Autism Treatments

Effective therapies help children reach their full potential

Three convenient locations

When you find out that your child has a developmental disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you want to get your child the care they need right away. The Henry Ford Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) offers services at three convenient metro Detroit locations. Diagnostic services take place at the Henry Ford Medical Center – Hamtramck in Detroit. A variety of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services are offered at Henry Ford Medical Centers in Hamtramck, Grosse Pointe Farms and Southfield.

Applied behavior analysis therapy

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy encourages behavior change. ABA therapy is proven to increase communication and play skills in most children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities. Henry Ford ABA therapists teach children skills that help them at home, in the community and at school. Skills we target include:

  • Communicating needs and wants to others
  • Play and leisure skills
  • Feeding challenges
  • Personal hygiene, chores, dressing

Therapy designed for your child’s unique needs

Every child learns differently. CADD staff carefully evaluate your child and interview parents and other caregivers to determine your child’s unique social and behavioral needs. Staff then develop a custom program for your child.

Behavioral Health Treatment for Autism

Some children with autism may also have other psychiatric issues, such as severe behavioral disorders or engage in self-injury. In these cases, Henry Ford pediatric neuropsychologists work closely with staff at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities to treat and manage these conditions. Treatments typically include medication and therapy. Our approach to care is:

  • Evidence-based – We stay on top of the latest medication and treatment advances. We base our recommendations on treatments clinically proven to be effective and that lead to positive outcomes.
  • Patient- and family-centered – We involve the entire family at every step of treatment planning and decision-making.

About our teaching methods

Henry Ford’s ABA staff use a variety of teaching methods to improve social skills and decrease problem behavior in the children we treat.

  • Incidental teaching
    Incidental teaching happens when therapists recognize opportunities to teach your child a skill in the moment, or when they are doing other things. For instance, the child could be involved in group play that requires turn taking. The therapist then works on this skill with your child at that moment.
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
    Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a teaching method that breaks down skills into small parts. Individual skills are taught, and then may be added to more complex behaviors. Rewards are given when the skill is performed correctly to increase the chances that your child will respond the same way later on.
  • Generalization
    Generalization of newly learned skills means that CADD staff work to assure that your child keeps the skills they learn. The goal is that the child uses these skills when they are with other people and are in different places outside of therapy rooms.
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