Who We Are
Ocean Front Counseling provides services and support to children and adults with cognitive, psychiatric and autism-related disabilities and their families across the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Formed in 2007 around the kitchen table of Dr Sharon Wiley-Spurrier, PsyD BCBA, OFC has a team of dedicated practitioners to meet the needs of Eastern Shore families through quality services, including ABA services, Autism Waiver services, and other community services under the State of Maryland’s Developmental Disability Administration.
We work closely with you and your loved ones at every stage, providing assessments, individualized plans and dedicated support, to see you and your family achieve your goals.
Ocean Front Counseling provides services and support to children and adults facing cognitive, psychiatric and autism disabilities and their families.
Our services are guided by 4 principles:
- You and your family are the driving force behind your supports. We work with you to achieve your goals – not the other way around.
- Our practitioners are competent, professional, qualified, and eager to help, with years of experience informing all that they do.
- We are always learning. All our staff are active in ongoing training and education so that your support is informed by the most up-to-date research and practice.
- We collaborate: we work closely with other agencies in the private and public sectors to ensure the whole needs of your family are met.
All of our services are available for individuals and families in all nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Our professional, certified staff are ready to help you and your family to support your needs. We currently offer the following services:
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of applying scientific principles and the best available evidence about behavior analysis to supports, using proven methods to make positive change in the lives of persons with autism.
ABA therapies use techniques that are scientifically shown to improve learning, communication, and acquiring skills, and reduce problem or interfering behaviors. An ABA approach is recommended ‘best practice’ by the US Surgeon General.
ABA therapy includes a wide range of practices administered by a BCBA. The following are available through Ocean Front:
- ABA assessment and planning
- 1:1 therapy
- Group therapy
- Social skills group therapy
- Multiple family group training
Eligible persons must be under 21, enrolled in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by a qualified healthcare professional, and referred to the Administrative Services Organization (ASO).
Autism Waiver Services
We also provide services for children with autism ages 2 to 21 under Maryland’s Autism Waiver program. These home and community-based services are provided to children and their families to help them live in the community as independently as possible. These services include:
- Respite Care
- Family Consultation
- Intensive Individual Support Services
- Therapeutic Integration
- Adult Life Planning
Each child and family develops an individualized treatment plan, with goals identified by the family that we work together to achieve. Our clinicians work with you to implement these plans with set weekly hours for each family.
DDA Community Services
Ocean Front Counseling also provides a range of services for individuals with autism and their families under Maryland’s Developmental Disability Administration, known as DDA Community Services:
Behavioral Support Services (BSS)
Ocean Front provides supports for children and adults displaying challenging behaviors that interfere with their goals in acquiring skills, gaining social acceptance, or becoming full participants in the community under the DDA’s BSS program.
In this program, we produce assessments and behavior consultations. These assessments then form the basis of Behavior Plans, which help to modify behavior through use of clinically-accepted techniques. Through these interventions, our team of clinicians work with you and your family to manage and improve challenging behaviors, and make progress towards your desired goals.
Dr Sharon Willey-Spurrier, PsyD BCBA, is a Support Broker for Self-Directed Services under the DDA and can assist people with disabilities and their families who want greater choice, control, and authority over the kind of support they receive. As a Support Broker, Dr Willey-Spurrier works for you, putting your wants and needs first, to help you take greater control of your life.
Ocean Front Transition Services is in the process of seeking approval as a Division of Rehabilitation Service (DORS) provider for vocational evaluation, job development, job coaching, and supported employment. We are also seeking approval as a provider of supported employment and community-supported living arrangement.
All of our services are available for individuals and families in all nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Contact us now to find out how we can help you reach your goals.
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