Many young men at Liberty Point Behavioral Healthcare are diagnosed with autism in addition to intellectual disability. Under the guidance of our clinical director, a licensed professional counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, we offer a trauma-informed approach to autism treatment that utilizes Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS).
ABA is a treatment modality empirically proven to be effective with children who have autism spectrum disorders. ABA services alongside other teaching methods can help youth learn new skills such as self-care, communication and social skills, while reducing behaviors that interfere with their ability to learn.
Residents diagnosed with autism or lower adaptive behavioral skills typically reside on a small unit designed for those who may require a less stimulating environment. Youth in this program may struggle with hypersensitivity to external or internal stimuli, or simply do better in small group settings. It is not uncommon for these young men to require a 1:1 educational aid or assistance with basic activities of daily life.
Often, youth at Liberty Point have had exposure to trauma. We recognize the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences and understand and respond to the effects of all types of trauma. We emphasize physical, psychological and emotional safety for our residents, helping them rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis are infused into the design, staff training and programming throughout our residential programs.
Liberty Point Behavioral Healthcare is unique in our ability to provide creative programming for individuals needing specialized services. We work closely with families and referring professionals to accommodate needs typically beyond the scope of psychiatric residential programs in the state. We have partnered with clinicians in our local community at times and created highly individualized and successful programs for youth who have vision or hearing loss.