Our Parenting program focuses on strengthening the caregiver/child relationship and allows opportunity for participants to examine their family values systems and family roles. Families qualifying for our parenting service participate in interactive sessions in which they learn appropriate and clear communication, anger management, and conflict resolution skills. Additionally, caregivers will be provided with referral support in connecting to appropriate community resources for job skill training, housing, social services, nutrition, healthcare services, etc. Caregivers participating in services will learn how to effectively acknowledge and provide support for their child’s feelings. Similarly, caregivers will learn to identify their child’s behavioral patterns and will learn to implement age and developmentally appropriate parenting interventions.
Check the site here for more info, BHS accepts medicaid.
With a mission to help all children reach their full potential, The Founders Center of Commonwealth Autism (TFC) operates programs at multiple sites in the Richmond area, serving individuals with a variety of needs. “Our ultimate goal is for children to receive services in the least restrictive setting possible. We frequently partner with other community programs to assist in achieving these outcomes,” explains TFC Director Courtney Vaughan.
The Founders Center has been a program of Commonwealth Autism since 2012. Their programs utilize Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide educational and behavioral services for children ages 2-22. This includes two Early Childhood programs at Clover Hill Christian Academy and All Saints Episcopal Preschool, a Founders Center Transition Program for youth ages 12-22, housed at their headquarters on Parham Road, a school-age educational program at Northstar Academy for children ages 5-12, and additional behavioral services for school-age children in multiple locations. Richmond House, a program for adults that offers residential and community supports, is also a program of The Founders Center.
Programming at The Founders Center for each child starts with an assessment of his or her needs. “We look at the educational and behavioral strengths and needs of each individual and design a service plan to meet their goals,” shares Emily Schwab, TFC Program Manager. “As their skills increase, we look for opportunities to practice these skills with typical peers.” TFC’s newest program in development is their Behavioral Services for school-age children. Supports within this program can be tailored to individual needs and may include part-time or full-time options in a variety of settings, including their current preschool program.
All programs offer rolling admission and are licensed by either the Virginia Department of Education or the Virginia Department of Social Services. Many behavioral services may be covered by insurance.
Beacon is a private testing and education consulting company. Johnathan Harris serves as the lead consultant. He along with his team have over 20 plus years of experience in the field of education, evaluations and collaboratively working with families.. We conduct education, cognitive, disability, and gifted assessments for students and adults. Our services also include assisting families and students to navigate the college search and application process. We provide a beacon of light for families seeking our services.
Dr. Cothran joined Pediatric Associates in summer 2017. She resides in Short Pump, Virginia, with her husband, Gregg. They were recently married in summer 2017 and are enjoying settling into life as newlyweds. Dr. Cothran completed her residency in Pediatrics at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. During her time at Duke Children’s, Dr. Cothran received the Appleseed Award for her mentorship and teaching of medical students. Dr. Cothran received her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine. She considers herself a “double Hoo” – she also received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UVA. Dr. Cothran is originally from Midlothian, VA, and she enjoys jogging, reading, biking, and spending time with her family.
My son just turned 9 and when he blew out his candle he closed his eyes and wished hard, his wish was for his eczema to go away. He has been itching his whole life. He suffers from chronic eczema. His battle has been huge. We have tried everything and our journey has been long and grueling. Instead of sharing the millions of nightmares I will highlight what I know!
Join us, on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm for a FREE workshop on the ABCs of Behavior. Registration is requested.
Most individuals with autism will display challenging behaviors at some point in their lives. Sometimes these behaviors are quite difficult to understand and address. When supporting people with autism and challenging behavior, it’s critical to understand the “ABCs” of behavior. Just as the ABCs of the alphabet are the beginning of learning to read and write, learning the ABCs (Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence) of behavior is the starting point of assessing and addressing challenging behavior and teaching new, desirable behavior. This training will explain these concepts and provide data collection tips and practical examples.
Well, it is here. September. The beginning of all things Fall. Fall is a great time of year and I look forward to so much that the season brings. Fall cooking, apple picking & pies, hikes and watching football on our couch.
I do not transition well to the routine again and the calendar of school, schedules and stuff. I would be lying to you,(and I can’t do that)if I told you I was excited for our son to be starting High School. In fact, we had his orientation this week and although I was really pleased with the efforts and communication of his new school, I had a rough day. His new school did a great job with scheduling, and if it is any indication of the year ahead, we will be AOK. Where I fell short, and “Autism” won, was looking around, watching the joy and excitement of all the others around me. The kids all spoke and planned and shared. Our son was not a part of any of that. No one sought him out, nor did he seek any. No one made any plans to get lunch or ask him his schedule. He didn’t ask either. I felt raw. I wanted to leave and I was struggling. Our son knows KNOWDifferent, if he does, he doesn’t say anything, so, the issue is mine, not his. What do I do? Besides cry to a few close friends and share with all of you here, probably nothing. It just hurts. I don’t write this for pity, but I think many of you will relate and those who are here to learn, well, you will feel the emotions here and that is ok.
I know it will pass and some days are just harder, this was one.
On August 13, 2017, River City Inclusive Gymnastics hosted DSAGR’s Adventurers social group. The afternoon was full of excitement as athletes of various skills and abilities tested their coordination, balance, and strength. The Adventurers group was comprised of about 7 children ages 6-12 . After a quick warm-up that included bear crawling, bunny hopping and hurdle jumping the group began working on basic gymnastic skills. These skills included balance, coordination, and strength training and were presented to each Adventurer as activities on part of an obstacle course. Jumping on the trampoline seemed to be a favorite activity as smiles could be seen from across the gym. Some of the other obstacles that the group conquered were walking on a balance beam, swinging on a rope, swinging on rings and climbing a rock wall. The Adventures ended their time at the gym with an action-packed game of baseball. The River City coaches were easily defeated by the awesome hitting of the Adventurers. After the baseball game, the afternoon ended with high fives, smiles and much needed water break.
Healing Sounds Music Therapy is excited to begin proving music therapy groups for the students at our Midlothian office! We are in the process of putting together the days and times that work best for groups. Below is information about the groups and the link to the survey about your preferred times/days of the week. The survey is anonymous and your answers will not have your name on them. This is simply to gather information for us to put a schedule together and begin to offer this service. We really appreciate your input! We are doing this for you, and we hope you’ll take a moment to answer this 3 question survey. Thank you!
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music for changing behavior, promoting wellness and improving the quality of life. Music Therapists are trained to use music therapy interventions to address a variety of goals to improve outcomes for children and adolescents with ASD and Developmental Disabilities.
To use music to learn social cues within a group of their peers.
To improve expressive and receptive language skills.
To engage in a variety of music therapy interventions for sensory integration.
To gain a variety of coping skills through the use of music therapy interventions.
To expand on existing academic concepts through the use of music therapy interventions.
To express emotions in a safe environment and utilize music as a mode of communication.
To enhance brain development by using evidence based music therapy interventions.