Recent studies suggest that 1 out of every 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with Autism. As this population rapidly grows and research struggles to find a cause, the need to provide a comprehensive service is more evident.
Advances in neuro-developmental research have allowed us to better understand how crucial the role of affect is in early development. Based on this knowledge, we have become better able to provide a service that would assist in optimal brain connectivity and therefore, optimal overall development.
Keeping in mind how important affect is in development, the role of the family is also crucial. We encourage and support parental involvement for families to adopt the tools to help their children. We recognize, however, that in order for parents to participate actively, their own mental well being is very important. Whatever the family may be experiencing emotionally regarding the challenge of the child will impact the relationship with the child. Therefore, we acknowledge and care for the mental well-being of the caregivers, the patient becomes the family system rather than the individual child.
The old paradigm focused on modifying "maladaptive" behaviors . In recent years, however, we have also been able to learn from individuals in the autism spectrum and from the field of sensory integration that such behaviors are calming for their sensory system. We know that all behaviors have a purpose that need to be understood rather than merely eliminated. Based on this paradigm shift, our work focuses on reaching the highest potential and quality of life for the child and the family, while deeply respecting the specific needs of the child. We do not want to make anyone look "normal", we want our patients to be happy! Self-advocates have worked hard to move autism to a positive place, and we proudly join them and support their initiative.
In 2008, Children’s Relationship Center emerged as a new form of service provider based on this approach. We analyze the comprehensive profile and unique needs of the individual; accordingly, we adapt the way we relate to the child in order to foster highest level of development.