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    Understanding the Benefits of Early Autism Detection

    Last updated 9 days ago

    In previous years, children were not generally diagnosed with autism until they were already in their toddler years. Now, thanks to ongoing research in the area, experts can detect some of the potential signs of autism in children as young as six months of age. Generally, a formal diagnosis won’t be made until 18 months of age. Receiving a diagnosis this early in life offers clear benefits for youngsters and their families. If you suspect your child may be developing atypically, schedule an appointment with his or her pediatrician right away. Depending on the results of a screening, you may be referred to an autism specialist for further evaluation.

    Intensive Behavioral Intervention

    The importance of the early detection of autism cannot be overstated. It is quite typical for a family to spend several months, if not longer, after a diagnosis looking for local services and resources. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner autism therapy can begin. Autism specialists can develop an intensive behavioral intervention program for youngsters. Generally, this program involves at least 25 hours of therapy per week. It can be difficult for children to undergo this level of therapy once they already have other time commitments, such as school. During these sessions, the autism specialist can help the youngster improve his or her social skills, communication abilities, self-care skills, and other key functions. When youngsters improve their functioning at a young age, the overall outcome is generally more favorable than it otherwise would be.

    Kindergarten Readiness

    When children begin working with an autism specialist before they are old enough for school, they are much less likely to fall behind the rest of their class. Autism therapy can help prepare children to become receptive young learners who function well within the class environment.

    Families can access intensive, individualized intervention programs at STAR of CA to help their youngsters improve communication, self-care skills, and other areas of functioning. Our autism specialists also provide comprehensive parent training, family support services, and school-based services. If you wish to arrange an evaluation with an autism specialist, please call (805) 804-5671. 

    STAR of CA Behavioral and Psychological Services and CAUSE Are Teaming Up

    Last updated 13 days ago

    STAR of CA Behavioral and Psychological Services and CAUSE (Center for Autism Understanding, Support, and Education) are partnering together to provide a 14-week parent support group that offers both emotional support and education on topics of interest that address family needs that extend beyond ABA services.

    The Parent Support Group is held Mondays from 10-11 a.m. at 4880 Market Street, Ventura

    Topics include:

    ·        Understanding autism

    ·        Stages of grief

    ·         Navigating services

    ·        Parents as effective interventionists

    ·         IEP process

    ·         Community outings

    ·        Incorporating family and friends

    ·         Fading services

    ·        Planning for the future

    ·         Self-care

    Participation in the parent support group is free of charge!

    For enrollment and information please contact Hannah Cardona at:

    Cell: (805) 501-9929 or email hcardona@starofca.com

    Essential Steps for Preventing Wandering

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Any child may wander away from his or her family. However, among children with autism, the problem is particularly prevalent. Children with autism who wander are at an increased risk of life-threatening encounters, such as traffic accidents and drowning incidents. Those who are non-verbal or have limited speech abilities may not be able to get help. Prevention is crucial for protecting children with autism. The first step parents can take is to work with an autism specialist.

    Working with an Autism Specialist

    By working with your child’s autism specialist, you can identify your child’s unique challenges and learn which triggers may cause him or her to wander. Many children with autism are hypersensitive to external stimuli, such as loud noises or crowded rooms. Often, they wander in an attempt to find a more peaceful environment. Or, your child may display an obsessive interest in a particular subject area, such as trains. He or she may see some train tracks and wander off to investigate them. By knowing these triggers, you can exercise heightened caution in these scenarios to prevent your child from wandering off. It’s also helpful to let first responders know if your child may head for the local train tracks in the event that an incident does occur.

    Preventing Wandering from Home

    Many families of children with autism install home security systems, such as deadbolts installed above the reach of a child. However, in an emergency situation such as a fire, these may not be ideal. Other parents place printable versions of stop signs on the interiors of all doors and windows. Then, the youngsters are taught never to cross those stop signs without a family member present.

    Preventing Wandering from School

    Meet with your child’s teachers, administrative staff, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to discuss incidences of past wandering. Make sure your child’s IEP states that he or she should never be left alone. You may also wish to attach a GPS tracking device to your child’s belt when he or she goes to school.

    At STAR of CA, our autism specialists work closely with family members to fully evaluate their needs and develop effective strategies. Our intensive programs based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help your child reduce or eliminate challenging behaviors such as wandering. If you have any questions about our approach to autism therapy, please call (805) 804-5671.

    Join STAR of CA and CAUSE for a 14 Week Parent Support Group

    Last updated 28 days ago

    STAR of CA (Support for Treatment for Autism & Related Disorders) and CAUSE (Center for Autism Understanding, Support, and Education) are partnering together to provide a 14-week parent support group that offers both emotional support and education on topics of interest that address family needs that extend beyond ABA services.

    The Parent Support Group is held Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. at 4880 Market Street, Ventura

    Topics include:

    ·        Understanding autism

    ·        Stages of grief

    ·         Navigating services

    ·        Parents as effective interventionists

    ·         IEP process

    ·         Community outings

    ·        Incorporating family and friends

    ·         Fading services

    ·        Planning for the future

    ·         Self-care

    Participation in the parent support group is free of charge!

    For enrollment and information please contact Hannah Cardona at:

    Cell: (805) 501-9929 or email hcardona@starofca.com

    Join Us For Our Parent Support Group!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    STAR of CA (Support for Treatment for Autism & Related Disorders) and CAUSE (Center for Autism Understanding, Support, and Education) are partnering together to provide a 14-week parent support group that offers both emotional support and education on topics of interest that address family needs that extend beyond ABA services. Location of the parent group will be at 4880 Market Street Ventura, CA 93003 and each session will run approximately 50 minutes.

    Topics include:

     

    ·        Understanding autism

    ·        Stages of grief

    ·         Navigating services

    ·        Parents as effective interventionists

    ·         IEP process

    ·         Community outings

    ·        Incorporating family and friends

    ·         Fading services

    ·        Planning for the future

    ·         Self-care

    Participation in the parent support group is free of charge!

    For enrollment and information please contact Hannah Cardona at:

    Cell: (805) 501-9929 or email hcardona@starofca.com

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STAR California, a division of Support and Treatment for Autism and Related Disorders, provides Psychological and ABA Services to children and families in home and community settings. This division does not provide school-based educational services.
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