Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. According to the CDC, in 2018, 1 out of 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 1 out of 37 are boys and 1 out of 151 are girls. While the causes of the disorder are still being determined, there are genetic, environmental and cultural markers associated with ASD. Brain Harmony Occupational Therapists specialize in delivering the highest levels of outcomes with our therapeutic interventions when compared to traditional therapies such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), pharmaceuticals and brick and mortar therapy centers. We have witnessed children stagnated and regressing in development, who are then able to communicate, perform on standardized testing, make and sustain friendships and attend traditional schools. Our modalities and home based programs are changing the state of the brain and neurological system with rarely witnessed outcomes such as:

“Our son has been non-verbal his whole life and was diagnosed with Autism when he was very young. He was 25 years of age when we started with Brain Harmony. Within several weeks of their programs, he not only said his first words, he said a complete sentence “I WILL GO IN THERE!” My husband, myself and our nanny all heard it and looked at each other in shock. Shock then turned into unimaginable JOY.”

iLs Autism Study

The purpose of the study was to examine the effectiveness of the iLs Focus program with 18 children, ages 4-8 years of age, with ASD. Results found significant gains in areas of social skills, emotional regulation, and overall functional adaptive behavior skills per the Spiral Foundation in Boston, MA.

 Results found significant gains across multiple subjective and objective outcome measures in areas of:

  • social skills and emotional regulation;

  • quantity and quality of atypical and problem behaviors including behavior during treatment;

  •  number and severity of autistic behaviors; and overall functional adaptive behavior skills;

  • visual, fine and gross motor skills including body functions and motor planning;

  • auditory listening skills.

Effect sizes* of significant outcomes ranged from d = .28 to 1.45 with over half of the outcomes having effects of greater than .50 indicating the majority of outcomes demonstrated rather large, easily observable positive changes. Improvements in social skills on the Social Responsivity Scale were particularly notable with large significant effects in the areas of social awareness (d = .88), social cognition (d = 1.04), social communication (d = .98), autistic mannerisms (d = .77) and total score (d = .96). Overall, results demonstrated that the effects of the iLs program were significant, of generally large magnitude, easily observable, and sustained throughout the post-intervention baseline.


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