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CENTERSTONE AUTISM SERVICES THINK! LEARN! EXPLORE!
For over 50 years, Centerston has provided community behavioral health services in Southern Illinois. Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives.
Centerstone has seven locations in Southern Illinois. They include the Alton, Carbondale, Marion and West Frankfort areas. Centerstone offers skilled counseling, psychiatric and medical services, substance abuse treatment, and services for adults with developmental disabilities.
In May 2019, Centerstone launched Centerstone Autism Services: Think! Learn! Explore! (CASTLE), an intensive, evidence-based therapy program for children between the ages of two- and five-years-old who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
CASTLE can help with a variety of challenges faced by children diagnosed with ASD including developing complex language and social skills (e.g., engaging in conversations with peers), completing daily living skills (e.g., toileting), learning age- and developmentally-appropriate academic skills (e.g., reading and writing), as well as decreasing challenging behaviors (e.g., aggression, non-compliance).
“At Centerstone, we understand that no two children are the same, so our services are individualized and based on the identified strengths, needs, and priorities of clients and their families,” said Marty D. Price, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with Centerstone and the Behavior Analytic Program Manager.
Goals are determined based on a comprehensive assessment of the child’s current skills and deficits and may include skill domains such as the development of age-appropriate academic and daily living skills, development of social skills and language, or behavior reduction.
“We believe in delivering care that changes people’s lives,” Price said.
Prior to beginning CASTLE therapy, a BCBA will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the child’s current skills and deficits. Language and behavioral assessments are used to identify potential causes for a child’s challenging behavior, as well as specific skills or general skill domains that should be targeted for improvement over the course of treatment.
Services will be provided in-clinic through a one-on-one format with a therapist or behavior analyst from the child’s treatment team. The BCBA assigned to the child’s case will create an individualized treatment plan for the client.
“At Centerstone, we consider parents and caregivers a vital component for client success. Our goal is to provide ongoing support to our families, in addition to teaching valuable new skills that they can use to implement components of their child’s programming within their everyday lives,” Price said.
Centerstone’s clinic-based service model includes ongoing support for parents and caregivers, as well as frequent parent training. Parents may receive a variety of trainings related to their child’s programming including but not limited to addressing behavioral concerns, implementation of the behavior plan, teaching activities of daily living, language and communication training, and providing learning opportunities in-home.
CASTLE is located at 402 East Plaza Drive, Suite #5, Carterville. Currently, CASTLE is accepting private pay and commercial insurance clients. For more information, call 855-608-3560. Read more about CASTLE.
Courtesy of Centerstone.org. To learn more about CASTLE and other services provided by Centerston got to www.centerstone.org
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