Every individual with autism faces unique challenges and every family affected by autism needs reliable support and expert guidance. Our team of professionals at the Center for Autism understand these challenges and customize services and treatment for each individual. In addition to our intensive, in-home ABA-based instruction, the Center for Autism encompasses a range of services for diagnosis, behavioral interventions and treatment.
Alpine Learning Group offers a full range of clinical services, providing a continuity of quality care unmatched in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Autism Screenings and Consultation
We offer a one-hour screening for children ages 12 months to 48 months who are at-risk for autism or whose parents are concerned about autism but unsure about what to look for. The screening includes a parent interview and observation of the child during structured and unstructured play-based activities. The goal of the screening and consultation is to provide families with a clear path for how to proceed, including referrals and recommendations, as well as our initial clinical impressions of your child.
If your child is already diagnosed with autism, we offer one-hour consultations with you and your child to evaluate treatment programs and to make recommendations regarding treatment goals.
We offer a two-day comprehensive assessment, conducted by a licensed psychologist, consisting of direct evaluation of your child along with parent/caregiver-based interviews. We conclude the assessment with a feedback session with parents/caregivers. Comprehensive written reports including diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations are provided.
Functional Behavior Assessment Clinic
At Alpine Learning Group, we analyze challenging behaviors through comprehensive functional assessments that focus on identifying the variables that make problem behavior more or less likely to occur. Our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts develops intervention plans, recommends skill acquisition programs to address challenging behavior, and provides training for family members and treatment teams.
Focused Behavior Treatment Clinic
Our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts will assess situation specific problem behavior - for example, difficulty visiting a doctor or dentist, getting a haircut, toilet training, or tolerating specific sounds - and develop short-term, intensive treatment plans to resolve the behavior. The team focuses on training parents and care providers to implement and maintain the treatment plan.
Individualized Skill-Based Assessment Clinic
We provide comprehensive, individualized skill-based assessments grounded in best practice assessment tools and keen evaluation of current home/school programs. Comprehensive written reports are issued following assessments to recommend individualized skill acquisition programs for use in both school and program placement decisions.
School Sourcing Services
Alpine's experts will guide you in the critical task of finding the right school to match your child's educational, developmental, and behavioral needs. Staff will observe your child in his or her current placement, visit prospective schools, and work closely with you and your school district to find the right school for your child.
Young Adult Transition Assessment Clinic
Our Adult Transition Assessment Clinic provides individualized assessments of essential skills for adulthood, including self-care, vocational, leisure, community integration and social skills. A comprehensive report will document both your child's strengths and those skill areas to focus on to ensure a successful transition into adulthood.
Public School Consultation Services
Alpine now offers public school consultation for a wide variety of district needs. Our professionals observe and provide recommendations for students placed in inclusion settings, assist with the development of in-district ABA-based autism classrooms, provide functional behavioral assessments and program recommendations for individual students who exhibit behavior challenges, train district personnel and support staff in ABA-based inclusion practices, assess classrooms to ensure they meet state-of-the-art research-based standards, and provide on-going consultation to individual students and autism programs.
Parent Training and Education Program
Alpine's expert clinicians offers families reliable, up-to-date information about proven, science-based treatment for their children with autism. The program is centered on comprehensive, in-home training services aimed at helping parents address problem behavior and promote language and social skills.
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment that includes a thorough intake, roughly 6-8 hours of face to face testing, and feedback. A detailed report is also provided at the time of feedback. A behavioral observation can be conducted at an additional cost and usually lasts 45-60 minutes. Efforts to obtain feedback from relevant parties (i.e. teachers, therapists, psychiatrists etc.) are always made with parent consent.
Testing includes an in-depth assessment of an individual’s intellectual functioning (IQ) and academic skill sets that include reading, writing, math, and language abilities. Moreover, extensive evaluation of neuropsychological part functions such as attention and executive control (i.e. planning, organization, task initiation, inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility, working memory, etc. ) is also conducted. Any concerns in mood and socio-emotional functioning can also be explored for stronger diagnostic clarity.
Please note that all testing batteries are tailored to meet each individual’s unique needs. In sum, parts covered can include:
- Memory (such as rote memory and learning, visual spatial memory, verbal memory)
- Visual-spatial functioning
- Executive functioning
- Behavioral control
- Adaptive Skills
- Mood and personality
- Social Functioning