There is no question too big or too small. An Eclipse clinician is available to help you navigate the challenges you are facing.
My child was diagnosed with Autism. Where do I start?
Having a child diagnosed with any disability is a life-changing event. Having a child diagnosed with Autism is overwhelming, and the many methods of treatment bewildering. Many methods of therapy are offered for children with Autism, such as: gluten and casein free diets (GFCF), the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Floor Time, Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and the list goes on. Initially, information about therapy may come from the diagnostic clinician. Then finding that the recommendations will likely be a large financial burden and nearly impossible to find can leave an individual wondering, “Is there something else?”. Personal research on the web or at the library might unveil seemingly quick fixes. For a parent new to Autism, it can feel like there are too many choices for therapy with no single answer. Eclipse can help wade through the confusion and provide some clarity to treatments that have current research and the most promise.
Eclipse believes in a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which creates a uniquely individual treatment plan for every child. Individualizing the therapy based on ABA methods provides a program that focuses on the child’s behaviors, optimizing the development of skills that are absent because of Autism and eliminating behaviors that are not functional and troublesome to the family.
My child's Behavior is Out of Control. What do I do? A child with disabilities is going to utilize a behavior, good or bad, to get their needs met. Skill deficits are often the cause of “bad” or out of control behavior. Eclipse clinicians work to understand the "why" of the behavior and then find a functional and socially acceptable behavior that can replace the “bad” behavior. For example, a child may scream when you give them a simple instruction like, "put your shoes on". Teaching them to say, "help" instead of screaming can achieve the same goal. This seems like a simplistic answer, but saying “help” is appropriate while screaming is not as appropriate.
My parenting style is effective with my typical child. Why is it ineffective with my child who has a diagnosis? Most behaviors develop because they serve a purpose. Behaviors exist to get something like a toy, your attention, escape/avoid something you are asking, or inherently provide some form of pleasure or escape. With one child your parenting style is effective, with the other child it may not be. Eclipse can help you and your child learn new behaviors to achieve a happy functioning household.
Public/Private/Charter School is not what I thought it would be. I am disappointed and/or my child is having a bad experience. All schools have to operate within their individual, district and state operating system as well as struggle with financial restraints. Each school is required to adapt to and provide services for your child under given conditions. Eclipse can help to provide Individualized Education Plan support and work with the school team to optimize the child’s progress towards their school goals. Eclipse believes in a polite but persistent approach to working with schools. The ultimate goal is that your child receives the tools he or she needs for success. A team is much more likely to achieve that goal.
I hired a new nanny and my kids love (him or her), but they do not know anything about children with disabilities.
This scenario is very common. Luckily, people can learn. Training specific to the child can help a new nanny quickly adapt to your needs. By becoming part of the home program, a devoted nanny should be able to become effective at implementing strategies. The time spent with the trained nanny increases the child's therapy time with little additional out-of-pocket expense.
I have unique concerns, how will Eclipse work to understand my concerns?
Eclipse respects that the caregivers are the experts on their child. Every family has their own culture and values. Eclipse works diligently to understand your concerns by listening to your questions and will partner with you to achieve your goals for the child. Every question or concern has merit and Eclipse will hear your voice.