Autism Development Solutions
Autism Development Solutions provides customizable consulting services—from assessment and research to the complete formation of a center for autism—to bring world-class, evidence-based autism treatment to your institution and community.
Early childhood education
Infant and Toddler and Preschool Services
Our early childhood program is a full-day, center-based, intensive behavioral program serving children from age of earliest diagnosis through age five. The program focuses on teaching communication, play, socialization, and developmentally appropriate skills. We offer parents a variety of opportunities for coaching, including a lecture series and guided classroom and home visits.
The Center for Autism offers an integrated part-time preschool program for children with high functioning autism three full days per week. The classroom allows for up to 10 children with autism and 5 neuro-typical children. The program will focus on building communication, play, social interaction, and Kindergarten readiness skills.
Outreach and consultation services
An initial diagnosis or second-opinion includes a 90-120 minute autism evaluation with a psychologist using evidence-based assessment tools and rating forms completed by parents and teachers.
Children age three and older who present with autism or suspected autism, as well as medical concerns (i.e. seizures, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, psychopharmacology are evaluated by a team of professionals in order to determine the most appropriate treatment. There are two inter-disciplinary clinics:
- Children presenting with concerns of autism, language deficits and medical concerns of chronic constipation, very limited food preferences and/or medication questions will see a team, which includes a pediatric psychologist, neurodevelopmental pediatrician and speech pathologist.
- Children presenting with concerns of autism, language deficits and medical concerns of epilepsy or possible seizures, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, and/or metabolic disorders or children with autism who had significant regression after age three will see a team including a pediatric psychologist, neurologist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist.
Functional behavior assessments
The primary goal for each autistic child is to increase the child’s functioning and independence to the fullest extent possible. The center’s programs are created in consultation with parents, center staff, and autism experts, and are based on an educational and behavioral philosophy that focuses on the individual needs of each student.
All aspects of life are aggressively targeted, including:
- Academic skills
- Adaptive life skills
- Leisure/physical activity
- Pre-vocational/vocational skills
- Transition to adulthood
Lerner School for Autism
The state-of-the-art Lerner School for Autism is the centerpiece of the 20,000-square-foot Debra Ann November Wing at our Hospital for Rehabilitation Campus. This chartered, non-public day school, certified by the state of Ohio, serves students from diagnosis to age 22. Staff includes:
- Board-certified behavior analysts
- Certified intervention specialists
- Classroom behavior therapists
- Pediatric psychologists
- Speech/language pathologists
Our educational program emphasizes research-supported autism intervention, based on the philosophy and interventional techniques of ABA. The Lerner School provides:
- Full-day, year-round program
- Highly individualized programs
- Low student-to-staff ratio
- Strong parental involvement
- Tiered levels of instruction
Outpatient Therapy – Rocky River
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism, Rocky River is an outpatient clinic serving children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a community based clinic located in the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.
The following therapies are available at the Center for Autism, Rocky River outpatient clinic:
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Focuses on improving communication, articulation, use of social language, and where appropriate, alternative communication methods
- Speech therapists are trained in Applied behavior Analysis (ABA) and use behavioral techniques in therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Focuses on fine and gross motor skills important to everyday functioning, including school and home tasks
- Occupational therapists are trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and use behavioral techniques in therapy
- Behavior Therapy
- Focuses on improving communication, pre-academic and academic skills, daily living skills, and social skills.
- Parent training is available and considered a key component to successful intervention.
For more information about Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism, Rocky River services, please call 440-895-2020.
Social SPIES Program
We offer formal training on social thinking concepts for children with high functioning Autism/Asperger’s Disorder. There are three major components to this program:
- Social skills training occurring during the school year. Children meet once per week for 20 weeks to learn social thinking concepts leading to friendship development.
- Summer treatment at a local inclusive camp. After receiving the social skills training, children are paired with a behavioral coach and attend a summer camp for 6 weeks in order to generalize their skills into a more natural setting.
- Parent therapeutic/training groups. While children attend their groups, parents also attend a group. Parents attend 22 training sessions from October-July. Group sessions teach parents ways to increase generalization of their child’s targeted skills in the home and community setting. Parents learned the necessary skills to maintain behavioral change in their child(ren).
Children typically sign up for the program during the summer, with the program beginning in the fall and lasting for 10 months. Children who have successfully completed the first three components of the program may be eligible to participate in 2 or 3 booster sessions the following school year.
Training for parents and siblings
The infant/toddler (ages 0 to 3 years) program offers a combination of in-home and center-based therapy. Its focus is on communication, behavior, play, socialization and developmentally appropriate skill acquisition.
Parent Group Therapy
Dr. Thomas Frazier, II provides parents with up-to-date information on ASD, emphasizing associated problems and treatment. The group also provides a supportive environment for parents of newly diagnosed children or parents who are now re-accessing state of the art services for their children with ASD.
Our workshops cover a variety of topics including toilet training, basics of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and others. Workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation Campus in the Debra Ann November Wing.
Register for workshops via the workshops page.