ABA THERAPY FOR AUTISM, ASPERGER'S AND ASD
AUTISM, ASPERGER'S, DIAGNOSIS AND ABA THERAPY
The Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic is a DSS (Previously FaHCSIA) Autism Panel Provider
Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD, PDD NOS are Functional Disorders requiring expert Diagnosis, Biomedical assessment and treatment, ABA therapy and family support. The Clinical staff of the Behavioural Neurotherapy clinic and associated Health Professionals are committed to investigating and treating the many possible Biomedical and Physiological factors that underpin Autism Spectrum Disorders. We are committed and passionate about investigating and treating the possible underlying causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders. In line with international best practice recommendations, the clinic uses a multidisciplinary approach to assessment and intervention, drawing from current research in the areas of Psychology, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Genetics, Medicine, Nutrition, Neuroscience, and Microbiology. To this end we have introduced Pivotal Response Treatment.
AUTISM VICTORIA (AMAZE)
Autism Victoria (Amaze) is the designated Autism Advisor for the state of Victoria, while the Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic is a DSS (previously FaHCSIA) Autism Panel Provider. The clinic provides assessment and early intensive intervention (ABA based Therapy) for children with Autism, as well as providing the necessary parental support and training.
The root of the word autism is from two Greek words: "autos" which means "self", and "ismos" which means state of being. The combination "autism" is meant to describe a "self-absorbed state of being". The Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of disorders with common deficits in three key areas: Communication, social interaction and imaginative thought and play.
Autism is defined by a list of behaviour criteria set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) of the American Psychiatric Association. The criteria is used to define subtypes of Autism in what has become known as "Autism Spectrum Disorders" (ASD). The word 'spectrum' reflects the fact that no two people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder behave the same. At the least affected end of the Autism spectrum diagnostic labels such as "Asperger's Syndrome", "High Functioning Autism" and "Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified" (PDD-NOS) are used. At the more impaired end labels such as "Autism", "Classic Autism" and "Kanner Autism" are used. Read more...
Autism is not diagnosed through any specific diagnostic laboratory tests. The diagnosis of Autism is based entirely on observation and classification of behaviours and does not take into account the underlying causal factors. A multi-disciplinary assessment is usually recommended for a diagnosis. At the Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic, younger children are assessed by a team of Allied Health Professionals, who will provide information that will enable parents to make educated decisions about our ABA program and Biomedical treatment approaches. For older children, teenagers and adults, a psychologist experienced with Autism Spectrum Disorders usually makes the diagnosis. We prefer to provide a diagnosis as early as possible preferably from approximately 18 months through to three years of age, to allow for early intensive intervention.
Evidence-based assessments for Autism in the areas of:
- Social, communication and Self-help skills
- Learning difficulties and Educational needs
- Behavioural concerns, Anxiety and depression
- Attention deficits
The assessment process may include:
- Comprehensive parent interviews and direct formal and informal observations
- Tests of cognitive, social and adaptive functioning
- Feedback session outlining assessment results and recommendations
- Written report with details of strengths and weaknesses
Although there are no single specific causes identified in the aetiology of Autism Spectrum disorders, there are published scientific theories that Autism may be caused by a cluster ofgenetic polymorphisms which express themselves when interacting with nutrient deficiencies to create less than optimum cell structures. These in turn can potentially cause multiple dysfunctions in systems in the body. Environmental toxins may then further compromise these systems resulting in the range of health and behaviour deficits seen in the Autistic population. Read more...
Studies and clinical experience have shown that Children with ASD often have a restricted diet and poor gut and bowel function, affecting their nutritional status; they have also been shown to be more prone to Oxidative stress and Methylation problems than typically developing children. Studies also reveal that our modern diet is depleted in key nutrients, all of which combine to affect brain function. The clinic provides biomedical assessments to investigate individual nutrient deficiencies, and recommends dietary changes and nutritional intervention that may improve gut function and symptoms. The investigation of possible underlying causal factors at the clinic, based on biomedical tests, provides evidence supporting a scientific model that leads to treatment protocols designed to address nutrient deficiencies and gut dysfunction. Read more...
The Clinic's approach to ABA Therapy is entrenched in learning theory and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). We use a well researched form of ABA Therapy developed at the University of California in Santa Barbara by Professor Robert and Lyn Koegle. The "Pivotal Response Treatment" method of ABA Therapy grew out of ongoing research and is extensively published, In our opinion, it is the most efficacious and cost-effective method of early intensive intervention to modify Autistic behaviours and provide family support. The Clinic provides training to parents and carers in ABA therapy and Pivotal Response Treatment interventions Read more...
Studies and clinical experience have shown that Children with ASD often have a restricted diet and poor gut and bowel function, affecting their nutritional status; they have also been shown to be more prone to Oxidative stress and Methylation problems than typically developing children. Studies also reveal that our modern diet is depleted in key nutrients, all of which combine to affect brain function. The clinic provides biomedical assessments to investigate individual nutrient deficiencies, and recommends dietary changes and nutritional intervention that may improve gut function and symptoms. The systematic Biomedical and Nutritional treatment protocols used at the clinic attempt to redress food sensitivities, cellular malnutrition, Leaky Gut, heavy metal toxicity, methylation and other metabolic problems that may underpin Autism or exacerbate symptoms. Read more...
Neurotherapy is a Clinical Neuroscience technique for training the abnormal "Brain Electrical Activity", associated with attention deficits, towards normal. After ABA Therapy and Biomedical (diet and nutrition) interventions have resulted in sufficient gains, Neurotherapy may help to improve Attention Deficits and Learning Difficulties and improve general brain connectivity and improve function. Read more...