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Program Features for Residents with Autism

Program Features for Residents with Autism

Program Features for Residents with Autism

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 autism treatment that utilizes Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS).


Philosophy of Care for Residents with ASD:

Liberty Point provides a research based educational program to children and adolescents identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including other co-occurring conditions. Our caring and well trained team of professionals truly values that every individual has unique gifts to share with their community and that each resident’s potential must always be nurtured.

Liberty Point is a warm and inviting place for young men to learn and grow. Our highly structured, intensive learning environment is individually tailored for children and adolescents identified as having an autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities; and that are in need of a more specialized setting.

Liberty Point shapes each resident’s experience and strategic interventions in order to precisely measure and document increased quality of life indicators (independence, self-care, recreation/leisure, choices, friends/family, accomplishments, productivity, meaningful work and employment, academic achievement, language abilities, social development and behavioral functioning. Each patient in our care has an interdisciplinary team of professionals looking after their experience. The interdisciplinary treatment team includes a nurse, clinical director, board certified behavior analyst, education director/principal, special education teachers, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, and most importantly parents and guardians. Through a strategic alliance, this partnership works collaboratively to improve each patient’s abilities and assist them in overcoming their challenges so that they may live a more independent and comfortable life.

Goals for Residents with ASD

  • Increase each student’s Functional Independence
  • Facilitate Development and Learning
  • Improve Socialization
  • Enhance Communication
  • Increase Academic Functioning
  • Reduce Maladaptive Behaviors
  • Educate and Support Families and Reduce Family Distress
  • Successfully Transition to the Community (School, Home, Work)

Liberty Point’s Features for Residents with ASD:

  • Small staff-to-resident ratios
  • Structured teaching and programming with a focus on Predictability, Routines and Visual Schedules
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Techniques (Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Training)
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) & Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Generalization of skills across multiple environments
  • Social Skills instruction delivered throughout the day
  • Direct academic instruction delivered by VADOE certified and highly qualified teachers
  • Scientifically based curriculum focused on each resident’s learning style
  • Technology assisted learning
  • Sensory integration interventions
  • Individual, Group & Family Therapy
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech and Language Therapy
  • Medication Management

Evidenced Based Practices

The school program at Liberty Point prioritizes the use of evidence-based practices to create an environment that fosters IEP treatment intensity, fidelity, and generalization. A combination of ABA and relationship-based approaches allows consideration of social, sensory, communication, and behavioral factors that can be tracked to identify progress and effective strategies for the future. The unique contribution of the program to long-term successful outcomes is related to the ability to apply evidence-based practices, in combination with one another, observe the responsiveness of students to these interventions, and to begin training to generalize success across environments. When these interventions are unsuccessful in meeting IEP and treatment goals, the team is compelled to look beyond evidence-based practices to evidence-supported practices, with the intention of eventually moving back toward evidence-based practices whenever possible. The needs of children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD, the possible functions of challenging behavior, and the combination of triggers and conditions that maintain them, are together too diverse to design any single program applicable to all residents. Potential variations on these interventions are also too numerous to list but please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Always Here to Help

We are available at 540-213-0450 and 800-496-7941. You may also submit questions and concerns through our online form, which we will answer within 24 hours, Monday – Friday. If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.