Focused puts dignity at the forefront. We utilize a group approach over a sole individual learning space with little social opportunity and generalization opportunity. We have a schedule much like a traditional education program so children can more easily move on to kindergarten and be much more successful. We put attending above eye contact, engage in stims along with the children, and are not intending to take away the Autism or individual characteristics, but to merely help individuals be the best they can be while retaining the essence of who they are, as Temple Grandin says. Our teens take a large part in creating their own goals utilizing the values they identify to live a happier and meaningful life to them, not society. We are often asking what socially acceptable behavior really is, teach self-advocacy, and push for Autism acceptance.
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis: the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968).
ABA is a scientifically valid approach to understanding behaviors (in ABA terms, discovering the "function"), hence, understanding equals the ability to change!
ABA focuses on observable, and measurable behaviors. Yes, this includes "private events" (thoughts, memories, emotions)
ABA uses the principles of learning to increase or decrease behaviors (think about it for a second. . . a "behavior" includes a lot!), and it generalizes learned behaviors (meaning that the learner can use new skills with multiple individuals, in different situations, and in many different environments)
ABA utilizes research-based interventions to teach skills and increase/decrease behaviors.
ABA relies on data collection and analysis to determine the best intervention in teaching new skills/behaviors, and reducing challenging behavior.
How much and how long do children need ABA therapy?
Research supports "focused" and "comprehensive" ABA which consists of 10-40 hours per week of ABA. Please click HERE for more information on the dosage and benefit of ABA. ABA is an on-going therapy that can change and grow with your child to cater to their ever-changing needs as they continue to grow older. It can be as little as 6-months, but as much as 3+ years.
What about school?
Children should be able to get the best of both worlds! Compulsory age for school is 8 in WA. We do offer pre-school programs, and many of our clients opt for half school days, dual enrollment (homeschool with chosen public school courses with IEP services), focus on ABA and if wanted IEP services through public school, attend private school (many allow us in), or homeschooling groups/coops with our support as needed. We have staff who are very familiar with all parent/guardian options to help your child succeed. Since ABA is a medically necessary treatment, we can provide excused absences.
How can I get services in school?
We love to collaborate to the best of our ability! Here is information to help obtain Medically-Necessary ABA in-school settings: Click HERE, HERE, and HERE.