Clinician Model

Your child will be seen directly by the clinician 1:1. Goals are determined by assessments, either formal or informal. Acorn Autism Clinician Model services include but are not limited to;

Speech Language Pathologist

  • Articulation/Phonological (sounds your child uses)

  • Receptive Language (understanding of words)

  • Expressive Language (use of words)

  • Social Communication / Social Skills (use of language in social contexts)


Occupational Therapist

  • Fine Motor Skills (including writing)

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Sensory Regulation

  • Self Care Skills


Behaviour Analyst

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) available
    - ABA therapy refers to a collection of methods and techniques designed to increase positive behaviours and decrease negative ones
    - ABA uses positive reinforcement, not punishment
    - ABA used natural environment training as well as discrete trial training

  • Disruptive behaviour (e.g. tantrums, screaming/yelling, verbal abuse, running away, non-compliance)

  • Aggressive behaviour (e.g. pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, biting)

  • Social withdrawal (e.g. avoiding social interaction with peers or adults)

  • Stereotypic behaviour (e.g. repetitive or invariant vocalisations and/or movement)

  • Self-injurious behaviours (e.g. head-banging, biting, scratching)

  • Cognitive skills

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Food selectivity


Multidisciplinary / Therapy Technician Model

Behaviour Analyst is in charge of your child's program, with the SLP and OT consulting at regular intervals. 

The Behaviour Analyst is the lead clinician on the team, and alters the Therapy Plan throughout therapy. The Speech Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist observe your child in therapy sessions to advise on ‘next steps’ or alterations in the plan in the skill areas as shown above.

A Therapy Technician is able to carry out the therapy to enable your child more hours of therapy at a lower cost.


Group Therapy

I am a big believer in early intervention.
— Temple Grandin