IEPs at School

Many children with autism, even high functioning children, can benefit from a well-written IEP; however, there is a lot of misinformation regarding Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). IEPs are a written, legal document that describes specific goals and accommodations that will help your child have a more successful school experience. An IEP should be detailed with you, the guardian, as the primary director, along with educators and independent counselors (if necessary), of what is included in the IEP. The IEP, in many cases, is the only document that defines what the school, teachers, and school administration should do to assist your child in school. The IEP process can be perplexing – even for schools. Your child may be entitled to many different accommodations.

For more information on the IEP process, please see the links below:

Autism Therapy using ABA

Life Strategies offers several Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy options for children and adolescents across the autism spectrum, including HFA (High Functioning Autism)/Aspergers:

  1. Blooming Potential Early Intervention Program (ages 2.5 – 7)
  2. Full-Time ABA Program (2.5 – late teen years)
  3. Part-Time ABA Program (available as recommended, all ages)
  4. After School ABA Program (school age)

Our  ABA autism therapy can occur in-home and/or in our Blooming Potential Autism and Learning Centers. ABA  can occur in-home or in one of our centers, or a combination of both. Life Strategies’s Blooming Potential Autism & Learning Centers are located in Chesterton, Schererville, and South Bend, Indiana.

ABA therapy is most effective when delivered 25-35 hours per week. Therefore, children can receive therapy throughout the week both in-home, in-center, and in schools as appropriate and recommended. Life Strategies’s ABA Program is designed to help families and children receive the number of ABA hours that maximize the therapy benefits, therefore, therapy is offered in more than one setting.  Generally, children receive the best results with frequent, dense, and consistent ABA therapy that occurs across multiple environments. The best ABA programs offer the therapy in a variety of settings.

Please contact us for more information regarding the ABA Programs offered.

Social Groups

Life Strategies offers social skills groups and after school ABA programs.

Social Fun is a group that helps children navigate social situations with peers through fun activities. During the group time, experienced therapists assist children to communicate and practice social and friendship skills.

Social Skills Rock is a social skills therapy group for children and adolescents with special needs. Social Skills Rock is facilitated by a Music Therapist and a Behavioral Therapist. Children and adolescents are engaged in themed music activities and social activities to encourage skills such as sharing, manners, communication, and making friends. This active group meets one Saturday per month.

Please contact us if you would like more information on our Social Skills Groups.