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Cultivate Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month

To celebrate Autism Acceptance Month, Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education hosted its inaugural Autism Awareness and Acceptance Walk on April 3rd. Over 150 people signed up from across the country to run, walk, or hike wearing BLUE to shine a light on Autism acceptance. In the process, our participants helped raise donations for the Autism Society, which is a network that annually supports 600,000+ individuals and families through education, advocacy, information & referrals, support, and by building community. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and helped make our first annual walk/run event a success! 

Additionally, Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education is proud to have coordinated the donation of over 500 pounds of canned, dry goods, and diapers to multiple local food pantries across the nation, including the San Antonio Food Bank, Tinley Park Food Pantry, Mid-South Food Bank, and more. Partnering with local food banks and collecting donations encourages our communities to get involved in the fight to end hunger. Everyone’s support puts wholesome food on the tables of hungry children, families, and seniors. Thanks to all the generous donors who participated in our Autism Acceptance Month Food Drive! 

Cultivate provides individualized ABA services to children and adolescents in their homes, our learning centers, and throughout our community. We incorporate play and motivation to make socially significant changes in the lives of every child and family we meet. This means we celebrate autism and embrace the diversity it adds to our community. We are here to support each child in a way that gives them the tools to navigate the rest of their lives in a meaningful and independent manner.

Our team is dedicated to providing resources to better serve you.

If you or someone you know could benefit from our services and resources, please share this post. If you are currently seeking an ABA provider, contact us today to connect with our Community Outreach Team.

The ABC’s of ABA Therapy (A through F)

Cultivate provides individualized ABA Therapy services to children and adolescents in their homes, our learning centers, and throughout our community. We incorporate a naturalistic approach to ABA and focus on making socially significant changes in the lives of every child and family we meet.

This means we celebrate autism and embrace the diversity it adds to our community. We are here to support each child in a way that gives them the tools to navigate the rest of their lives in a meaningful and independent manner.

We also aim to provide resources to better serve the entire family. In this post, we’re sharing the first in our ABC’s of ABA Therapy series. Explore a variety of free resources on our website including: blogs, parent trainings, ABA Funding guidance, and sensory craft activities on our social media.

The ABC’s of ABA Therapy

A is for Activities on Sensory Processing

Sensory processing is our brain’s ability to interpret stimuli from our environment. We gather information about our environment through the use of our senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Activities for sensory processing are developed to stimulate these senses. Our Pinterest page is full of craft activities you can do with supplied from around your house!

Visit our Pinterest Page here!

B is for Books and Blogs on Autism Support

Let Cultivate be a resource to you and your family in the New Year. Click here to find the most popular and informational books on Autism.

Cultivate offers many free resources to the community, including parent trainings and support groups, guidance on insurance and diagnostic processes, and referrals to other community services through our Community Outreach team. Many of these resources are available on our website or through contacting your local Community Outreach Coordinator.

C is for Crisis Management

A crisis occurs when immediately available resources are not enough to de-escalate an unsafe behavioral situation. When a situation like this begins, changes to the environment and additional external support may be necessary.

As a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, the thought of Crisis Management may seem like a task too big to handle. Cultivate is here to help. A team of Registered Behavior Technicians in our Apprenticeship Program put together this informative presentation in our Parent Training series.

D is for Data Collection

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach for creating significant positive behavior change. In our daily work, as clinicians we collect data on a variety of behaviors.

Learn more about the types of data our clinicians collect and how it’s used in ABA Therapy in our new blog: “Let’s Look at the Data!”

Above all, we keep in mind that we are working with and supporting an individual who is more than numbers and every individual’s path in unique.

E is for Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI)

Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) are ABA programs designed for young children diagnosed with autism. They involve 20-40 hours per week of direct therapy. Children usually start these programs by the age of 3 and receive services for 2 or more years.

At Cultivate, our goal in our EIBI programs is to prepare children to transition into a more traditional school setting with minimal support. So, we focus on social skills, communication, and “learning to learn” skills like listening, transitioning and waiting!

Check out our Getting Started page to learn more.

F is for Family Services

Are you, or a someone you know, caring for a family member with an autism diagnosis? Join us every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm Central for our free virtual ASD parent and caregiver support group, hosted by Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education! This parent/caregiver support group is free and open to the community.

For more information, visit our Family Services page.

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Where Your Child Learns Matters.

Our new website makes it easy to search on a national, state, or city level. Find the programs offered and accepted insurances at each clinic location. Helping you navigate the autism treatment journey. Fill out an intake form to start the conversation.

Helping you navigate the back to school journey

Cultivate is dedicated to working with our families as they take on the unique challenges of heading back to school this year. Our team is excited to help you navigate this journey!

This month, we are thrilled to share information on our caregiver support services, back to school resources, and upcoming events.

Back to School Resources

As we start a new academic year, parents, families, and teachers are facing uncertainty. Deciding between in-person classes, distance learning, or even homeschooling gets even more complicated when a child has a disability. Many parents have questions right now about their child’s IEP and how their child’s rights are being honored during these uncertain times.

Luckily, there are many great resources out there helping ensure children are receiving everything they can from the public school system. Click on the links below to learn more.

SPEDhomeschool.com

Partners Resource Network

101Advocacy.com

IEP Education Services

Strategies for Helping Your Kids with Learning this Year

  • Have a fidget or sensory box
  • Request 1 on 1 Zoom meetings
  • Use a wobble chair
  • Give extended times for homework
  • Let your child turn off the Zoom camera and listen if they need to
  • If learning over Zoom isn’t working, ask the school what the “continuum of placement” is that’s available in your school district.

More Resources

Looking for more resources? Visit our COVID-19 page to view a collection of ABA-At-Home activities for you and your family.