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    Actions to Take During a Crisis at Home

    Last updated 3 days ago

    When you’re facing a crisis at home that involves your child with autism, it’s not always clear what steps you should take. The important thing to remember is that help is available. This video explains more.

    During a crisis, focus on dealing with the immediate situation and not your behavior plan. It is okay if you have to abandon your plan to deal with the crisis, and then work on getting back on track in the future. Don’t be ashamed or afraid to reach out for help. If there is a local autism support group, turn there. If not, build a network of community members you can call on in a crisis. You may be surprised by the number of people who are willing to help.

    STAR of CA is here to provide California families with the evidence-based autism support they need. Find out how we can help your family by calling (805) 804-5671.

    Getting to Know STAR of CA

    Last updated 11 days ago

    STAR of CA was started out of the desire of our directors to provide autism support to people in our Los Angeles-area community. We’ve now grown beyond those borders and provide resources for people from San Louis Obispo to Orange, but one fact remains the same: we care about what is happening in these communities because they are also our homes. Our staff members are committed to using their skills to support the needs of our community members.

    STAR of CA was initially founded to offer comprehensive resources for people with autism spectrum disorders, or ASDs, as well as their families. We rely solely on evidence-based therapies to ensure our clients get the best possible results. We’ve now expanded our services to include community-based mental health support.

    If someone in your family is facing an autism spectrum disorder, find out how STAR of CA can help. You can learn about our autism treatment programs and more by calling (805) 804-5671 today. 

    Questions and Answers About Challenging Behaviors

    Last updated 18 days ago

    For a family of a child with autism, challenging behaviors can pose significant disruptions to the daily routine. One common question about autism involves the definition of challenging behaviors. Autism specialists generally define these behaviors as any that would reduce the child’s quality of life by limiting or preventing access to services and resources. These can include aggressive or self-injurious behaviors, in addition to repetitive routines.

    You can watch this video to hear more answers to common questions about challenging behaviors. This autism expert describes the importance of identifying the reason behind the challenging behavior before attempting to replace it with a more appropriate behavior.

    At STAR of CA, it’s our mission to provide comprehensive support to children with autism and their families. You can call (805) 804-5671 if you wish to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly autism specialists.

    Quick Autism Facts

    Last updated 24 days ago

    After learning that your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it can be helpful to ask his or her autism specialist for some recommended resources. Learning about your child’s developmental disorder and how you can help your child overcome barriers can empower your whole family. First, understand that autism affects each child in different ways, regarding both the types and severity of symptoms. For example, one child may be entirely non-verbal, while another may communicate at a level that is on target for his or her peer group. Work with the autism specialist to determine your child’s unique challenges.

    Next, it’s important to realize that although there is no known cure for autism, it is indeed possible for your child to live a happy and fulfilling life. Therapy techniques based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have been clinically proven to help children improve across various functions.

    The team of autism specialists at STAR of CA realizes that a diagnosis of autism can be an overwhelming life event. Give us a call today at (805) 804-5671 and let us know how we can support your family and help your child reach his or her full potential.

    Understanding the Benefits of Early Autism Detection

    Last updated 1 month 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. 

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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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