The Kelly O’Leary Center of Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC) provides specialized diagnostic services for children with suspected autism spectrum disorder, and consultative treatment services for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
The goal of TKOC is to enhance the lives of individuals with ASD and their families through:
Treatment and Services
TKOC provides a wide range of services and supports that are designated to best meet the individual needs of children with ASD and their families.
TKOC provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary diagnostic battery that follows the Autism Speaks- Autism Treatment Network diagnostic protocol. Children with suspected ASD should be referred by their primary care physician for comprehensive evaluation.
Medical Collaborative Care
Children and adolescents with ASD can be seen in our medical clinic for on-going follow-up care by Developmental/Behavioral Pediatricians, Nurse Practitioners, and Child Psychiatrists. TKOC also has strong collaborations with Physicians in Pediatric Neurology, Gastroenterology, and Genetics. Transition to adulthood services are also available in collaboration with providers within Adolescent and Transition Medicine.
Therapeutic Programming Session (TPS)
Children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder can undergo a Therapeutic Programming Session, or TPS, with a speech therapist, occupational therapist, and psychologist, all of whom have expertise in autism spectrum disorders. During a TPS, additional therapeutic strategies based on a child’s current level of functioning, as well as family -identified concerns, are discussed with the family and a plan is developed to meet the family's needs.
TKOC staff provide individual and group therapy models in the areas of speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavior therapy to address a wide range of concerns seen in children with ASD. Areas addressed include communication, social skills, sensory/motor concerns and general behavior.
Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI)
TKOC offers intensive programming based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for preschool-aged children with ASD.
TKOC offers consultation services to schools and community agencies that can be student or program specific. These services require a referral from the requesting school or community agency.
Severe Behavior Treatment (SBT)
TKOC’s SBT program provides intensive behavioral intervention for a limited number of children and adolescents with ASD who are not able to be safely or effectively educated in the traditional school environment due to aggressive, self-injurious and/or disruptive behaviors. In SBT, the focus is on decreasing interfering behaviors and developing the necessary skills for the child to safely and successfully return to a less restrictive school placement.