Discovering that your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be an overwhelming experience. For some, the diagnosis may come as a complete surprise; others may have had suspicions and tried for months or years to get an accurate diagnosis. In either case, a diagnosis brings a multitude of questions about how to proceed. Society’s understanding of autism is much clearer today than it has been historically. With appropriate services and supports, training and information, children on the autism spectrum will grow, learn and flourish, even if at a different developmental rate than others. Our goal is to provide intervention programs that are tailored to meet not only the needs of the ASD child, but also the needs of the family as a whole.
“People are valuable. Therefore, PCS exists to help children, adults and families discover their greatness.” This statement is more than just our mission, but rather a standard in all of our lives. We pride ourselves on living out our mission with every child and family we serve. Many members of our PCS family have been personally affected by ASD, including the family of our founder and CEO, Dr. Roy Smith. These personal experiences have given us unique and empathetic insight into the realities an ASD diagnosis brings to any family.
While there is no known cure for autism, there are treatment and education approaches that may reduce some of the challenges associated with the condition. Intervention may help lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach skills that allow for greater independence. But just as there is no single symptom or behavior that identifies individuals with ASD, there is no single treatment that will be effective for all children on the spectrum. Individuals can learn to function within the confines of ASD and use the positive aspects of their condition to their benefit, but treatment must begin as early as possible and be tailored to the child’s unique strengths, challenges and needs. Each child’s treatment program will be individualized and dynamic, and will grow and develop with the child and the family as they explore and discover their greatness.
We have found that it is important to match a child’s potential and specific needs to our recommended treatments and strategies. We do not want to give the impression that parents or professionals will randomly select items from a list of available treatments. All treatment approaches are not equal (i.e., what works for one child may not work for the next). The basis for choosing any treatment plan should come from a thorough evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses observed in the child.