We provide consultation and treatment for children who need assistance during meal times. Meal time training is another supplemental service offered to children receiving intensive ABA programming through CEAS.

Many children with autism engage in inappropriate behaviors during meal times. They may engage in food selectivity, consuming a limited variety of foods. Parents may find their child will only eat crunchy foods, hot or cold foods, or foods of a specific color, texture, or brand.

Selective eaters will strongly resist eating any non-preferred food and engage in disruptive behaviors like crying, tantrumming, or spitting out food. In some cases, self-injury may occur when non-preferred food is introduced. Other inappropriate mealtime behaviors include refusing to eat with the appropriate utensils or refusing to eat in an appropriate setting. These children may eat only with their fingers, refuse to eat at the table, or refuse to feed themselves.

Autism Therapy Chicago - Feeding ServicesOnce physical and biological causes of feeding behaviors are ruled out, treatment will begin with an assessment of the child’s problematic eating. We will assess the child’s food intake, as well as the variety of foods presented and consumed. Direct observation of a meal time is an important step in the process. Following the assessment, a detailed program based upon the child’s specific needs will be created and implemented by both the child’s therapists and parents. This structured program will proceed until the child exhibits appropriate meal time behavior.

We offer expert consultation to improve your child’s sleep habits. After medical issues have been ruled out, a consultant will gather information about the child’s sleep patterns, habits, and difficulties prior to any intervention by monitoring the child in their own home bedtime environment.

Autism Therapy Chicago - Sleep TherapyFinally, an individualized goal-oriented program will be developed and, if necessary, a consultant will remain in the home to monitor the successful implementation of the program.

We provide consultation for all children learning to use the toilet. For children receiving intensive ABA programming, toilet training is just one of the many self-help skills we successfully teach. This is a specialized, multi-step process that begins with careful observation and the development of a specific success plan.

Autism Therapy Chicago - Toilet TrainingTo begin the process, a consultant will interview the child’s parents to gather information. Then the consultant will meet with the parents to present a detailed toilet training program. Usually the consultant will stay with you and monitor the child’s progress for several hours on the first day of training. Parents may be asked to gather data on the training activities for as many as 10 days. These data allow us to adjust our strategies to maximize effectiveness, and minimize the time required to complete the entire toilet training process.

Autism Therapy Chicago - Individualized ABA TherapyWe design individualized, empirically based ABA programs for children with autism and other developmental and behavior disorders.

These programs address skill deficits across many developmental domains, including:

  • Language
  • Social and communication skills
  • Self-help
  • Play
  • Academic skills

We focus on teaching children functional skills to improve their quality of life using specific, research-based methods. These skills are broken into small steps and taught to mastery, with the goal of working toward more advanced verbal communication, reduced behavior problems, richer social interaction, and eventual success in the classroom and day-to-day life.

At CEAS, we are committed to providing the highest level of service to your child and family — children receive at least 20 hours of one-to-one therapy sessions each week by a dedicated team of our therapists.

Autism Therapy Chicago - Individualized ABA TherapyThe results of an in-home ABA program are dramatically improved when parents carry out interventions outside of the therapy sessions. An integral part of our program includes educating and teaching parents proactive and effective procedures that promote positive behavior change in their child.

By teaching parents positive child management strategies, a child’s progress can be amplified and change will occur at a more rapid pace. Many parents with and without a child on the autism spectrum benefit from learning behavioral child management strategies.

For children who are oppositional or noncompliant with instructions, more intensive parent training is required. A consultant will meet parents in their home to describe and then model effective child management strategies.