You likely have many questions about ReClif in Peachtree Corners, and we’d love to provide you with all the answers you need! Take a look below. If you don’t find the information you are looking for, please give us a call at 678-691-5426, and we’ll do our best to help.
No! At ReClif, while we cater specifically to those on the spectrum, we encourage anyone who needs individualized attention to come try our services. Besides autism, we have worked with clients with diagnoses of Down syndrome, blindness, cerebral palsy, and more.
We absolutely think that there is a correlation between gaining body control through exercise and the ability to harness the motor skills necessary to spell to communicate. Once our clients learn to start managing their bodies, they can then become more self-controlled for spelling and other purposeful activities.
While we think being more able to control one’s body helps our clients in day-to-day activities (folding clothes, bringing in groceries, helping with yard work, walking and feeding the dog, making beds, cleaning windows and counters, setting the table, emptying the dishwasher, practicing personal hygiene, showering/bathing, brushing teeth, dressing, etc. – all things that we have heard our families excited about), ReClif doesn’t offer specific “life skills” training.
We ask that all first-time users make an appointment for a tour and intake assessment. This is a way for you to get to come in, see our facility, meet some of our staff, and discuss your loved one and how we can best help. This appointment is at no cost to you, so call 678-691-5426 now to get started!
Before beginning at ReClif, we will schedule a tour and intake assessment for you to see our facility, meet some of our staff, observe our programs, and discuss the specifics of the incoming client (past therapies, current schedule, activities, challenges, needs, sensory issues, goals, etc.). At this time, we will decide together what services will benefit your child in order to help them reach their goals.
We like to say, put 10 individuals with autism in a room, and you will have 10 unique individuals. Come by for an intake, or call and speak with our owner, Lou, about behaviors your child may exhibit. While our coaches are not equipped to handle violent aggression, and we feel that should best be handled by specific professionals trained in that arena, we do work with those who need additional help with unruly bodies.
We understand that many of our clients have sensitivity to external stimuli. For that reason, we attempt to keep the noise level to a minimum (no radio) and have a limit on how many clients we allow in the gym at one time. Understandably, instances happen where we cannot guarantee a completely quiet experience, but we do our best.
At ReClif, we believe that many on the autism spectrum exhibit signs of apraxia. The official definition of apraxia is a disorder of the brain and nervous system in which a person is unable to perform tasks or movements when asked, even though 1) the request or command is understood, 2) the individual is willing to perform the task, and 3) the muscles needed to perform the task work properly. By working individually with each client on purposeful movement through consistent practice, motor skills improve, and achieving synchrony between the brain and body can occur.
Each session is scheduled for one hour consisting of 50 minutes of actual instruction time with 10 minutes of parent/caregiver discussion as needed. Especially for our non-speaking clients, we feel it is important to talk about each session, goals accomplished, challenges faced, and pertinent information regarding the client.
Each program is individualized to the specific client and their goals. We have some clients come one day each week while others come two or three days a week. Some sign up for one session a day, and others do “tracks” consisting of three or more sessions a day. Goals will be discussed during the intake as well as options to achieve these personalized goals.
Many kids with autism are not successful in traditional exercise settings or activities. We find that most have problems with self-initiation, not because there is a lack of desire but because there is a lack of body control. At ReClif, ALL of our sessions are done in a one-on-one capacity. This ratio allows each client maximum support to help them develop purposeful body movement and control. Our coaches have been trained to support using “ladder” prompts – offering more or less (verbal, visual, physical, auditory cues) as needed.
At this time, ReClif is not a drop-off facility. Since the majority of our clients are non-speaking, we found that it is better to have familiar individuals who are able to better understand each child and assist as needed (toileting, snacks, etc.). Once we get to know the clients, we can discuss with the parents whether they need to be present or not during services.
For any exercise session, we suggest bringing a water bottle. If you will be doing multiple sessions in a day, providing a light snack is often a good idea.
Unless facing other physical disabilities or obstacles, we feel that challenging our clients to work through 50 minutes (or even multiple sessions) allows them to reap maximum benefit from each session. At ReClif, we presume that most with autism can accomplish what a neurotypical peer can if given the same opportunity with maximum support. Neurotypical individuals ages 5-22 attend academic, social, and athletic events all day long. While it is taxing for those with autism to progress through purposeful movement exercises, it is worth the extra time and effort to develop endurance skills.
Dress according to the weather in comfortable athletic attire. Tennis shoes MUST be worn for Special-Fit, FITLIGHT, and IM sessions, and socks are required for yoga sessions. Long hair should be secured in a ponytail, braid, or barrette if possible.
We offer multiple services at ReClif; therefore, the prices vary from $70-$130 per session depending on what you are scheduled for. As an affected family, Reece and the Blankenships strive to keep prices affordable while still offering quality coaches in a top-notch facility.
We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and waiver payments.
At ReClif, we do not currently employ licensed health-care professionals and therefore cannot file insurance for our services.
YES! Our coaches are certified, and ReClif is a preferred provider for the Now/Comp/ACUMEN, InCommunity (formerly GCSS), Bobby Dodd, and Avita Georgia-based waivers, filed under either CAI or CAG codes. Upon acknowledgment of your waiver agreement, ReClif will email monthly or bimonthly invoices to our clients to turn into waiver providers for payment.
ReClif is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays to give our hardworking coaches time to rest and recoup.
Typically we are closed on major holidays to enjoy our families, but we may be open during some national holidays that result in days out of school.
We love to include anyone who wants to be part of our community. Please see the ReClif volunteer page for ideas on volunteering at our events and activities!
Evaluations help our coaches establish a baseline measuring what the client is capable of on their own. During the evaluation, our coaches will determine where to start in terms of assistance and prompting. Other questions the assessment will answer include:
- Does the client attend easily?
- Will they need to start in a confined area?
- Do they need special props?
- What are they naturally drawn to in the gym?
An evaluation is much different from an actual session since the coaches are determining exactly what the client can do on their own with limited assistance. For this reason, our evaluations are a portion of the cost of a session. At ReClif, we so strongly believe that Special-Fit is important for everyone that we offer this evaluation FREE. It has been this way since we opened our doors and always will be!