Clinical Services

in partnership with UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation supports assessment and treatment through a multidisciplinary team approach.

 
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Neuropsychological assessments and treatment from a child neuropsychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, adaptive and learning disorders. Neuropsychological testing is completed across multiple session, up to 6-8 hours of testing. Assessments include a parent interview, in-depth parent feedback with recommendations, treatment planning, and a written report.

Developmental Behavior Pediatrics is the evaluation and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities by a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician who will evaluate, counsel, and provide treatment for children and their families with diagnoses including: attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional-defiant behavior, conduct problems, depression, and anxiety disorders. Includes medication management and prescriptions, if needed.

Speech-Language Pathology is the assessment and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders by a pediatric speech language pathologist. We focus on on early intervention, motor speech, social communication, and the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies. A speech and language evaluation includes the assessment of receptive and expressive language, pragmatic communication, speech sound production, and play skills. These evaluations occur at the Ackerman Center; however, treatment may be provided in a combination of environments to ensure carryover of specific strategies.

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an intensive early intervention for children with autism, ages 12 to 48 months. Its core features include play-based child-led activities, applied behavioral analytic strategies, sensitive-to-normal developmental sequence, deep parental involvement, focus on interpersonal exchange and positive affect, shared engagement with joint activities, language and communication taught inside a positive, affect-based relationship.

Dr. Mario Gaspar De Alba examines a patient at the UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center

Dr. Mario Gaspar De Alba examines a patient at the UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center

Group Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy: BUDS® (Building Up and Developing Social Skills) is designed for ages 6 – 12 with autism spectrum disorder and TeenBUDS® is designed for ages 13–18 (up to 22 years old, if enrolled in high school) with autism spectrum disorder that require additional age-appropriate support for social limitations. We offer clinical- and community-based programs to help your teen become more independent and develop social communication, play, and life skills in a nurturing environment.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is based on in-depth skill assessments to determine the excesses and deficits of each child, and triggers for any challenging behavior. One-to-one therapy sessions are conducted at the Ackerman Center, focusing on communication, language, play, and social development. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board-Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) oversees clinic- and home-based programming; direct implementation of services are provided by Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).

Daily Living Skills program addresses the Daily Living Skills needed to live a life of maximum independence for the individual with autism and other developmental disabilities and the family unit. Components of the program include: maintaining a household, caring for personal needs, buying and preparing food, buying and caring for clothing, recreation and leisure, choosing and accessing transportation, and navigating the community.