at home and in the community.

B.A.S.I.C. Training

B.A.S.I.C. (Be A Star In Class) Training is a Kindergarten readiness program that began with funding by the United Way of Southwest Louisiana. This 11-month program provides services to four and five-year-old children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. The program readies children for a mainstream Kindergarten classroom by simulating a school day and focusing on pre-academic and functional skills. The program uses ABA Therapy in conjunction with Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy goals. St. Nicholas Center also offers parent trainings and support in an effort to generalize skills learned at the Center into the home.

B.I.T.s

B.A.S.I.C.S. In Training (B.I.T.s) is a program that is funded by United Way of Southwest Louisiana to provide early intervention through applied behavior analysis therapy with occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy goals to three- and four-year-old children in a group and 1:1
setting for transition into a mainstream preschool or B.A.S.I.C. Training school-readiness program.

Itty B.I.T.ties

This program is funded by the United Way of Southwest Louisiana to provide early intensive applied behavior analysis therapy to children aged 18-months to 3-years-old diagnosed with autism in a 1:1 setting.

Autism Diagnostic Evaluation

ADOS is the “gold standard” for assessing and diagnosing autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. This semi-structured assessment can be used to evaluate almost anyone suspected of having autism–from toddlers to adults, from children with no speech to adults who are verbally fluent. The ADOS consists of various activities that allow you to observe social and communication behaviors related to the diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorders and includes four modules, each requiring just 35 to 40 minutes to administer. The individual being evaluated is given just one module, depending on his or her expressive language level and chronological age.

Language and Learning Assessments

Functional skills assessments are chosen based upon the individual needs of the learner. Data collected during the assessment are used to create an individualized treatment plan and serve as a baseline measure that is used to track progress. Assessments frequently used are the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills Revised (ABLLS-R) and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP).

Integrated Listening System (iLs)

iLs Integrated Listening Systems is an evidenced-based, therapeutic program that combines music, movement and language for improving brain and body function. The program uses headphones with bone conduction in hourly sessions that include 10-15 minutes of iLs’s multi-sensory movement based activities. The program is based on the fact that we can change our brains through specific and repeated simulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity. As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age. The system trains the brain/body integration through staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending to more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills. The iLs System leads to brain organization by improving emotional regulation/mood, behavioral regulation, attention and concentration, speed of information processing, language and cognitive skills and learning and academic functioning.

Fun with Foods

The group is designed to be a multi-disciplinary approach for children with food aversions. Each week we will present different foods and coinciding activities. The goals of this group will be to de-sensitize your child to novel foods, tolerate touching different textures, decrease problematic behavior when presented novel foods, foster communication and language skills with description of food items, and encourage development of play skills through food exposure. Our goal is to expose and expand your child’s tolerance to different foods through all of the senses; Touch, Sight, Hearing, Smell and Taste.

Functional Behavior Assessment of Problem Behavior

Functional behavior assessments of problem behavior are conducted when the goal of a program is to decrease problematic behavior. Observation in multiple environments, caregiver interviews, and direct interaction are used to help determine the variables that effect problem behavior. A treatment plan is developed based on the results and training is provided to caregivers and staff who interact with the learner.

Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome (IM) is a research-based training program that helps children and adults overcome attention, memory and coordination limitations. IM works for people of all ages who have a variety of conditions affecting their cognitive and physical abilities. Children with neurological conditions can benefit most from IM including children diagnosed with ADHD, Apraxia/Dyspraxia, Autism, brain injury or tumor, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia and other reading disorders, language-learning disabled and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Essential for Living

Essential for Living is a communication, behavior and functional skills curriculum and assessment developed by Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Dr. Troy Fry and Dr. Colleen Cornwall. The program was designed for children and adults of all ages with moderate-to-severe disabilities and limited skill repertoires especially children struggling to become vocal, non-verbal children or adults who have no effective method of speaking, and children or adults with severe forms of disruptive, aggressive, or self-injurious behavior. The program helps select functional skills for instruction and problematic behaviors for management, manage problem behaviors and teach functional skills, and aid in communication.