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SUPPORT SERVICES

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Intervention

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.

The focus of home-based behavior intervention is to assist children with developmental disabilities, generally up to the age of seven, in developing skills necessary for functional living. The goal of our ABA program is to decrease clients’ use of target behaviors –such as defiance, tantrums, and aggression –by using positive reinforcement in order to increase their use of more appropriate behaviors.

Positive reinforcement involves teaching new skills by not reinforcing negative behaviors and by rewarding those which are desired. Desired behaviors may include following instructions, engaging in sharing, and using sounds and words to communicate. In ABA intervention, our skilled behavior therapists observe clients in order to learn what their interests are and understand what motivates them. Therapists then use their analyses in order to teach clients new and functional behaviors. What makes ABA intervention successful is that each behavior support plan is individualized and, therefore, executed by means of assisting clients in reaching their goals, as it pertains to each case.

Social Skills

Many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face challenges that affect all areas of social communication; common symptoms include avoiding eye contact and play interaction, which ultimately hinders 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 our Social Skills program, 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 the program is for clients to obtain skill mastery in all levels of social functioning, including interactions with their environments.

Community Integration (CI) Program

The primary focus of our CI program is to integrate our youth and adolescents with developmental disabilities into their communities by providing them with opportunities to live, work, and co-exist seamlessly, despite previously known limitations. The CI program typically serves school-aged children and young adults up to the age of 22 who require structured and supervised supports beyond school settings.

By providing community inclusion services, we encourage individuals to socialize and build lasting relationships within community settings. These individuals develop decision making skills that they, in turn, incorporate into all aspects of their lives, including daily routines, classroom settings, the workplace, leisure activities, and their overall personal goals.

Our Community Facilitators may teach clients self-advocacy, self-help, and safety awareness skills, as it pertains to accessing the community. In addition, clients may also learn social-emotional skills that can help them manage their emotions and establish long-lasting relationships. Clients may also learn to develop interpersonal skills in preparation for vocational support programs. Such might include establishing flexibility and maintaining personal appearance with positive hygiene habits.

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
  • Community centers
  • Human services agencies
  • Adult education programs
  • Organized sports

Parent Training

In addition to providing support services to our clients, we also offer parent training to their families, in which we teach them how to implement behavior modification strategies outside of therapy sessions.

We strongly encourage parent participation in conjunction with the implementation of our support programs. We realize that parents who are actively involved in their children’s treatment tend to observe more rapid progression in life skills development.

We also encourage families to reinforce newly learned and developing skills by incorporating them into clients’ daily routines. We have observed that when skills are not practiced at home, without the presence of our Behavior Therapists, or when clients’ home experience differs vastly from that which occurs during sessions, it may take longer for clients to learn and reach their goals. 

We are here to advocate not only for our clients, but for our families as a whole. We are focused on providing the most adequate delivery of services to our clients so that they may grow and lead fully functional lives.

Parent Training