Cornerstone's Resources for Autism
CORNERSTONE'S AUTISM CARE
At Cornerstone Therapies we are committed to providing children with autism services that are both socially significant for our families and beneficial to the child’s overall growth and progress. Our services utilize evidence-based practices to provide exceptional and compassionate care to our clients. We operate with the understanding that:
Children with autism have the ability to be successful learners when provided the right tools and support
Lack of progress generally signals problems with the design and implementation of the educational activity rather than the inability of the child to learn.
Each child with autism and family is unique. Therefore, goals, interventions, and approaches must be individualized.
Children with autism have minds, opinions, preferences, choices, and feelings. They have a right to self-expression and the ability to make independent choices.
Autism is complex disorder affecting virtually all areas of functioning; interdisciplinary professional guidance is needed to address the wide range of challenges that autism presents.
Children with autism are capable of becoming intentional, effective, symbolic communicators when provided tools of communication
Families are an integral part of their child’s treatment and family members need to have a role in their child’s program and progress
Children with autism have the right to being an active part of the community and treatments for autism should focus on social relationships and functioning in both the home and community
Systematic instruction is a powerful tool for young children with autism. It involves concrete, well-written objectives that are accomplished through pre-planned instructional activities. Progress is measured through ongoing data collection on each targeted objective.
Several intervention approaches for children with autism have demonstrated their effectiveness in certain instructional methodologies. A comprehensive, contemporary treatment approach must be able to draw from all the expertise available in the field.
Intervention delivered in various settings and by various people.
Intensity (i.e., number of hours of intervention by trained staff) must be individualized. There is no one best formula for all children.
Ingredients for successful intervention include:
1. High number of opportunities for learning and engagement
2. Intervention provided by staff and family members skillful at delivering evidence-based interventions
3. Careful delivery of target objectives
4. Use of progress data and ongoing assessment to adjust interventions in order to maximize rate of gain.