Agapi Behavioral Consultants, Inc.

7 McKenna Commons Court, Greenville, SC 29615
Telephone: 864-509-1555

Learn About Autism


 

The Clinic

 

Greenville: In the Summer of 2015 Agapi opened a state of the art clinic located in Greenville, South Carolina. The clinic boasts a sensory gym as well as a visual sensory integration room, along with several individual therapy rooms and a large conference room for parent and/or therapist trainings.

 

	

 

Resources

Autism Speaks

 

SC Autism Society

 

Family Connections

 

Pro Parents

 

SC Disability and Special Needs


 

ABA

 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment.

 

ABA is the use of specific techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.

 

ABA techniques foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person's perspective.

 

A skilled therapist customizes the intervention to each learner's skills, needs, interests, preferences and family situation. We work hand in hand with our families to provide the best individualized program for our clients. Each program will be set up differently as each is specific to the goals of the child or adult we are working with.

 


 

The Agapi Logo

The Logo symbolizes identity, education, activity, play, problem solving, the different pieces of the puzzle behind the various therapies and trainings offered by Agapi.


 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is a complex disorder of brain development. It includes difficulty in social interaction, receptive behaviors, gross motor development and/or verbal and non-verbal communication.

 

Signs to look for: • Disconnect from others
• Delay in speech development
• Delay in motor development
• Lack of social skills
• Repetitive behaviors
• Difficulty expressing emotions
• Sensitivity to lights, sounds, taste, and/or certain textures
Facts: • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S.
• 1 in 42 are boys and 1 in 189 are girls.
• Affects more than 2 million individuals in the U.S.
• It is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S.
• Autism is a spectrum disorder.
• No medical cure is currently known for Autism.


 

Social Skills

 

Many individuals with autism have deficits with social skills. Agapi will offer weekly social skills groups. Individuals will be working on such items as turn taking, conversation skills as well as play skills. We will also be offering monthly social skill outings. Agapi will be going to places such as the zoo, waterparks, and amusement parks. While out on these outings we will be working on regulating anxiety, conversation skills and play skills — all while having fun.

 


 

Emotion Regulation Training

 

Many Individuals with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty identifying, understanding and regulating their emotions. We will be holding weekly group sessions that will work on emotional regulation as well as emotion training. The model Agapi uses in these groups is derived from the Tony Atwood CAT method. By using this method Agapi will provide an environment that encompasses visual, interactive, and custom communication elements for individuals. It is designed to help individuals become aware of how their thoughts, feelings and actions all interact together.

 



 

Parent Support

 

Agapi will be holding monthly parent coffee and donuts sessions. Each month we encourage parents to meet each other and support each other. We believe that the success of each of our children relies not only on the child and therapist, but also on each parent. We understand the journey may be difficult, and want our families to know they have complete support. We also know that no one has walked in the shoes of our families &mdash but those that know the struggles the best are other parents with children on the spectrum. We feel support is key and want to offer as much as we can so our parents are aware that there are others out there that may be struggling, as well as others that understand.