Areas of Practice
AUTISM SPECTRUM DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATIONS
According to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, about 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and is about 4 times more common among boys than among girls. ASD commonly co-occurs with other developmental, psychiatric, neurologic, chromosomal, and genetic diagnoses. Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected. Even though ASD can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2 years, most children are not diagnosed with ASD until after age 4 years.
For the past 19 years, Dr. Amigo and Michael Bayda, MSW, LISW have worked together to provide diagnostic evaluations for suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in individuals as young as 14 months up to adults in their 50’s. Their evaluations are modeled on best practice standards and utilize both structured and unstructured clinical interviews and standardized psychological tests, many of which are part of the annual Respons∙ability Social Therapy™ Annual Assessments.
A weekly group therapy program designed by Dr. Emilio Amigo to address the social deficits of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose is to improve one’s abilities to initiate, maintain, and sustain social relationships and to enhance the verbal and nonverbal communication aspects of social interaction. Groups may also include those who do not have an ASD diagnosis but still struggle with these social abilities.
RESPONS•ABILITY SOCIAL THERAPY™ ANNUAL ASSESSMENTS
All members involved in the RST Groups are required to do initial and annual diagnostic evaluations and functional assessments. These evaluations are scientifically valid and reliable measures. Initial assessments allow for a professional differential diagnosis and give a baseline of diagnostic, developmental, behavioral and functional abilities so that longitudinal progress or decline can be measured. Annual assessments allow us to track clinical outcomes through time and assist with treatment planning.
Social immersion helps clients practice real-life social situations, develop rewarding friendships, and build a larger social network. Our Friday Night “Community Groups” provide clients with this social immersion opportunity. As a community gathering at our center, clients share the fun of movies, video games, board and card games, role playing games, art and drawing, karaoke, dance and other activities. Based on age, clients can also attend our movie night outings.
AFC’s Creative Social Arts Program includes a 20-week long Acting Workshop (AW) program that culminates in a theater production at a local downtown theater. Our AW program is instrumental in the development of a host of skills used in social relationships such as attention, group dynamics, awareness, and verbal & nonverbal communication.
AFC is soon to offer an Integrative Medicine Program. In this program, clients will apply holistic, mind-body health practices to improve their mental and physical health and overall well-being. Integrative health practices will be coordinated with AFC’s ongoing efforts to help clients improve their life skills. The overall goal of the program is for clients to develop tangible, sustainable, and measurable change toward increased health, balance, and fulfillment.
other clinical services
IEP Educational Consultation & Advocacy
Parent Guidance & Counseling
Short-Term Problem-Focused Therapy
Individual Social Skill Building
Daily and Continued Life Skill Building