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Intervention Services and Consultation

For more information about any of our services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our clinic.

Intervention Services

Clinicians at VTAC provide a range of intervention services including:

  • Individual Counseling & Intervention Services
  • Social Skills Groups/Playdates
  • Pivotal Response Treatment

Individual Counseling & Intervention services are focused on developing behavioral, emotional and social skills. Children, adolescents, and adults often benefit from individual skills training. Individual services are intended to increase the ability to function successfully and adaptively at home, in the community, school or workplace. Many individuals with ASD may benefit from individual psychotherapy targeted at developing satisfying and stable social relationships, coping with anxiety and anger, and social problem solving.

Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) uses behavioral strategies to target core areas of intervention in ASD, such as motivation, to produce widespread improvement in communication, social interaction, and behavior. Intervention services are provided through a parent education model, in which the parent is considered to be one of the primary agents for intervention. The primary goal is to provide parents with an empirically validated approach that can be used throughout the day. PRT techniques are used for language, communication, socialization and behavior problems. These techniques can be implemented at home, at school and in the community - wherever the child goes. PRT typically consists of an initially intensive period of intervention (usually approximately 25 hours, across several weeks), followed by booster or maintenance sessions.

We will hold PRT parent training groups throughout the Fall 2017 and Spring of 2018. Please contact vatechPRT@gmail.com for additional information and/or any questions.

PEERS for Preschoolers

WHY: The PEERS for Preschoolers program is a parent-assisted social skills intervention for young children with ASD who are having difficulty making and/or keeping friends.

WHO: Parents and Children with ASD ages 4 to 6

WHAT: The group consists of 16 weekly sessions that are 1.5 hours in length. There will be a simultaneous parent and child group and joint interactive play at the conclusion of each session. Topics covered include asking for and using friends' names, how to greet friends, how to share and take turns, and giving parents the tools for social coaching their child. 

Where: Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) Blacksburg, VA 24061

Please contact p4pvt2016@gmail.com for additional information and/or any questions.

 

Consultation

Our staff and faculty are available to consult with parents and schools about educational accommodations and coping with academic difficulties related to ASD. We also provide education and training about ASD to community professionals and health providers, including information about early detection and intervention. We can provide information to your school, work setting, mental health organization, health agency, or parent/teacher group.