The concept of coordinated care centers on all the professionals supporting a child, and his/her family, working closely together to coordinate observations and the project plan across all the sectors of care.
Family Services + Diagnosis and Orientation
This sector includes a multidisciplinary team. It offers the diagnostic tools ADOS, Wechsler scales (IQ) and the PEP or Mullen tests. The questionnaires used are ADI, SCQ, SRS and Vineland. The professionals working here are trained for the use of these investigative tools. The diagnostic process takes one month and includes professionals from all sectors for observation, evaluation and the elaboration of a comprehensive individualized project for each child and his/her family. As a first step, the parents and child take part in a residential program that is designed to propose a professional, caring environment that ensures an orientation responding to the families specific needs.
The physical campus and sectors for therapeutic intervention are proposed within a diagnostic context, a “one on one” individual treatment setting, a family intervention setting, a group environment and a culturally dynamic setting providing artistic mediation.
Education, life and Social Skills
This sector offers a classroom environment providing specific tools for observing cognitive development. It is an important element in the diagnostic process also working within the residential Family Forum to promote social skills and autonomy, helping to propose solutions for basic individual needs. These different areas of activity provide essential clinical observations that can confirm diagnostic hypothesis, offering situational analysis and a more global vision to each child’s specific needs. As with all of the different sectors, it requires that the team communicate closely with their counterparts in the other sectors to ensure Coordinated Care.
Professional Orientation and Training
This sector offers a professional orientation and training that includes accompanying children in transitioning into jobs they choose and can do. These apprenticeships are done with support of the professionals at the center, working with the child to discover what they may like to do and then teaching them the skills to participate in that profession. The children will have opportunities to work in roles within the Center such as working at the Performing Arts Center (LEAP,) in the restaurants, the green house or externally with partner organizations who participate in the professional training program. Not every child will have the desire or abilities to participate. We will support every child reaching their potential, whatever that may be.
Research and Development
This sector is supervised by the Medical Research Director who works closely in collaboration with the Medical Director of the Diagnostic team. We promote research in the field of immunodeficiency and other possible complications in relation to autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our objective is to remain at the forefront of understanding autism spectrum disorder and how to best help children and their families.