When the parents of children with autism reach out to Springbrook, it’s often only after trying to do it all for years. Trying to balance work, life, and child care—trying to balance caring for other children in the household along with the demands of caring for a special needs child. Trying to hold it all together while a child struggles with acute, self-destructive or maladaptive behaviors. Our staff understands that when parents come to that moment when they realize they need outside services and support, they feel conflicting and complicated emotions.
Perhaps you’re one of these parents, one of these families, and you’re facing this very difficult decision. You might feel a strange mixture of hope and fear, you might feel some relief mixed with an inexplicable sense of failure, or you might feel completely numb. Whatever you’re feeling, it’s alright to let go and lean on someone else for a change. The Autism Program at Springbrook Behavioral Health hires only compassionate, confident, specially-trained staff members who treat each child as a unique and important individual.
Through our personalized, evidence-based treatments and therapies, we work patiently to help each child achieve some level of success and self-sufficiency outside of the program. Our holistic approach emphasizes education, overall well-being, ongoing progress, and family involvement, so we encourage visits, phone calls, and family counseling in addition to our regular autism therapy programs. Ultimately, our goal for children with autism is not that different from the goals of any behavioral or mental health center: To help the patient build a routine and manage the symptoms of the condition through therapy, diet, exercise, and medication.
Our Comprehensive ABA Program Treats Behavioral Issues Associated with Autism
Springbrook Behavioral Health offers treatment programs for behavioral problems that are linked to autism. The Autism Program at Springbrook is a goal-oriented treatment plan designed to minimize the self-destructive behaviors that are often seen in children with autism and related diagnoses. At the core of our program is Applied Behavior Analysis—a discipline that uses evidence-based interventions to improve socially significant behaviors. Some of the interventions of our successful ABA program for children with autism include visual schedules, play therapy, story-based interventions that ask students to imagine themselves in social situations and plan ahead to decrease anxiety, peer training, modeling behaviors, and teaching joining techniques. All of our interventions are both comprehensive, meaning we maintain a low teacher-to-student ratio and work intensively in a variety of settings, and naturalistic, meaning that we provide a naturally stimulating environment, model play, communication, and good social skills, and allow time for child-initiated interactions. Ultimately, the goal of our program is not merely to eliminate an undesirable behavior but to equip children with autism with the tools they need to manage themselves and become more flexible, spontaneous, and adaptable to social situations.
Certifications & Accreditations
The Joint Commission (TJC)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business(SDVOSB)
Together We Can Find Hope and Healing
The dedicated staff at Springbrook is driven by a singular purpose: To help every child who comes into our care overcome the maladaptive behaviors associated with autism, becoming more self-sufficient, more social, and better equipped for life after treatment. We understand that children with autism, and their families, need professionals who can offer strong guidance, personalized support, and patience on the journey.
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