The Center for Social Enrichment and Educational Development (“The SEED Center”) is the premier provider of Autism Services in Connecticut. We strive to create an effective and rewarding learning experience at our center, in your home, in your school or in the community. Our staff is experienced in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), parent training, and social skills services to individuals with autism and other related disabilities. As a leading provider of ABA therapy in the Stamford, Greenwich, and Norwalk, CT areas our team is composed of dedicated and driven Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Board Certified Assistant Analyst (BCaBA) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). We stand by our commitment to provide quality autism services for our clients across Fairfield County, CT. Contact our autism treatment center to learn more. ABA Therapy Services for the Greenwich & Norwalk, CT Areas Our treatment focuses on Applied Behavior Analysis, which is widely recognized as the single most effective treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In fact, ABA has been endorsed as an effective intervention for autism by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Surgeon General. Research studies on the effectiveness of ABA interventions found that in order for treatment to be most effective, the recommended hours of treatment for each individual must be completed. The ABA program begins by evaluating the child’s current level of functioning. This includes evaluating their communication, social, academic, and self-help skills. An individualized program will be created for each child based on the findings which may include: Positive Reinforcement Visual Supports Parent/Caregiver Training Discrete Trial Data Collection Prompting Re-Assessment Generalization Data Analysis In addition to our center-based services, The SEED Center provides in-home services to Stamford, CT, and all of Fairfield County. When choosing home-based autism services, children with ASD have the opportunity to learn and implement the skills they are shown in the comfort of their homes. This may include day-to-day activities and routines such as getting dressed and ready for the day, toilet training, bedtime routines, and more. Home services tend to differ from center-based services as center-based services offer a little more structure in a different setting away from their home. Since autism will affect your child in various environments, their learning should not be contained in one environment. Our autism treatment center believes using different locations for ABA therapy will help children with autism to generalize their behaviors and learn more effectively. Some common treatment components of ABA therapy include: Adaptive/Self-Care Skills Attention/Social Referencing Coping/Tolerance Skills Reducing Interfering or Inappropriate Behaviors Emotional Development Language/Communication Social/Family Relationships Pre-Academic/Play Skills Safety Skills In addition to our center-based services, The SEED Center provides in-home services to Stamford, CT and all of Fairfield County. Also, we offer social skills groups for various ages and provide parent training to best help individuals reach their full potential. See the What is ABA Therapy page. Social Skills One of the most challenging aspects of autism spectrum disorder is to understand social skills. Most people naturally learn behaviors, responses, and social norms without being taught, therefore, they can forget that those with autism need help learning. It can be difficult to pick up on social cues without assistance or intervention. Social skill programs are beneficial to learn greetings, feelings, and social behavior. For children, social skills help demonstrate how to behave in a variety of settings including, the classroom, playground, and at home. For older adults, social skills focus on social etiquette in public, the workplace, at home, etc. Social skills are important to help a person with autism maintain relationships, engage in conversations, get a job, and become independent. At The SEED Center serving the Stamford and the surrounding areas, we offer Social Skills Groups for all ages that meet weekly with a registered behavior technician under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The team works together to create a teaching plan that focuses on key skills that can be targeted in social skills groups. The progress of each participant is measured during each session. Our Social Skills Groups for adults allow them to learn and practice an array of social skills in a safe, supportive environment. Many adults with autism require direct instruction in order to learn and generalize social skills. Our groups incorporate age-appropriate, evidenced-based practices that focus on skill development and learning to think socially. Participants will practice skills in-group and increase their social confidence to take their skills “on the road” at home, post-secondary school and work. Group members participate in fun and engaging activities to learn the skills necessary in social interactions, including: Conversations Skills Assertiveness and Self-Advocacy Initiating and Maintaining Friends Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Relationships/Dating We are now enrolling for our Spring and Summer Social Skills Groups! If you are interested, click on the link below and fill out the questionnaire-someone will reach out within 2-3 business days via email to set up a phone consultation! Click HERE to be taken to our Social Skills Group application! Parent Training at Our Autism Treatment Center in Stamford, CT The SEED Center provides the parents and guardians of our clients with support to help them gain valuable skills through being an integral part of services. We help customize services throughout the Greenwich and Norwalk, CT areas around each family’s unique situation. Parent Training is offered to ensure parents are educated on their child’s programs, progress, etc. Additionally, we provide Parent Training to teach parents how to utilize ABA methods at home, so that efforts are consistent across environments. Parents, family members, and others play a significant role in the success of ABA intervention. Anyone that interacts with an individual with autism needs to use ABA strategies to ensure that the efforts are consistent in every environment, including the home. Having supportive family members and friends who consistently use the strategies of ABA will provide the necessary support for the individual. School Consulting Our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) utilize evidence-based practices and interventions with students to modify behavior and increase language, communication, social, independent play and self-help skills. Consulting services may include: Conducting assessments including Verbal Behavior Milestone Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) Conducting Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and developing a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) Developing ABA instructional programs and creating materials to enhance skills acquisition Consultation on individual students or to a classroom of students to address behavioral, social, academic and daily life skill needs Staff training and development in areas of instructional methodology, curriculum development, social skills training, and communication. Workshops are individually tailored to the needs of the school district and participants. Hands-on staff training and modeling of strategies is provided within the classroom Direct ABA services including Discrete Trial Instruction (DTI) BCBA and RBT supervision Contact Our Autism Treatment Center At The SEED Center, we strive to make starting any of our autism services as convenient as possible. Call our autism therapy center today or fill out a request online and one of our clinical directors will be in contact with you. Learners should already have a formal diagnosis and evaluation prior to coming to The SEED Center. We will verify your benefits, formal autism diagnosis, and other supporting documents. After we will call to schedule an assessment to evaluate your child’s skill set, skill deficits, and how many treatment hours are needed. We look forward to working with you and your child.