Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention is an evidence-based clinical practice that incorporates the study of human behavior and aims to create socially significant change in the lives of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Our team of master’s-level, experienced clinicians utilize systematic tools to assess clients and identify specific behavior functions. By understanding what motivates the child, they are able to make clinical recommendations that reduce, improve, or teach new behaviors and skills.
Through ABA intervention, clients develop skills that improve their overall quality of life. An example of a program may involve decreasing a child’s use of a target behavior -such as non-compliance, excessive tantrums, and physical aggression -by using reinforcement to increase their use of more socially significant behaviors.
In ABA intervention, our team of trained Behavior Therapists proceed to teach new skills by reinforcing only desired behaviors, which may include following instructions, engaging in sharing, and using sounds and words to communicate. Therapists adequately observe clients, learn what their interests are, and understand what motivates them; they then use their data in order to teach clients new and functional behaviors. What makes ABA therapy so successful is that each behavior support plan is individualized and, therefore, executed with each client’s strengths, needs, and interests in mind.
Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face challenges that affect all areas of social communication; two common symptoms include avoiding eye contact and avoiding play interaction, which ultimately hinder their ability to establish relationships with their peers. In the same way, these challenges may inhibit learning in children with ASD. Children may lack observational skills, struggle with interpretation of concepts, and may often find it difficult to acknowledge and understand the perspectives of others.
Through social skills training, participants learn skills that assist them in developing long lasting relationships with their peers. Clients may learn appropriate play skills, emotional regulation, and perspective thinking. The goal of our social skills program is for clients to obtain skill mastery in all levels of social functioning, including interactions with their environments.
The primary focus of our Community Integration (CI) program is to provide opportunities for adolescents with developmental disabilities to engage and serve as active members in the most integrated settings possible. Our program typically supports individuals who require structured and supervised support beyond home and school settings.
Our dedicated team of Community Facilitators will work 1:1 with clients, teaching skills such as self-advocacy, self-help, and safety awareness skills, as it pertains to accessing the community. In addition, clients learn social-emotional skills that can help them manage their emotions and establish long-lasting relationships. Clients also learn to develop interpersonal skills in preparation for vocational support programs. Such might include establishing flexibility and maintaining personal appearance through positive hygiene habits.
By providing community integrative services, we empower individuals to socialize and build lasting relationships within community settings. In turn, these individuals develop decision making skills that they incorporate into all aspects of their lives, including daily routines, classroom settings, the workplace, leisure activities, and their personal goals.
Although there is an option for families to choose Telehealth, CI services are typically community-based and may take place in the following locations:
We strongly encourage parent or caregiver involvement throughout the course of a child’s treatment plan, as parent participation may accelerate learning outcomes in children receiving ABA services. Through parent training, caregivers learn how to reinforce their child’s developing skills by incorporating them into daily routines, promoting generalization across multiple settings. Parent training sessions provide an opportunity to address specific behaviors, review child’s progress, and discuss goals, concerns, and program development. We offer parent training supports to all parents of children receiving ABA services, providing them with an opportunity to work 1:1 with a skilled and certified clinician to learn the fundamentals of ABA.
Supported Living Services
Supported Living Services, also known as SLS, includes a wide range of supports designed to meet the individual needs and choices of adults diagnosed with intellectual or developmental disabilities. These services support individuals who choose to secure their own living arrangements and choose to maintain their homes independently or with housemates.
We provide opportunities for clients to establish safe and stable living arrangements and assist them in fully maximizing all necessary resources to meet their individual needs and choices. Clients exercise meaningful choice and control, develop independent skills, and work towards long-term goals.
SLS supports are person-centered and outlined in the Individual Program Plan (IPP) with collaboration with the client, his or her Client Service Coordinator, and our SLS Program Director. We work 1:1 with each consumer to execute the appropriate level of supports outlined in his or her IPP. We offer companionship, provide guidance, and encourage clients to build critical relationships with others.