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Assess

using tools such as the VB-MAPP, functional behavior assessments (FBA), and the Vineland II.

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Individual

goals and objectives are created based on client needs and appropriate interventions are implemented.

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Monitor

client progress through data collection which is used to determine when the learner’s goals are mastered.

SERVICES OVERVIEW

Advancing Beyond the Spectrum LLC (ABS) provides evidence-based practices such as, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to individuals 2-21 years of age with developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our team of analysts perform assessments and evaluations using tools such as the VB-MAPP, functional behavior assessments (FBA), and the Vineland II. Our services include but are not limited to in-home ABA services, school consultations, parent training and community support. Our programs are developed based on the need of the individual and designed to help each individual achieve their full potential.

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

“Autism Spectrum Disorders are characterized by significant impairments in social interaction and communication skills, as well as by the presence of extremely challenging behaviors.  Such behaviors include repetitive motor behaviors (hand flapping, body rocking), insistence on sameness, resistance to change and, in some cases, aggression or self-injury. Many individuals with an autism spectrum disorder have significant cognitive impairments, although some have typical or even above average IQs. 30-50% of people with autism also have seizures.”

– Autism Science Foundation (http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/what-is-autism)

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA)

“Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline concerned with the application of behavioral science in real-world settings such as clinics, schools, and industry with the aim of improving socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning” (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968).

VERBAL BEHAVIOR (VB)

“Verbal behavior is shaped and sustained by a verbal environment— by people who respond to behavior in certain ways because of the practices of the group of which they are members. These practices and the resulting interaction of speaker and listener yield the phenomena which are considered here under the rubric of verbal behavior.” (Skinner, 1957a, p. 226)

IN-HOME ABA SERVICES

An in-home ABA program is typically comprised of individualized goals and objectives targeting communication, social, academic, behavioral, and functional domains. Trained behavior analysts assess learner’s present level of performance and utilize these results to develop the individualized goals and objectives. In addition, family preferences and training are prioritized and considered in the program development. Programs are designed to break down complex goals into smaller components that can be easily taught and mastered. Data collection is used to determine when the learner’s goals are mastered. Ongoing assessments are conducted and goals and objectives are amended as needed. Making socially significant changes and promoting independence are the ultimate goals of in-home ABA programs.

Communication

Techniques such as, Verbal Behavior and Discrete Trial Training are used to increase receptive and expressive language skills.

Social

Techniques such as, video modeling and role-playing are used to increase appropriate social interactions with others.

Academic

Techniques such as, Direct Instruction are used to increase the learner’s ability to meet grade level expectations.

Functional

Techniques such as, tasks analysis are used to teach daily living skills
(for example: toilet training and dressing).

Behavioral

Functional behavior assessments are conducted and behavior intervention plans are created to address behavior.

SCHOOL BASED SERVICES

Our trained behavior analysts are available to provide school support by reviewing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and attending school meetings in order to collaborate and allow for comprehensive services. In addition, observations and sessions can be conducted in the school setting when given permission.

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES

Our team works in the community to generalize mastered skills and promote socialization and independence. During community outings, observation, immediate feedback, and training are used to accomplish these goals.