We strive to ensure that parents feel empowered and competent in guiding their child’s development and that each child develops a sense of self-worth and learns to value relationships with the significant people in their lives.
What makes us different at VHAP?
- We perceive Autism as an information-processing disorder that interrupts a child’s ability to engage in and enjoy shared experiences.
- We focus on remediation of core deficits involving experience sharing, reciprocal emotional communication, flexible problem-solving and creating episodic memories.
- Our staff implement specific interventions that address activating neurological pathways to promote dynamic intelligence.
- We facilitate the integration of a child’s capacity to process emotions, memory and critical thinking to connect meaning to experiences.
- Parents are considered the essential change agent in participating and driving the intervention team to support their child’s strengths and challenge their areas of weaknesses.
- We emphasize experience-sharing communication as a means for children with Autism to learn to share what is relevant in their lives.
- In our social skills groups, we bring children and parents to collaborate and work together with siblings and peers to engage in learning ways for social reciprocity.
- We believe children should develop a sense of self to find their place in the social world.
- It is important for us to address the individual needs of the family as well as the identified child through supportive counseling services.