Palm Beach County, FL
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Sheryl Rosin, PhD. is committed to providing a full range of Diagnostic, Treatment and Consultation services to children and families with ASD.
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Autism Spectrum Disorders Assessment
When parents initiate contact with the Center regarding a concern that their child might have an autism spectrum disorder, the first step typically is a telephone interview. Parents will be asked a series of questions about their child's history and current behavior. A formal assessment instrument may be used as part of the telephone interview to screen for developmental delay, including the characteristics of autism.
The results of this initial interview might lead to an invitation for the child and parents to come to the Center for an autism diagnostic. This diagnostic will involve the administration of one or more autism diagnostic instruments and a formal parent interview.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic
Next, the child will be observed engaging in play and interacting with the Center clinicians. During this observation, autism assessment and standardized diagnostic instruments will be completed and the child will be observed for the autism criteria specified in the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Diagnostic instruments used by the Center are considered to be the gold standard in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. These instruments consist of, but are not limited to: Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS), Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS). In addition, nonverbal/verbal IQ, and speech and language assessment will be conducted. Based on the results of this autism diagnostic, children will be referred for treatment as appropriate. Total evaluation time generally runs between 3.5 hours in length.
Children with a confirmed autism spectrum disorder diagnosis may be eligible for services by the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders without a diagnostic by our staff.
If a child comes to the center with a current ASD diagnosis, an evaluation to assess their current speech and language abilities can be conducted. This evaluation generally runs between 1 to 1 and a half hours in length. A full assessment of the child's speech and language abilities will be made with recommendations to improve overall communicative functioning.
After assessment and diagnostic, children typically begin therapy with individual sessions to develop and address their social and communication goals. Children will receive training from a certified speech-language pathologist with specialization in autism spectrum disorders. Sessions may be up to 30 minutes initially, and then progress to 60 minutes or more.
Goals of these first sessions are to identify effective instructional techniques that can be used to promote learning for individual children. Their individually determined goals in therapy will be based on principles of the DIR/Floortime or SCERTS models. For more information on these assessment and intervention models please visit their websites at floortime.org or scerts.com. In addition, intervention will incorporate visual schedules to aid the child in transitions and structure, as well as use the picture exchange communication system (PECS) to enhance functional communication skills. For more information about PECS please visit pecs.com
After children make progress in individual therapy, they may be considered for group treatment a.k.a. P.A.L.S. for P.A.L.S. program (Pediatric Autism Learning System for Pragmatic and Language Stimulation) to encourage and support social interaction. In this setting, children will have the opportunity to learn language and social skills while interacting with other children and the clinicians. Children who attend group treatment may also receive individual therapy to supplement and complement group activities conducted.
Consultations and Other Services
- Parent Support Groups
- School Observations and Consultations (IEP planning)
- Parent Consultations
- Professional Consultations
- Video Consultations
- Home Visits
- Nutrition Therapy