The NAVE Language Center- ASD Clinic

The Language Center is a program for children with Autism spectrum disorder and related communication and social pragmatic disorders. The program is available for preschoolers through elementary school. The services include comprehensive assessment and intervention for receptive, expressive and pragmatic communication challenges. Children typically receive intervention twice weekly during the fall and spring semester. During the summer semester, group programs are provided that focus on building communication and socials skills in peer interactions. The treatment methodology of Enhanced Milieu Teaching in conjunction with visual strategies is used to facilitate communication development.

The Positive Eating Program (PEP) is designed for children with behavioral and sensory based feeding challenges including children with and without specific medical diagnosis. The goals of the program are to increase food awareness, decrease anxiety to new food textures and types, provide consistent and appropriate mealtime behaviors and for comprehensive parent training and collaboration to facilitate generalization of new feeding behaviors across context. Additionally, participation in cultivating a vegetable garden exposes children to different sensory experiences and foods. The program is appropriate for infants to elementary school and meets one day per week for 2 hour sessions. A program for older children is being developed.

The Summer Language Institute is a "day camp program" for children with a variety of academic, language or social needs. The program is available for 6 weeks; meeting four days per week from 9:00-2:00. Each week a new theme is explored with individual participants goals addressed during art, music, play, book reading and experimental activities (science and math). A variety of community based activities are provided that facilitate learning of goals in new ways. Weeks are available for children 3 to 8 years and 8 to 12 years.

Parent Training Programs
Parent training programs provide parents and caregivers information on and training in building speech and language skills through their daily routines and are offered several times each year.

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