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The Center can work through Medicaid, private insurance, and private funding, and we are committed to helping you find the most affordable treatment option for your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about funding options or regarding Medicaid or private insurance. We are here to help!

Our Treatment Options

Intensive In-Home Therapy

Intensive in-home therapy treatment is considered twenty hours per week or more of direct treatment per week for six months or more.  Each therapy shift will typically last two to three hours, which is divided between teaching around the house (natural environment training, NET), structured teaching (intensive table teaching, ITT) and community practice.  During each shift, the therapist will also need time to review notes, set up the teaching environments, and document progress toward goals.  The Center’s goal is to maximize direct intervention hours while maintaining quality supervision.

Post-Intensive (Non-Intensive) Services

Post-intensive in-home therapy is considered anything less than twenty hours per week, or in other words, anything less than intensive in-home therapy.  If this option is right for your child, the Center staff will meet with families on a case-by-case basis to decide on the best post-intensive treatment strategy.  The amount of post-intensive intervention time varies based on many factors, including:  the level of intervention a child still requires, the amount of time a child is in school, the amount of waiver money and other funding sources available, and the family’s short and long-term goals for their child.  Post-Intensive therapy also includes our Social Communication Therapy Class (SCTC) as well as our Friends and Fitness program. 

Pre-Intensive Therapy Package

The Center staff will meet with families on a case-by-case basis to decide on the best pre-intensive treatment services.  A treatment team and Program Supervisor are assigned to each family to implement the personalized intervention plan. Each team receives consultation and supervision from Tamara Kasper MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA.

Premium Consultation package (5 weeks)

This consultation package is designed for pre- and post-intensive clients who are seeking specific consultation regarding an area of concern as identified by the parent such as:

Natural Environment Training    Bilingual Instruction
 Play and Leisure Skills   Activities of Daily Living      
 Speech Production Skills    Community Skills
 Sign Language Instruction    Behavior Intervention Plan
 Direct Instruction Curriculum   Functional Communication Training

This package includes three hours per week of treatment from a highly trained Program Supervisor with extensive experience.  In addition, three hours of direct consultation from Tamara Kasper MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA, Lead Therapist, and ongoing indirect support is also included.  The “Mini-ABLLS” will be completed and a report with detailed goals and strategies will also be supplied.  Provision of services based on availability of personnel skilled in the area to be targeted as well as a review of a video of the child          

Individualized Consultation/Treatment Program Child Specific

The Center also offers individualized treatment options, workshops and trainings.  These services are individualized to meet the needs of your child and may include direct intervention and/or  training/consultation for parents, schools, and other agencies.  Training topics may include:

Natural Environment Training   Bilingual Instruction
Play and Leisure Skills   Activities of Daily Living
Speech Production Skills   Community Skills
Sign Language Instruction   Behavior Intervention Plan
Direct Instruction Curriculum   Functional Communication Training

Social Communication Therapy Class (SCTC)

Social Communication Therapy Class is a unique social skills opportunity offered by The Center.  Children who currently receive services through The Center and other children who meet specific language and behavioral prerequisites are invited to participate in this group.   Once the children are identified, a social skills survey and/or the social skills sections of The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R), The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and/or The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) is completed by parents and/or Center staff.  Social Skills Assessment results obtained are used to design the class curriculum and target skills. A pre-intervention assessment of the selected target skills is completed with the participating children.  The class is initiated by presenting the children with the task of interacting with each other to identify rules.  The class meets for 6-8 weeks and culminates with a post-intervention assessment with feedback to parents regarding progress.

The group is designed and led by Tamara Kasper, Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.    The group consists of 5-12 children with ASD or other social deficits.   Classes are held once per week for 1. 5 hours. Line therapists assist in data collection for participants.

Instruction occurs via several methods.  A “top down”, teacher directed, direct instruction model with ample individual turns is used to gain mastery of new materials and concepts.  Following this exploration of a new skill, interactive role play or carefully designed activities provide an opportunity for guided practice using a Behavioral Skills Training Model.  Additional opportunities for realistic application are contrived through less structured play and application tasks.  Take-home or take to community assignments are also provided.  Past goals have included:  understanding tricky talk (figures of speech), whole body listening, making smart guesses, identifying expected and unexpected behaviors,  predicting the behavior of others, choosing role models to imitate, various conversational skills, self-advocacy, dealing with bullying, understanding complex emotions, coping strategies when upset and many other skills. Focus is placed on understanding how a child’s behavior affects others and how he or she can change how people feel and act by changing his or her behavior.  Specialized themes have been developed based on group needs including sessions on “Getting Ready for the Holidays”, “What to do and say with different people” (Adjusting behavior based on audience), “Working as a Team” and “Community Signs and Safety”. 

Language Prerequisites:

- Many spontaneous requests and requests for information and attention
- Complex, multiple word labels that include nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and emotions of self and others
- Ability to label or identify many different items when told their feature, function, or class
- Ability to talk about items not present including previous experiences 
- Ability to answer multiple WH questions regarding items present and absent including information about home and community
- Ability to answer multiple WH questions regarding books, videos, and actual situations
- Emerging ability to make simple inferences
- Ability to engage in short conversations of 1-3 exchanges with adults including both asking and answering questions
- Some math and reading skills

Behavioral Prerequisites:

- The value of toys and interaction with others outweighs the value of self-stimulatory behavior
- Ability to remain seated and generally cooperative for small group instruction without one on one assistance for 15 minutes
- Ability to wait for turn during discussion
- Ability to raise hand to volunteer or answer a question
- Ability to play with peers independently for 7-10 minutes without adult intervention

WHERE:  The Center for Autism Treatment, Inc.
    1496 W. Mequon Rd.
     Mequon, WI 53092

WHEN:    Wed 4:30-6 during the SCHOOL YEAR.
                  Wed 12-1:30 during the SUMMER. 

FEES:  

The social communication skills class may be billable through insurance or CLTS for some eligible participants.
Private pay options are also available.

For more information regarding fees or to set up a trial session, contact The Center at 262-689-3114.

Friends and Fitness

Friends of Fitness is a unique program offered by The Center for Autism Treatment in conjunction with Fanatics of Fitness, LLC.  This class has three primary goals: to improve social interaction/ social communication skills, to improve fitness, and to provide a supported bridge to further community integration.  The class is designed to enhance the physical, behavioral, and social language skills of children who demonstrate emerging motivation for social interaction and require specific, concentrated intervention to acquire social skills.  It is further designed for children who have basic imitation skills but require focused training to utilize those skills to improve coordination, strength, agility, endurance, and cooperative game skills.  Children who currently receive services through The Center or meet specific language and behavioral prerequisites are invited to participate in this group.  

The group is designed and led by Tamara Kasper, Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, in partnership with Jordan Semevolos, Athletic Trainer.  The group consists of 6-10 children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or other social deficits.  Members of the group are provided an opportunity to meet once or twice per week for units, which are 1-2 months in duration.  Friends and Fitness classes take place at the fitness studio of The Center for Autism Treatment located in Mequon, Wisconsin.  Classes are 1-1.5 hours in duration and meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday.  The Beginner or “Shorties” version of the class is one hour in duration.  Fitness programming includes:  fitness test, physical warm up, yoga, functional training/plyometric circuits (athletic training) and cooperative games or skills/drills and concepts needed for seasonal sports such as football, basketball, soccer, kickboxing, and other sports/skills.  Social skills and social language goals vary and are individualized for each participant, but may include: problem solving, negotiation, working together, understanding verbal and nonverbal cues used in sports training, good sportsmanship (cheering, encouraging, being a good winner (or loser), initiating with others and waiting for eye contact, recalling friend’s interests, learning to assess and join structured and unstructured activities, coping with loss/confusion/loud environments, predicting the behavior of a peer, identifying and rating personal level of volume, fatigue, like/dislike, speed during an activity, asking others about their feelings, offering assistance, and understanding language and figures of speech associated with sports.  This instruction consists of cartoon representations of social language goals, video models, guided practice with feedback, and contrived opportunities to practice skills through games, and contrived social problems.  The class is comprised of learners with autism and specially trained, typically developing peer models when available.  Community partnerships are facilitated via expert guest speakers and/or trips to relevant community locations   Past participants demonstrate dramatic progress in posttest assessment of social skills, motor skills, and sports facts.  Shadows are assigned on an individual basis as needed based on the social skills and motor skills of the learner.

Each child’s need for support will be assessed and the child may be accompanied by a Line or Senior, who is specially trained to facilitate social interaction among participants and collect data on social goals specific to each learner.  Pre and post session data is collected on fitness and social language targets as well as sports facts.     

Language Prerequisites for the Advanced Class include:
- Frequent and spontaneous requests and multiword requests 
- Ability to label items and actions and combine nouns and verbs to label with minimum of 200-300 word expressive vocabulary
- Receptive language skills which include receptive identification of items in a variety of situations, ability to follow instructions to do a motor task and noun-verb instructions
- Ability to imitate novel actions and specific words and phrases
- Ability to select or name items from a book or group of items when told feature, function, or class for greater than 50 items and can respond to Who? What? and Which? questions regarding feature, function, or class of items presented
- Verbally responds to more than 90 phrases or questions including what, who or where questions without items present.  This should include the ability to answer questions or fill in items regarding several age appropriate toys and activities
- Clear articulation or alternate functional communication system and beginning to emit 2-3 word utterances or sign/symbol combinations
- Engages in independent play or play with adults that does not require additional reinforcement beyond what is provided by the game (is automatically reinforcing).  Play skills should include: demonstrating functional use of toys (macro play), playing with toys in creative ways (symbolic play), playing toy sets (micro play) and playground equipment (sensory motor)
   
Behavioral Prerequisites for the Advanced Class Include:
- The value of preferred toys and socially mediated reinforcement outweighs the value of self-stimulatory behavior or plan in place to shape this behavior.  That is, the learner would generally play with a toy with an adult without self-stimulatory behavior if extra reinforcement is provided
- Generally cooperative during play with adults for at least 15 minute intervals
- Little or no aggression exhibited in the last 3 months
- Behavior plans in place to address problem behavior can be utilized in a variety of situation with less than a 15 minute interruption in therapy per session for the last 3 months

Language Prerequisites for the Shorties Class include:
- Independent requests to adults 
- Ability to label items and actions for a minimum of 100 word expressive vocabulary
- Receptive language skills which include receptive identification of items in a variety of situations and the ability to follow instructions to do a simple motor task
- Ability to imitate actions and words (can require prompting)
- Ability to select or name items from a group of items or pictures
- Intelligible articulation or alternate functional communication system for single words
- Engages in independent play or play with adults that does not require additional reinforcement beyond what is provided by the game (is automatically reinforcing) or when provided with a token system or DRO interval.   

Behavioral Prerequisites for the Shorties Class Include:
- The value of preferred toys and socially mediated reinforcement outweighs the value of self-stimulatory behavior or has a plan in place to shape this behavior.  Generally cooperative during play with adults for at least 5-10 minute intervals
- Behavior plans in place to address problem behavior can be utilized in a variety of settings.

WHERE:  The Center for Autism Treatment, Inc.
    1496 W. Mequon Rd.
     Mequon, WI 53092

WHEN:    Tues/Thur 4-5 (SHORTIES) OR 5-6:30 (ADVANCED) during the SCHOOL YEAR.
    Tues/Thur 12:30-1:30 (SHORTIES) OR 1:30-3 (ADVANCED) during the SUMMER. 
  
DATES:    Your child may attend one or two sessions per week, with a minimum of 4 sessions per month.
 
FEES:  
The social communication skills portion of the class may be billable through insurance or CLTS for some eligible participants.
The registration and fitness portion of the class is billed through Fanatics of Fitness, LLC. 
Private pay options for therapeutic support are also available.

For more information regarding fees or to set up a trial session, contact The Center at 262-365-9063.