Optimize your child's success with Threshold Center for Behavior Consultants. We focus on your family.
Our focus is on families and developing the parenting skills for their child on the autism spectrum.
Threshold's consultants have more than 50 years of direct hands-on experience with autism, children, and adults on the autism spectrum. We focus on the family and ensuring you have the tools to be successful with your child.
We provide consulting services that focus on helping families with children on the autism spectrum achieve the best possible outcomes. Our services are tailored to five critical areas:
1. Implementing behavior plans at home.
2. Evaluating and offering nutritional counseling.
3. Providing training for crisis management and de-escalation at home.
4. Offering first-aid and safety programs.
5. Providing guidance on the appropriate management of sexual behavior.
We convert "Behavior talk" to your normal language.
The best schools in the world are of little value if what is taught is undone when your child goes home. The best home environment is of little value if what is learned is undone when they go to school.
Every profession has a language that is shared between professionals. To them, every word makes sense. There are "mands and tacts." There are Inraverbals and intermittent schedules of reinforcement. What about setting events, and the list goes on.
Moms and dads do not have years to learn a new vocabulary, much less how to implement these plans at home.
We teach parents and siblings how to implement behavior and education improvement plans (BIPs and EIPs). We work with everyone involved to ensure consistency within and between settings.
We teach parents and siblings how to implement behavior and education improvement plans (BIPs and EIPs) at home. We work with everyone involved to ensure consistency within and between settings.
Threshold Consultants offer workshops and training programs based on community needs we have seen over the decades.
Workshops typically last one to two days and include all materials necessary to gain skills and improve their understanding of continuing your child's home training program.
Threshold Center for Behavior Consultants is pleased to be affiliated with NutriClinics. Almost half the children and adults on the autism spectrum and children with ADHD are diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder. The human body is a wonderfully balanced and sophisticated chemistry set. The body and learning suffer when the right chemicals (food) are not ingested. The brain and gut demonstrate the greatest loss of function. This can lead to behavioral issues and loss of productivity and learning. Nutrition expert Eva Kocurkova leads her team of nutrition scientists and counselors as we work together to determine the impact of diet on learning. Her team of qualified advisors has passed the state exam in Nutrition Counseling from the Ministry of Health in the Czech Republic. NutriClinics has over 150 locations in the Czech Republic and offers online support.
Everyone has a bad day. This includes children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.
What leads to crises?
"Threshold Consultants offer workshops and training programs based on home emergencies we have seen over the decades.
In the decades since Threshold Center for Autism was founded, we have treated countless injuries to residents, students, staff, and visitors while waiting for EMS. We've safely removed and provided field treatment to automobile accidents on the four-lane highway in front of our property. Lacerations, broken bones, burns, and a variety of injuries have occurred over the decades. All were appropriately triaged, first aid applied, and the person was transported to hospital as needed. Definitive immediate care saves lives and reduces disability. You are your family's first responder. Let us teach you how.
"Despite being such a common problem for schools, institutions, and families to manage, it is surprising how sparse literature is, particularly regarding why inappropriate behavior occurs and what education is effective." Beddows N, Brooks R. Inappropriate sexual behavior in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: what education is recommended and why. Early Interv Psychiatry. 2016 Aug;10(4):282-9. doi: 10.1111/eip.12265. Epub 2015 Aug 12. PMID: 26265030.
Teaching children and adolescents about sex is a challenge for most families. There are no appropriate training manuals. Many parents are reluctant to have "that" conversation. Sexual acting out is a relentless ticking clock as your autistic pre-teen approaches puberty. Are you prepared to have these conversations with your non-verbal pre-teen? The 30% of high-functioning autistic children will be a challenge but not an impossible task to educate. Then there are the other 70% whom social rules will not likely constrain. Let us help you with our training programs.
As a residential treatment facility in the early days of residential programs, we anticipated that puberty would bring an array of behavior changes and aggression. There was sexual acting out and male aggression that we learned to channel in productive directions.
Threshold was founded in 1978 with several 10-year-old children. Over the next 25 years, we watched our children mature and discover their sexuality. The following contemporary quotation should not be ignored.
A 2000 study in Florida of State support showed 28,000 recipients registered for state support through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). Twenty-eight percent were Level V and required Intensive support. Thirteen percent required Level IV Extensive needs. Eighteen percent were Level III and had Moderate support needs. Eleven percent were shown to have minimal needs (Level II). Finally, 30% had limited needs (Level I). Threshold supported the most difficult 59%. Each of our residents acted out sexually and needed behavioral management. Let us share our lessons learned with you.
Workshops typically last one to two days and include all materials necessary to gain skills and improve your child's behavior.
Research and our experience at Threshold showed that parents are often uncertain about their adolescent's sexual experience; this suggests they would benefit from receiving information about sexual development in adolescents with ASD.
This information is available through our workshops. Parents will learn about access to support to help them make decisions about when and how to discuss issues of sex and sexuality.
Threshold Medical and Dental Care
One of the most unfortunate discoveries was the number of edentulous preteens. The sugar load in their mouths from using sugar reinforcers and poor daily hygiene resulted in significant caries and calculus buildup.
Getting dental care was impossible or required a long wait. We built a dedicated medical and dental clinic at Threshold to serve Central Florida. Before we created this clinic, we often had to drive several hours. For safety, our transportation team included a driver and trainer. Often, we had to remain in the town overnight. The cost when we could get an appointment was prohibitive.
In 2008, Threshold built and opened the first medical and dental clinic designed for families with children and adult children on the spectrum. We trained our professional staff on the most effective patient and family management methods. This expertise is available through our consultants.
Once the word got out, several wonderful dentists and technicians joined our team. Our training programs were highly successful in onboarding and retaining clinicians for this population. At Threshold Consultants, we can show you how we did it and how to meet these critical dental hygiene needs.
Nutritionist and partner Ing. Eva Kocurkova.
We understand that each family's situation and needs are unique to them. Tell me more about what you're looking for, and we will get back to you soon with some ideas.
Chápeme, že situace a potřeby každé rodiny jsou pro ni jedinečné. Řekněte mi více o tom, co hledáte, a my se vám brzy ozveme s nápady
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Ingr. Eva Kocurkova, MS, Nutrition +420 722 062 846 Prague, The Czech Republic firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Bob Wright, Ph.D., MHA, MA, RN +1 321-439-5949 Orlando, FL, USA firstname.lastname@example.org rewright@threshol
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