SERVICES & PROGRAMS
Given that every adult, child and family situation is unique, the services that we offer at Mind Matters are developed specifically to target each individual’s needs.
We also offer computer-based programs and one-on-one classes for individuals struggling with learning disabilities, inattention, and difficulty with organization and prioritizing.
Initial Diagnostic Interview and Diagnosis
The focus of your initial visit is to begin the process of diagnosis through a detailed interview, and review of prior medical/school records. Many behavioral concerns may be caused or influenced by genetic, medical or environmental issues, which, when recognized, will influence the most effective treatment. Further testing and/or office appointments may be necessary prior to establishing a diagnosis and making treatment recommendations.
"My son's self confidence has grown tremendously. He no longer says 'I can't'"
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Evaluations
Autism evaluations, done by a licensed clinical psychologist, are used to diagnose individuals who may be on the autism spectrum. The assessment process can take anywhere from 12-16 hours, and involves face to face interviews with parents and child (or adult individual), multiple tests and materials including the ADI-R and ADOS, scoring and interpretation, and a complete report with diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
Dietary, Supplemental and Prescription Treatments
A nutritional approach to treatment is often beneficial for patients who carry a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). After an assessment of current eating habits, recommendations may be made for an improved diet specific to the individual. Included in this might be dietary supplements which have been shown to improve neurological function.
Prescription treatment is an option for individuals with ADD/ADHD, though it is not the first course of action in most cases. Careful thought and discussion will be made before a medication is prescribed. Possible side effects, lifestyle and personal preferences are all taken into consideration.
Individual and Family Counseling
We recognize that our clients have unique needs and that they can benefit from the support of an understanding staff. Mind Matters provides a warm, non-judgmental environment where clients are listened to, understood, and given concrete tools to empower them in living with their diagnosis.
"I can't say enough good things about our experience with Mind Matters. With minimal visits we have gained an abundant amount of information and our family is much happier. Thank you."
Our staff uses Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Mindfulness practices, play therapy, and organizational coaching to treat the following conditions:
Counseling provides support and behavioral interventions to assist families in creating an environment in which they not only survive, but thrive.
Mind Matters provides testing for learning disabilities such as dyslexia, visual and auditory processing disorders using the REO (Receptive Expressive Observation) method. This is an effective tool used to assess symbol rotation problems, low digit recall, attention and impulse control issues, fine motor difficulties, spatial organizational traits and articulation errors. This condensed testing, which takes about 45 minutes, is the first step in diagnosing a learning disability. Recommendations for therapeutic interventions will be made following the testing and analysis.
Social Skills Training
Social Skills Training is a form of behavior therapy used by teachers, therapists, and trainers to help people who have difficulties relating to other people. A major goal of social skills training is teaching individuals verbal, as well as nonverbal, behaviors involved in social interactions.
"Mind Matters grant funding made it possible for our daughter to participate in the Fast ForWord program, which just may have saved her life academically."
Fast ForWord, which was developed by Scientific Learning (http://www.scilearn.com) is a computer based reading and language intervention program which has been proven to improve reading achievement in students.
Based on the latest developments in neuroscience, it begins by strengthening the foundations of basic language skills: memory, attention, processing and sequencing. The program will then follow the student through an increasingly challenging and sophisticated level of reading skills. Each student progresses through these levels according to his/her own rate of success. Immediate positive enforcement is built into the program. In addition, our specially trained staff will give one-on-one personal coaching to move your child along. A number of positive and motivational methods are used to keep the student interested and advancing through the program.
"I have noticed a significant change in Emily's attitude and ability to focus on a subject. She just did not have this before the Fast ForWord program.”
Fast ForWord classes are held 5 days a week for 8 weeks (6 week classes are available during the summer).
Barton Reading and Spelling Program
The Barton Reading and Spelling Program is a structured literacy program that is influenced by the Orton-Gillingham method. Carefully researched and evidence based, it is multi-sensory, direct, explicit and sequential intensive intervention. It is unique in that it teaches reading and spelling together as related skills. Barton is targeted to students who struggle to easily and accurately decode words when reading (despite being taught phonics), who by second grade are slow and inaccurate readers (are missing the oral reading fluency benchmarks), and who have always struggled with spelling, especially in writing sentences, stories, and compositions.
Mind Matters offers 45 minute, one-on-one, Barton tutoring sessions twice a week. Incorporated into each session will be cross-lateral movement and mindfulness practice, to enhance the instruction. Students will progress as they completely master the skills in each level, up to 10 levels.
Mind Builder is a unique learning system that offers effective strategies for treating dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities and reading challenges. Based on the Edu-Therapeutics model, Mind Builder uses motivating games and activities to change the way an individual uses their brain.
Classes are offered as a 30 minute, one-on-one instruction, twice a week for four weeks.
"Thank you to you and your staff for the wonderful work with our autistic son. Here's a small contribution and symbol of our appreciation. Keep up the good work."
The S. Family