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Achieve is now offering ABA services!!!

At Achieve, we believe that we can help all children achieve dreams through hard work with a dedicated treatment team. Therefore, we are expanding our services to include applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA is the gold standard therapy for children on the autism spectrum. As the rate of autism approaches 1 out of 68 children, a team approach that includes ABA therapy for children with autism is a necessity. At Achieve, we combine ABA with occupational and speech therapy in order to create a unique and comprehensive therapy experience that positively impacts the lives of both the child and family.

 

What is ABA? 

The Gold Standard - 

ABA is the gold standard for autism treatment, especially when combined with other treatments such as speech and occupational therapies. It is most often provided intensively for 10-40 hours per week with a 1:1 therapist to child ratio. It decreases behavioral problems and barriers to learning by systematically applying behavioral principles to everyday situations and skills, that will decrease targeted behaviors or increase replacement behaviors. ABA also teaches new skills, such as speech, language, increased attention and sitting behavior, self-help skills, potty training, social skills, and more.

Data -

ABA uses objective data to drive decision-making about a childs program. Data is taken throughout the entire day of therapy on frequency of behaviors to be reduced, variables surrounding barriers to learning, and support needed for new skills. The data is often represented on a graph in order to provide the therapists and parents a visual of progress over a period of time. Intervention is then adapted when needed based on conclusions from collected data on each behavior or skill.

What Skills Are Addressed Through ABA? -

Any socially significant skill or behavior may be addressed through ABA principles. Socially significant behaviors include communication, speech and language skills, social skills, academics, adaptive living skills, gross and fine motor skills, toileting, dressing, eating, personal self-care, domestic skills, and work skills.

 How Much ABA Does My Child Need? -
The intensity of services depends on the needs of the child. Research supports, at a minimum, 20 hours per week of intensive behavioral intervention for young children diagnosed with autism for 12 months per year. The maximum amount of therapy per week is typically 40 hours per week.

 The Role Of The Parent -
No one knows a child better than the parent. The BCBA/SLP first interviews the parent during the evaluation to help gain a baseline of the childs present skills. This is an important part of developing a treatment plan. The parent then meets with the therapist daily and attends monthly meetings to discuss progress. It is very important for the parent to carry over all strategies and skills to the natural environment for learning to occur in all settings.

 What Assessment Tools Are Needed? -
The assessment combines the use of ABA, speech, and occupational therapy assessments. These include the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS-II) or the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF-5), Preschool Language Scale (PLS), Sensory Profile, Functional Analysis Screening Tool (FAST), and preference assessments. The parent or caregiver interview is also an important part of all assessments.

 Intervention -
Achieve uses a variety of research based interventions such as discrete trial training (DTT), Natural environment training (NET), Functional Communication Training (FCT), Functional Analysis (FA), Incidental Teaching (IT), the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) training. Other strategies include the use of sensory integration, visual schedules, social stories, video modeling, and more

 Funding -
Some insurance providers cover intensive ABA therapy services. We work with families every step of the way to help you to secure other supplemental funding sources if needed. We have special packages for services as well.

 A Week At A Glance -

Each week, your child will receive between 5-40 hours per week of 1-on-1 ABA therapy depending on his or her individual needs. The therapy will be provided by a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) or a professional with a related degree who is in training for RBT certification.

 

Supervision by a BCBA will be provided for 1-4 hours per week depending on the level of need. Each BCBA supervises fewer than 10 children each week to allow your child to have the maximum amount of professional attention in and outside of therapy. BCBAs are available to consult with you over the phone when your child is not in therapy.

Occupational and speech therapy will be provided weekly to bi-weekly on a direct or consultative basis. It is a necessity for treatment of autism to include a speech and occupational therapist on the team to adequately address speech and language skills, sensory processing, fine and gross motor development, and independence with activities of daily living.

A typical day of ABA therapy begins with a fun and motivating communication and social activity so that the child views learning as fun! In addition, approximately 4 structured 15-30 minute intensive speech and language training sessions based on the principles of ABA are part of each childs daily schedule. Sensory diets are followed every hour to help prevent maladaptive behavior and make sure that their bodies and minds are always ready to learn and participate. Each child has a behavior plan focusing on reducing negativebehaviors and teaching more appropriate replacement behaviors. Daily social groups, natural environment communication teaching, daily living skills training, and community outings are also a part of the schedule.

Special Services Within Our ABA Program:

Speech, Language, and Communication

  • Standardized testing when appropriate
  • Intensive verbal behavior training
  • Daily speech and Language development
  • On-site Augmentative and Alternative Communication evaluations and training
  • PECS
  • American Sign Language
  • Speech generating devices
  • IPad training and consultation

 Sensory Needs

  • Direct and consultative weekly or bi-weekly sessions with an occupational therapist

  • Development of sensory diet based on completion of the Sensory Profile
  • Trials with sensory items to meet the type of regulation needed for each child
  • Implementation and monitoring of sensory strategies
  • Support with community activities affected by sensory challenges (e.g. hair cuts, dental appointments, going to the store)

 Social Skills

  • Standardized testing when appropriate
  • Daily social groups
  • Social skill curriculum
  • Community social activities
  • Interaction with peers

Cognitive Skills and Academics

  • Treatment plans that address attention to task
  • Incorporation of appropriate academic goals and skills
  • Classroom support and consultation
  • Environmental supports that facilitate academic success

Activities Of Daily Living

  • Sensory based feeding groups
  • Potty training
  • Dressing
  • Hygiene
  • Community outings
  • Vocational training
  • and more!

Behavior

  • Functional behavior assessments
  • Behavior intervention plans
  • Parent consultation, support, and home generalization
  • Research based treatment plans

Physical Therapy

  • These services may be a part of your childs program upon request
 

 

      

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