Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an intensive therapeutic research-based methodology proven to successfully treat children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA therapy targets the core characteristics of ASD for intervention to strengthen communication, social and self-care skills, and reduce challenging behaviors that interfere with learning. ABA therapy is the gold-standard of care in helping children with autism develop successfully and prepare for success in school and at home and in the broader community.
What are the Benefits of Center-Based Services?
Center-based ABA therapy effectively promotes the acquisition and retention of skills. Designed for children with ASD between the ages of 18 months and 6 years, our center-based program offers numerous activities and 1:1 instruction within a program developed for each child based on individualized assessments. Program benefits include:
- Activities that enhance language and communications;
- Opportunities for social groups and peer interactions;
- Motor skill development;
- Structured routines and consistent implementation of teaching goals;
- Increased, on-site BCBA supervision vs. home-based services;
- Enhanced collaboration among therapists working with each child (e.g., speech, occupational and behavior therapies—as approved by insurance); and
- Pre-academic practice with daily routines and transitions.
Why Puddingstone Place?
We invite you and your child to visit the Puddingstone Place center most convenient for you and see why so many children have found success in our programs. Puddingstone Place offers a unique center-based therapy that integrates ABA, speech and occupational therapies and enhances skill development utilizing the Visual Immersion System (VIS). The VIS is world-renowned, visual support programming developed at Boston Children’s Hospital. Puddingstone Place holds an exclusive license to utilize the VIS through its partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital.
Our clinicians work together as a team to develop and implement an individualized plan of care tailored specifically to the needs of your child. At Puddingstone Place, we encourage parent participation. At each of our centers, parents have opportunities to engage in trainings and learn how to implement intervention techniques and apply key learnings from their child’s behavior plan at home and in the community.
Meet Dr. Howard Shane
Dr. Howard C. Shane is the co-founder of Puddingstone Place. Dr. Shane is also the Director of the Center for Communication Disorders and the Autism Language Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he also conducts a clinical practice that concentrates on persons with autism spectrum disorders. He is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and professor of communication sciences and disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
Dr. Shane is renowned internationally for creating inventive communication procedures and technology applications for persons with autism as well as innovative ways to operate and control computers for persons with difficulty with motor control. Dr. Shane is the creator of the Visual Immersion System (VIS), which leverages cutting edge methodology to help children with Autism and other disorders communicate more effectively.
Dr. Shane is a valuable resource for the Puddingstone Place team of clinicians. He regularly collaborates with them regarding the utilization of the VIS and consults on individual cases.
HOW IT WORKS
At Puddingstone Place, we understand how challenging it can be to navigate the many systems required to ensure that your child gets the support she or he needs. Our goal is not only to make a life changing difference for the children we are privileged to serve, but to make accessing our program as easy as possible for families so that you can focus on what really matters—your child.
Insurance and benefit checks
Once we have your insurance and benefits information, our team will work to confirm coverage and then begin the process to secure service authorizations.
To develop a customized care plan that meets the needs of your child, Puddingstone Place clinicians conduct a comprehensive assessment with input from those who know the child best, including parents and other clinicians, if applicable.
Personalized care plan
Our customized, multi-disciplinary care plans
are designed to help your child make meaningful progress. Because we offer ABA, speech and occupational therapies out of all of our centers, your child will benefit from a treatment team that is able to collaborate in real time to help your child succeed. After developing your child’s customized plan, we carefully review our proposed plan with parents and other caregivers to ensure alignment and make any necessary adjustments.
Experience the life changing difference of Puddingstone Place
Your child is welcomed into our program and begins receiving customized support.
What Our Parents Say
Meet Our Directors
When I get up each morning, I am motivated by having an impact on our clients and their families, by creating change, and by seeing growth. By delivering services using supports that are backed by research, using tools and methods that I have seen work, I can help make a difference that really matters to people.
I truly enjoy coming to work every day. I have a passion helping children learn how to interact with their environment, increase their independence with daily activities, and learn how to play. It’s rewarding to watch these kids make progress and build skills that will help them throughout their lifespan. These kids teach me something new every day, make me laugh, and make me cry happy tears when they accomplish a task they worked so hard to achieve. In occupational therapy the best progress is made when it feels like play and not like work, it makes my job very fun!
To witness firsthand the relationships between our staff and our clients blossom and to see the impact they have in a family’s life is amazing. By creating an atmosphere to allow the children a place to come and learn, socialize, and interact with others allows our staff the ability to make a difference in their life every single day. I see our staff as an extension of the child’s family. They develop a bond, earn trust and start making real progress in a short period of time. This is possible because of the training our staff receive and the collaboration between our three disciplines. There is no better feeling as I pass through the hallways to see big smiles develop or stop and have an exchange with a child to know we are doing something special.
I love creating a program that allows our staff to do the best job they can do which allows our clients to learn and grow and develop an abundance of skills. Seeing the changes in our clients from when they first start to several weeks and months later is amazing. Seeing a child with no communication skills start pointing to what they want is powerful. Hearing a child who wasn’t talking start saying words is magical. And seeing a child who didn’t appear to notice peers start to observe them and then follow them trying to imitate their movements, is inspiring. But, best of all, seeing them arrive each day smiling and running to the staff is joyful. Knowing that this is a place our clients want to be means we have created a place of learning.
COVID 19 Safety Protocols
At Puddingstone Place, the well-being of the children and families we serve—as well as our staff and their families—is our top priority. We comply with all state and local requirements and are carefully following guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control with respect to COVID-19.
Below is a list of current precautions we are taking to help keep everyone healthy:
- All adults are required to wear masks while in our centers;
- Daily health attestation for all staff and visitors that enter our centers;
- Daily temperature checks for all staff;
- Daily temperature checks and health attestation for all children upon arrival at our centers;
- All toys and other objects that are used during sessions are sanitized between uses;
- Maintaining six feet of social distance between adults when possible;
- Centers are professionally cleaned and disinfected twice weekly; and
- As frontline healthcare staff, our employees are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the Commonwealth and a majority of our staff have received at least their first vaccination.
In instances where there is a suspected COVID-19 exposure, we follow the required protocols with respect to testing and quarantine.