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SUPPORT SERVICES

Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline dedicated to the understanding and improvement of human behavior, as according to the evaluation of the relationships between specific behaviors and the environments in which they take place. Behavior specialists utilize ABA in order to understand how behavior works and how learning takes place.

The focus of home-based behavior intervention is to assist children -generally between the ages of 0 to 7 -in developing skills necessary for functional living. The goal of our ABA program is to decrease clients’ use of target behaviors -such as non-compliance, tantrums, and aggression -by using reinforcement in order to increase their use of more appropriate behaviors.

In ABA intervention, our skilled Behavior Therapists 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 by means of assisting clients in reaching their goals as it pertains only to them.

Social Skills

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.

Community Integration

The primary focus of our Community Integration (CI) program is to integrate children and adolescents with developmental disabilities with their communities by providing them with opportunities to live, work, and serve as active members in society. Through this program, we typically serve children between the ages of 7 and 22 who require structured and supervised support beyond school settings.

Our dedicated Community Facilitators teach clients 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 inclusion 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.

Sessions are 100% community-based and may take place in the following locations:

  • Recreational parks
  • School campuses
  • Police stations
  • Shopping malls
  • In transit
  • Markets
  • Museums
  • Fire stations
  • Public libraries
  • Education programs
  • Community centers
  • Human services agencies
  • Adult education programs
  • Organized sports
  • Vocational training programs

Parent Training

We strongly encourage parent participation in conjunction with the implementation of our support programs. Through our parent training program, we teach parents how to reinforce their child’s newly learned and developing skills by incorporating them into daily routines. Training sessions provide an opportunity to address specific behaviors, review child’s progress, and discuss goals and concerns. Parents also gain the advantage of working one-on-one with case managers and supervisors to understand the fundamentals of applied behavior analysis and to learn about community inclusion and life skills enrichment activities.

We have observed that when skills are not practiced without the presence of our Behavior Therapists and Community Facilitators, or when client’s home experience differs vastly from that which occurs during sessions, it may take longer for clients to learn and ultimately reach their goals. Therefore, we understand that parents who are actively involved in their child’s treatment tend to observe rapid progression with regards to life skills development. We are here to advocate for our families, and we are focused on providing the most adequate delivery of services to our clients so that they may grow and lead fully functional lives.

Supported Living Services

Under our Supported Living Services (SLS) program, adults with physical and developmental disabilities are provided with opportunities to establish stable living arrangements, as according to their needs and personal goals.

SLS includes a variety of services intended to promote independent skills and, through our program, we assist consumers in living as independently as possible within the least restrictive environments. We collaborate with Regional Center case workers to strategize, structure, and produce opportunities for clients to lead fulfilling lives.

Our compassionate SLS Instructors strive to equip consumers with individualized services so that adults with disabilities may exercise choice within secure environments.

In addition, as an organization, we advocate for clients to have control over the environment within their homes, as we believe that members of the population should not be excluded from supported living arrangements based solely on the nature and severity of their disability. Instructors further support clients in maintaining living arrangements that are typical to those of individuals without
disabilities.

Equally important, instructors offer companionship, provide guidance, and further support consumers by encouraging them to participate in social settings and build critical relationships with others. In the same way that children and adolescents learn to utilize essential life skills across multiple settings through our other programs, the goal of our SLS program is to provide a continuum of services within home-based and community settings to adults with developmental and other disabilities as they maximize their independence.

We assist consumers in the following core domains:
  • Living arrangements
  • Self-advocacy
  • Employment
  • Community integration
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Budgeting
  • Meal preparation
  • Personal hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • Public transportation
  • Generic resources
  • College enrollment