The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach for Autism
A 7-theory brain-based intervention model that treats the unique sensory and developmental needs of individuals with autism to help them achieve the normal milestones of childhood.
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach is a brain-based approach to treating autism.
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach community is dedicated to shifting the paradigm of how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder are understood, assessed, treated, and educated. Our vision is to expand innovative, highly specialized, and compassionate services that individuals with autism need and deserve.
What is The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach for Autism?
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach is a transdisciplinary neurodevelopmental model to treat children and adults with autism. What that means for your loved one is professionally designed and personalized programming that stimulates critical brain changes. When designing each child’s program our specialists aim to quickly optimize brain functions by synthesizing only the most effective methods from 7 different theoretical frameworks (Sensory Integration, Model of Human Occupation, Developmental Theory, Gestalt Theory, Information Processing, Social-Pragmatic Theory, and Applied Behavior Analysis). This optimal brain function serves as the necessary foundation for your child to advance in all six areas: Cognition, Language, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Social-Emotional, and Self Care. The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach provides the tools to directly activate brain functions that support skills like listening, eye contact, self-feeding, communicating, sitting for classwork, and other functional life skills.
Why It Works: A Bottom-Up Approach to Growth
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach lays a solid neurological foundation for your child, which results in an effective bottom-up approach to skill building, rather than the top-down approach commonly seen in strictly educational or behavioral models. This sequential way of building skills aligns with "typical development." According to autism expert Dr. Lynette Scotese-Wojtila, individuals with autism can learn through natural means when they are treated and educated with The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach featuring the use of the child's just-right methods, and the omission of those contradictory.
Research-Backed Results for Children with Autism
In an 8-week center-based research study, 94% of personal goals were improved, met, or exceeded in children with autism who received The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach programming. The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach infuses seven theories into one cohesive program to treat autism whereas other models intentionally center around one theory which naturally limits the child access to holistic care. According to model researcher Dr. Scotese-Wojtila, the theories unique to The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach are naturally synclectic, or complementary when combined, which offers an unprecedented advantage to individuals on the autism spectrum.
of personal goals were improved, met or exceeded by participants who received the The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach during an 8-week center-based autism research study.
About Dr. Lynette Scotese-Wojtila
Dr. Lynette Scotese-Wojtila is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist, with over 30 years of pediatric experience. She has dedicated her career to the transdisciplinary care of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a certification in Sensory Integration and is a Certified Autism Specialist. In 1995, Dr. Scotese-Wojtila established Integrations Treatment Center, Inc., where she later coined The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach. She has made countless contributions to advance the field of autism including the establishment of a non-profit agency (S.U.C.C.E.S.S. For Autism 501(c)(3)), the production of a feature-length film, (My Hiccups are Gone), and various lectures at the state and national level for the Autism Society of America and other organizations. Cleveland State University honored her in 2018 with the “Fascinating Alumni Award” for her life’s work in Occupational Therapy and Autism. Dr. Scotese-Wojtila serves as the Primary Investigator on The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach research and has authored other works published through the American Occupational Therapy Association.