ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital Autism Early Learning Program
AUTISM EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM
The Autism Early Learning Program
The ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital Autism Early Learning Program offers intensive behavioral services for children with Autism from diagnosis to 6 years. Developed in consultation with the Cleveland clinic's Autism Center, this early childhood program operates full-day and year round with strong parental involvement and a low student-to-staff ratio. Each child's program is highly individualized with 1:1 interventions at first, followed by small-group settings as the student progresses. Tailored instruction focuses on communication, behavior, play, socialization and developmentally appropriate skill acquisition. Parent training and participation are mandatory.
Evaluation and Treatment
Our specialists, including consulting psychologists, behavior analysts, speech pathologists, behavior therapists, and consulting physicians provide the following services:
- Initial and ongoing evaluations
- Speech and language services
- Behavioral/educational consultation
- Functional behavior assessment
- Behavior therapy and consultation
- Intensive behavioral intervention
An individual program is developed for each child, depending on his or her needs. All programs rely on current autism findings, with a strong focus on applied behavior analysis (ABA).
What is ABA?
Applied behavior analysis is a science that uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills. It works by reinforcing appropriate behavior while decreasing to eliminating interfering behavior. Opportunities for success are built into the program. Adjustments are made as children progress, helping them to function better in the world.
Certified special educators, speech/language pathologists, and center-based behavior therapists staff the Autism Early Learning Program. Ancillary services are available based on individual student treatment plans. All staff members have intensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Philosophy of Treatment and Care
The Autism Early Learning Program and consulting partners believe that all children deserve the opportunity to laugh and play and to become healthy, happy and productive adults. Children with autism require specially designed services and support to reach those goals. We strive to meet their needs by:
- evaluating and providing intervention services as early as possible
- providing accurate, up-to-date information about autism treatment
- giving access to research-supported treatment and education, and
- partnering with families to improve the lives of their loved ones with autism.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the costs? Who pays for services?
The Autism Early Learning Program is a tuition based program. Tuition can be supported by scholarships, insurers, school districts, charitable agencies, private pay, or other sources. Some services (particularly diagnostic evaluations or center-based behavioral therapy) may be covered by your health insurer. Outside agencies or school districts also contract for our services. Check with your health plan for specific coverage information.
Is there medication for children with autism?
Some children with autism benefit from medications for specific symptoms. We work with consulting physicians regarding medication when appropriate.
Can special diets or vitamins help?
To date, solid research supports behavioral interventions as an effective method of improving function in individuals with autism. No other treatments have been validated to the extent of behavioral intervention.
Where is the program located?
The Autism Early Learning Program is located within the Autism Center, at 2040 W. Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43606 (download map). The Center is also home to our partners from the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism including Harbor, iTAALK, Self-Reliance Center and Special Kids Therapy.
When you call the Autism Early Learning Program, a member of our staff will ask you for information to understand your specific needs. If we believe we can help you, we will schedule an appointment for you with the appropriate professional. If we are unable to assist you, we will provide other suggestions or referrals.
Phone (419) 291-7080
FAX: (419) 480-5901