Autism Therapies and Services at Mustard Seeds
Mustard Seeds offers all therapies inclusive in a secure ranch setting
that is comfortable and non-clinical in feel and appearance. The program
is five days a week from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
All therapies at Mustard Seeds are provided by and/or are overseen by Board
Health & Behavior Intervention
Health and Behavior Intervention Services, or HBI Services, are used to
identify psychological, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and social factors
critical for prevention and treatment of physical health problems. The
focus is directed to the biopsychosocial factors important to problems
HBI treatment includes a variety of approaches to increase appropriate
behaviors and skills and encourage socially acceptable communication more
automatically. The approach is done through applied behavior analysis
(ABA) treatment programs that require intensive hours each week.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Is provided in naturalistic settings that have been shown to help children
with autism learn to apply new skills to new situations. We capitalize
on this environment to promote Incidental Therapy, where normally occurring
situations and the child's interest facilitate language learning.
At all times, Mustard Seed’s ABA program is non-aversive; focusing
instead on rewarding desired positive behaviors.
Includes both verbal and non-verbal cues -- such as facial expressions,
tone of voice, and body language. Our children work on a wide range of
skills including: receptive and expressive communication, verbal and non-verbal
communication, speech pragmatics, conversation skills and concept skills.
Works on low muscle tone and coordination, as well as physical development.
Occupational therapists work with our children through organized play
to help them improve their fine and gross motor skills and thus improve
their quality of life.
Our naturalistic environment prepares our children to be self sufficient.
We offer all our therapy programs within a warm, safe, home-like environment
set on a beautiful ranch. Children learn table manners and conversation
skills as they eat their lunch at the kitchen table together. They are
also taught other valuable life skills as they help with simple tasks
around the ranch such as helping feed our horses. Other skills taught
include traffic, water, and fire safety, as well as stranger danger topics and more.
Provides a way for children to express their experiences and feelings through
a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As their experiences and
knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important
vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. From a developmental
point of view, play has been determined to be an essential component of
healthy cognitive development.
Family / Parent / Group Counseling
Whether as a single parent or a struggling couple, too often our needs
get lost in the focus of the day-to-day challenges of our amazing children.
Our neighbors, friends, coworkers, even our parents usually just don't
get it. Sadly, the numbers speak for themselves with higher rates of divorce,
alcoholism and addiction amongst the parents of children with autism.
Mustard Seeds believes in treating the whole family, in addition to the
child, and as a result, offers individual, family, and marriage counseling
for parents facing these incredible challenges. Whether confronting a
devastating diagnosis that confirms a parent’s worst fears or struggling
with the burden of the long struggle, Mustard Seeds wants parents to realize
that they aren’t alone and give parents someone to talk with who
truly understands their situation and is eager to help.
Our Licensed Counselors and Social Workers have over 100 years of combined
clinical experience-in the field-and are dedicated to helping in every
way they can. We have a monthly support group, in addition to our individual
and marital counseling, which supports the entire family. After attending
our support groups, our parents have the opportunity to go have a date,
while we engage their children in fun learning activities.