ISAND is a registered non-profit organization that serves children, youth and young adults living with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. ISAND’s clinical team of professionals represent the following nine disciplines developmental paediatrics; psychology; social work; speech and language, behavioural and occupational therapy; nutrition; education; and rhythmic movement. Working together, and with families, we provide a comprehensive range of services to ensure that the children, youth and young adults receive fully coordinated, integrated and continuous care.
Research has shown that the most effective interventions for children and youth with autism are delivered in naturalistic and interactive social contexts. ISAND’s treatment plans are based on naturalistic methodologies that are implemented in natural settings, involve shared control between client and therapist, utilize natural contingencies, and use a variety of strategies to teach developmentally appropriate skills. These interventions are based on empirically-based intervention methods derived from both the principles of behavioral learning and developmental sciences.
Elements of Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), positive support plans, social thinking, modified cognitive behaviour therapy, motivation-based therapy and solution focused therapies are some of the many methodologies used by ISAND clinicians.