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We See Possibilities,
Not Limitations

Too often, treatment for children on the autism spectrum focuses on teaching the child to perform the activities, skills and behaviors that adults want to see. On the surface, this method appears to deliver results. But while it may train children to do what is expected of them, this limited approach rarely explores the child’s full range of possibilities or connects with the child’s inner motivations, sense of purpose and essential human dignity.

 
 

At Real Connections Child Development Institute, we take a different approach. We believe real change comes from connection.


 
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By connecting to their inner feelings, children on the autism spectrum can: 

 
 

Connect to their needs:

Learn to think and communicate for themselves

Connect to their strengths:

Develop a calm, centered sense of self

Connect to other people:

Engage in genuine, reciprocal relationships

 

To create those connections, we assess each child’s unique strengths, interests and motivations and design individualized treatment plans tailored to the needs and goals of each child and family. 

Our treatments harness the principles of brain change discovered in neuroplasticity research. Also called brain plasticity, neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to continuously “rewire” by forming new neural (nerve) connections. Our brains have an amazing capacity for change, and our behavior—the way we think, feel and act—can actually transform the way our brains are wired. 

Real Connections uses intensive behavioral therapy to help children build new neural connections, emotional connections and relational connections. Children learn critical life skills and gain a sense of competence and self-worth.

 

Every brain is a work in progress. It is ‘plastic.’ From the day we’re born to the day we die, it continuously revises [depending on] how we use it.
— Michael Merzenich, Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change your Life