Language and Learning Clinic

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The Language and Learning Clinic (LLC) provides clinical services and support to families whose primary concerns are related to the development of language, communication, or difficulties with adaptive or pre-academic skills. The focus in the LLC is the development of new skills. We strive to provide interventions that are individualized to meet the unique needs of children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. Our services focus on developing effective communication and social behaviors needed to develop meaningful relationships.

Through a combination of intensive intervention sessions, natural environment teaching and incidental teaching we help children progress toward their individualized goals. We have developed several levels of programming to meet the needs of each individual and their family, ranging from direct services to workshops for caregivers. Our methods are based on the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and reinforcement-based procedures which have been shown to improve communication, social skills and pre-academic skills of individuals with developmental disabilities. Our treatment team consists of highly trained board certified behavior analysts (B.C.B.A., B.C.B.A.-D.) at the masters and doctoral level and licensed psychologists.

Common referral concerns:
  • Functional communication training
  • Developing vocal skills
  • Increasing social skills and conversational skills
  • Pre-academic skills and school readiness (e.g., on-task behavior, time in seat)
  • Assessment and treatment of mild-moderate behavioral issues that impact learning
  • Toilet Training
  • Parent Training needs
  • Participation in IEP Meetings

Program offerings

The Language and Learning Clinic offers seven distinct services.

Workshops: Various educational workshops for caregivers are offered on-site, which cover topics ranging from Understanding Autism, to General Behavior Management, to Teaching Social Skills. The workshop series is repeated several times throughout the year. Learn more about our workshop offerings.

Language Assessment Clinic: In this clinic, we administer the Verbal Behavior-Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), a curriculum guide and skills tracking system for individuals with developmental delays.  The VB-MAPP assesses current language and social development, identifies potential barriers to learning, and assists in providing recommendations for educational placements or IEP goals.

Caregiver Consultation: Caregivers can receive consultation services and parent training to address specific goals, such as IEP development and planning, improving parent-child interactions to improve language skills and play skills, and managing mild to moderate behavioral concerns such as noncompliance or tantrums. Admission typically last between 5 and 16 weekly one-hour sessions and addresses individualized needs related to language and social development.   

Community Autism Program (CAP): CAP is a 12-week, manualized treatment program that may occur in the home or clinic setting. At least one caregiver attends weekly sessions with their child to learn and apply basic behavioral assessment and management strategies, as well as teaching strategies to address caregivers’ goals.

1:1 Home-Based Program: A therapist will provide intervention services in the home, day care, or school setting. Sessions are scheduled 2 to 5 days per week. Intervention focuses on language and skill development, and addresses mild to moderate behavioral problems that interfere with learning. All services are provided by a behavior data analyst or clinical specialist in a 1:1 format.  Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist, master level board certified behavior analysts, or doctoral level consultants.

1:1 Clinic-Based Treatment: As part of the LLC: Clinic-based program, a therapist will provide daily, 2-hour intervention services in the clinic. Intervention focuses on language and skill development, and addresses mild to moderate behavioral problems that interfere with learning. All services are provided by a behavior data analyst or clinical specialist in a 1:1 format.  Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist, master level board certified behavior analysts, or doctoral level consultants.

Group Instruction Program: This program focuses on social interaction skills and preparing children for a classroom setting.  Children attend the clinic for up to 5 days a week for 3 hours each day.  Therapists provide 1:1, dyad, and small group intervention.  Language development, peer interactions, and classroom structure are the primary focus.  Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist, master level board certified behavior analysts, or doctoral level consultants

Referrals

If you are interested in having your child evaluated by our team, you must obtain a physician referral and complete the steps to make a new patient appointment.