ABA AT A GLANCE:
ABA therapy will apply ABA treatment strategies systematically to increase speech, language, communication, social, play, cognitive, and daily living skills while also focusing on decreasing problem behaviors and barriers to learning. Therapy incorporates learning through play in the natural environment as well as more structured sessions. Also, frequent opportunities for social interaction with peers occur throughout the entire day.
A typical day of ABA therapy begins with a fun and motivating communication and social activity so that the child views learning as fun! This may be followed by functional communication training, circle time and cooperative play, lunch with friends, structured gym time, and independent work time. Antecedent strategies are incorporated into a child’s schedule to help prevent problem 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 “negative” behaviors and teaching more appropriate replacement behaviors. Daily social groups, natural environment teaching, daily living skills training, and community outings may also be a part of the schedule.
Occupational and speech therapy will be provided weekly even if your child’s insurance does not cover the service. 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.
Clinical supervision will be provided for 1-4 hours per week depending on the level of need. Each program coordinator or BCBA supervisor holds a caseload of 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.
Parents meet with their child’s therapist daily to communicate about progress that day. BCBAs are available daily and hold formal progress meetings and trainings at least monthly. Group parent trainings and meet and greets for families occur bi-monthly and include lessons from a research based parent training curriculum. K1ds Count also holds frequent community events for our families as well as a quarterly parents’ night out (PNO).
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
- American Sign Language
- Speech generating devices
- iPad training and consultation
- 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)
- Individualized feeding programming based on SOS approach
- Feeding groups to make food fun!!!
- Trial and evaluation with a speech generating device based in LAMP
- Individual therapy based around LAMP
- Parent training for LAMP
- LAMP group with peers who utilize device with LAMP
- Standardized testing when appropriate
- Daily social groups
- Social skill curriculum
- Community social activities
- Interaction with typical 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
- Community outings
- Vocational training
- and more!
- Functional behavior assessments
- Behavior intervention plans
- Parent consultation, support, and home generalization
- Research based treatment plans
DIETITIAN, PHYSICAL THERAPY, PSYCHOLOGIST
- These services may be a part of your child’s program upon request