ABA Therapy for Autism
Applied Behavior Analysis, with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior
Therapy is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis with special attention given to learning Verbal Behavior.
We provide home-based ABA therapy with a Verbal Behavior approach to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) a variety of skills with special attention given to increasing language/communication skills. With this focus, your child is taught the power of using words to communicate. As a result, many behavior problems are decreased since most of the time a child uses problem behavior (i.e., crying, screaming, aggression) to communicate.
This includes specializing in treatment based on Discrete Trial Teaching, Natural Environment Teaching, and a specific focus on teaching language skills through a Verbal Behavior approach based on the works by Mark Sundberg, Ph.D, BCBA, James Partington, Ph.D., BCBA, Vince Carbone, Ph.D., BCBA and Lynn & Robert Koegel, Ph.D, among others
Highly-qualified professionals who adhere to strict standards.
We combine our services to provide the perfect fit for your child.
We are passionate about our work as well as assuring that state-of-the art, effective and ethical programs are used in teaching your child the critical skills necessary, including critical “learning to learn” skills- that will help your child achieve success on his or her own.
Our teaching methods are based on making learning FUN!
We use child-established reinforcers and motivation as our cornerstone to effective treatment. We utilize the natural learning environment to teach through motivation!
Additionally, we use a family-centered approach whereas parents/guardians as well as other providers are encouraged to participate and follow-through on teaching techniques as well as behavior reduction techniques.
Based on your child’s ongoing assessment, we tailor our instruction to ensure an individualized treatment plan.
Although many therapists do an admirable job, children with autism typically do not respond to conventional treatment methods.
Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder lack focus, motivation, and typically engage in behaviors that “get in the way” of treatment by other professionals on his/her treatment team such as developmental, occupational, and physical therapists.
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No “cookie-cutter” approach here!
We typically utilize the Verbal Behavior Milestones and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and/or the Assessment of Basic Language & Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R) to specifically design goals and objectives with a typical-development approach. This assessment, in addition to parent interview and direct observation ensures an individualized program.
We offer a family-centered approach and our staff are dedicated to working together in a multidisciplinary approach to treatment so therapy is consistent and effective.
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Why Harmony Autism Therapy?
- We follow treatment designs that follow best-practice methods
- Supervision by a Senior BCBA with 20 years experience
- Treatment is delivered in the natural environment- your home and the community
- Our Senior BCBA holds a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education
- Staff maintain direct and frequent contact to the BCBA
- Fully-credentialed Behavior Analyst Early Intervention Provider
- ABA emphasis in Verbal Behavior- teaching through motivation
Treatment Plan & Progress
The BCBA manages the treatment plan and team. The treatment plan includes programs (lessons) that target skill deficits and behavior management that includes a BIP (behavior intervention plan) that targets excess behaviors.
To determine treatment plan the BCBA will:
- Review your child’s intake file which will include your child’s history and parent’s description of strengths, deficits, concerns and goals.
- Schedule with parent and do an initial intake visit (60-90 minutes).
- Observe the child and family as they would typically behave without intervening for (30-60 minutes).
- Observe the child at school or other location where your child spends most of his/her day.
Following the observation the BCBA will conduct a brief interview with parent regarding the observation, discuss goals and barriers, and review tips on preparing for the first team meeting.If possible, the BCBA or a Senior Behavior Analyst will return for 1-3 sessions to complete a skills assessment before treatment begins.
Assessment tool is determined by the BCBA based on record review, parent interview and direct observation.
Evaluation & Assessment Tools
Some tools we use:
- Assessment of Basic Language & Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R)
- Verbal Behavior-Milestones and Placement Protocol (VB-MAPP)
- Essential for Living (EFL)
- Skills, Inc.
Using all the gathered information and observation the BCBA will develop a treatment plan. A care plan is required to bill insurance for services.
An individualized plan is developed based on your child’s individual needs according to the results of the evaluation, interview with parents, teachers and other professionals as well as direct observation. This plan is especially useful for developing an IFSP/IEP, with not only goals and objectives that are appropriate, but simple to quantify progress.
Deciding What to Teach and When
Our most used assessment tool is the Assessment of Basic Language & Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R). This assessment tool is the foundation of our curriculum development. An initial overview of your child’s medical, psychological, and educational history is conducted prior to treatment. If your child attends other educational or treatment settings, an observation of those settings is conducted in order to complete a direct observation of your child in his/her natural environment and/or other familiar settings and with familiar people.
Following these steps, a curriculum of instruction is developed to teach skills in the following possible domains based on your child’s need:
- Cooperation & Reinforcer Effectiveness
- Visual Performance
- Receptive Language
- Gross/Fine Motor Imitation
- Expressive Language
- Requesting (manding)
- Labeling (tacting)
- Intraverbals (conversation)
- Spontaneous Vocalization
- Play & Leisure
- Social Interaction
- Self-Help Skills (grooming, eating, toileting)…and many others.
Measuring Progress and Modifying Plans
Observing Therapist & Child Interactions
Depending on the needs of the child a meeting is scheduled every 1-3 weeks. At these meetings the child, parents and other family members, BCBA and/or Senior Behavior Specialist, and Behavior Technicians come together to update the treatment plan. Programs (lessons) and Behavior Intervention plans are modified and updated as needed.
We work directly with parents and caretakers by training them in techniques to use in the natural environment.
Parents and caretakers are observed and feedback is given in-vivo, making training realistic and effective.