STAR of CA provides a range of services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders, children at risk for developmental delays, and children with behavioral challenges. Our multi-disciplinary approach makes use of evidence-based practices to develop an individualized program for your child and family.
For children who are showing significant delays across multiple areas of development, we offer more intensive individualized intervention programs. Whether these delays are in communication, socialization, or self-care skills, STAR of CA works closely with your child and family to resolve them. Using direct intervention and parent education services, we can help close gaps in your child's development and maximize their potential for independence.
When your child's behavior is disruptive to daily routines across home, school, and/or community settings, positive behavior support can be extremely helpful. Our behavioral intervention program focuses on resolving challenging behaviors of all kinds. The process begins with a clear understanding of the reason for the behavior, and what your child gains from engaging in it. We then emphasize eliminating these challenging behaviors and teaching your child more appropriate ways of getting their needs met.
This unique program pairs peer mentors with children with social challenges to increase their social success. Peer Mentorship includes parent education, peer training and intervention, as well as field trips. To begin, children with social challenges are paired with their mentors and interact in theme-based activity centers including arts and crafts, socio-dramatic play, and indoor sports. We train our peers to become mentors by teaching the basics of how to be a good friend. Through these young mentors, children with social challenges learn critical skills like initiating, responding, and compromising. The effectiveness of socializing with peers instead of adults has been evident in the children's rapid progress. Parents have shared stories about how well these skills are generalizing. View Our Peer Mentorship Program
Parents and family members of children with special needs often experience a range of emotions that can undermine the family's well-being. This may include feelings of grief and loss, stress and frustration, being overwhelmed, guilt, and loneliness. Families need a place to turn when they experience feelings and concerns like these. Our Family Support Services help families cope with the challenges associated with raising a child with special needs, while building their capacity for intervention, advocacy and knowledge. Families are encouraged to learn more about the individual, couples, and family counseling services, in addition to the parent and sibling support groups we offer.
STAR of California also provides psychological testing and diagnostic evaluations to assist families with understanding the unique needs of their child and to inform the treatment planning process.
See ERA Education, the Support and Treatment for Autism & Related Disorders (STAR), Inc. educational services division at www.eraed.com.
Parent education is a vital component of all STAR of CA programs. In partnership with CAUSE, these classes are provided to give groups of families a working knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis and the skills necessary to effectively serve as an interventionist and advocate for their child. Participants also benefit greatly from the support of our staff as well as the other families in the program.
STAR of CA also offers occupational therapy services through direct intervention or consultation support for children who demonstrate motor and sensory needs. These services represent an important part of our multidisciplinary team.