University of Wisconsin–Madison

Growing Together | Ages 5 – 12

Growing Together is a focused, short-term behavior treatment program for children with autism, ages 5-12, and their parents. The program is founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and additional evidence-based approaches.  Families develop a partnership with our experienced clinicians to practice effective strategies to:

  • Support positive behavior
  • Develop important daily living and social skills
  • Promote family relationships
  • Decrease challenging behavior

Family priorities guide individual treatment goals. Both parents and children learn and practice strategies that facilitate behavior change. Each family works with a primary provider.  The providers are licensed clinicians from the disciplines of applied behavior analysis, dietetics, marriage and family therapy, and psychology.

All Sessions

  • Weekly, 90-minute sessions
  • Parents attend sessions with their child
  • Work toward 1-3 behavioral goals
  • Strategies will be taught in session through discussion and direct practice
  • Families practice intervention approaches at home and in the community

Individual Family Sessions

  • Parent and child work together toward relevant family goals

Multiple Family Sessions

  • Two or more families with a common goal participate in sessions
  • Sessions focus on:
    • Social skills development
    • Managing challenging behavior