You have many choices for treatment of autism spectrum disorder at the NDC, so that you can find the approach that is right for you.

We have been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder – including Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder NOS, for over 25 years. We have seen many types of autism treatment come and go. We have also seen that some approaches to autism treatment have consistently helped our clients with autism spectrum disorder move forward in life – to interact better, show greater flexibility and emotional control, and generally cope better in life. We have come to rely on behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches. We also employ a developmental approach to helping with social functioning. This approach builds on the methods of Floor Time or the DIR approach of Greenspan and Wieder, the work of Gutstein, Prizant and colleagues, and Michelle Garcia Winner.

Social Connections Family Therapy

It’s not easy to raise children with autism spectrum disorder. They are in their own world much of the time. They do not really connect with you, or seek or even accept your guidance and care. They can be rigid and tense. Most have frequent meltdowns. Even though you may understand that these difficulties come from the autism spectrum disorder, there may be times when you find yourself sad, frustrated, angry, and guilty.

We can help. We will work together with you in family therapy so that you can use the many opportunities in your daily life with your child to help him learn to connect with you and others, become more flexible, and to stay calm and cope with life.  We will also help you to better manage the stress of parenting and to maintain a strong partnership and supportive social network. You are your child’s main guide in life. This social connections family therapy is a main form of autism treatment.

Friendship groups

Friendship groups at the NeuroDevelopment Center are not your typical social skills groups. We do not give instructions on specific social skills.  Kids with ASD don’t use skills learned this way in real life situations. The skills do not generalize. Just as important: having a skill does not mean you will choose to use it.

In our Friendship groups, we make sure the kids are having fun. Lots of it. We want to build their motivation to connect with peers. So we employ carefully planned enjoyable activities in which important social skills are needed to complete the activity. Then we coach the kids to use these skills in the course of the fun.

The groups are small. Usually no more than four kids, carefully matched for level of social competence.

Individual therapy

Adolescents and adults with ASD can be seen in individual cognitive behavioral therapy. This is not just “talking about your feelings”, but instead is focused on helping the client build and then practice useful skills and strategies for interacting, handling emotions, problem solving, and coping with the complexities of life.

School consultation

Our psychologists have been working with schools to implement best educational practices with students with ASD for over 20 years. Sometimes we are engaged by the school, sometime by parents. Our goal is to help build a robust collaboration between parents, students, and staff.

Neurofeedback: Cutting edge treatment backed by research and our experience.

autism treatment doing nfb w laptopsNeurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, harnesses neuroplasticity to directly train the brain to function better.  Early research has shown lasting benefit for social, cognitive, sensory, and executive function in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Our own research with this innovative autism treatment has shown that on average our neurofeedback clients with autism spectrum disorder obtain significant improvement in ten weeks time. Learn more.


Many individuals with ASD have difficulties with attention and working memory.Cogmed computerized brain training is a research-supported way to increase attention by improving working memory. With this online brain training program, there are a series of engaging working memory games and challenges. The challenges, like most popular videogames, get progressively harder as your skills improve. Cogmed Working Memory Training provides scientifically designed working memory exercise and practice. Just like physical exercise, it leads to improved skill and capacity. Repeated studies show lasting gains. Learn more.

HRV biofeedback

Most individuals with ASD are vulnerable to sudden and very intense emotional reactions. They get so rapidly upset that it is very hard to stay in control. HRV biofeedback provides an easy and very concrete way to see how bothered you are and to see what strategies help you to reduce arousal and get calm again. A simple sensor on your ear or finger picks up your heart beat. The computer analyzes the interval between heart beats, which has been found to be a good indicator of stress. During HRV biofeedback sessions we will help you learn to relax your muscles and your mind, reduce negative or anxious thought patterns, and learn to slow and regulate your breathing. Once you learn the techniques in sessions in our office, you can also use inexpensive software at home to build your ability to recognize when you are bothered and rapidly regain your calm.

Social coaching

autism social coachingIt is not easy to help kids with social deficits learn how to interact better with peers. But it is especially hard to give this help from a therapy office that is far removed from peer interaction. To be the most helpful, you need to be present when the social interaction is happening. To help best, you need to do it live, from the sidelines, like the coach in sports, observing as it happens. But this is not how therapy usually works. Therapists work in their quiet offices and their clients tell them about what happens outside of it.  Some professionals use groups, but the kind of lessons learned in structured groups do not always (or even often) transfer well to the confusing messiness of real life with peers.

Several years ago, we decided we would no longer accept these limitations. So we developed a social coaching program using paraprofessionals. We train and supervise the social coaches who go out with the clients into real social situations and coach them live.  We have worked with a number of adolescents and college students using this approach, and have seen faster and more substantial progress than through the usual methods of autism treatment.

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You can schedule your first visit with one of our psychologists to begin on your path forward. Contact us to provide some basic information so that we can select the right professional to address your specific concerns.
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