Assessments & Skill Acquisition Plans
A thoughtful assessment and treatment plan is critical for quality ABA treatment. We endeavor to properly assess and understand behavioral areas of concern by using multiple behavior assessment tools to help understand why certain behaviors are occurring. We utilize the learnings of the assessment to inform the development of a behavior intervention plan to decrease problematic areas while introducing helpful new behaviors.
We also administer skill and language assessments to gain understanding of skills across critical developmental domains such as early communication, language, socialization, listening, attentiveness, play and self-care. We use the results of these assessments to design programs to develop and teach adaptive behaviors and skills in many of these significant developmental areas. We believe that a clear and thorough assessment of the child and the child’s environment is integral to the formation of an individualized treatment plan.
JoyBridge focuses heavily on the importance and value of intentional parent training. We provide parents and guardians of our clients with education and support to help them gain valuable skills to partner in helping their children succeed. This is a vital part of our services. We help customize plans around each family’s unique situation. Parent Training helps ensure that parents are educated on their children’s progress and plans.
A key element of Parent Training is helping parents learn how to utilize some basic ABA methods at home, so that efforts are consistent across environments. We believe that parents, family members, and other peers can play a significant role in the success of ABA intervention. Anyone that interacts with an individual with autism can benefit from ABA strategies to ensure that the efforts are consistent in every environment, including the home.
Having supportive family members and friends who consistently use the strategies of ABA can catalyze significant growth. Parents who are eager to learn from these techniques are vitally important for maximizing a child’s outcome.
Play & Social Skills
One of the most challenging aspects of raising children with autism is to help nurture and develop positive Play & Social Skills. Many individuals acquire behaviors, responses, and social skills without being overtly instructed. Thus, it can be easy to not be aware that children with autism need help learning certain skills. It can be often be difficult to pick up on social cues without instruction and assistance.
Play and Social Skills programs can be highly effective in teaching appropriate greetings, interactions, and social behavior. For children, social skills training can help model and instruct how to thrive in a variety of typical daily settings such as a schoolroom, playground, home, or even a more public environment like a restaurant.
There is often a substantial benefit for children with autism to utilize Occupational Therapy to help in their development. Occupational Therapists utilize various strategies to address daily life skills, motor development, adaptive skills, self-regulation and sensory needs, as well as social participation. Adaptive and life competencies include things like brushing teeth, writing, toileting, opening containers, and basic daily life preparation.
Children who are challenged with sensitivity to touch, light and sound sensitivity, as well as balance and positioning in space can benefit from Occupational Therapy. JoyBridge utilizes different rooms in the same clinic to deliver Occupational Therapy in addition to ABA therapy. This provides a really valuable complement of transformational services in one place.
Problem Behavior Reduction
A component of ABA is identifying the purpose of behaviors and understanding the goal of that behavior. If parents are interested to learn how to better help children with autism with difficult behaviors, ABA can potentially be of great help. One of our key objectives is to analyze the environmental contexts where problematic behaviors occur in order to understand why they are happening. We then work to build a plan to move towards reducing those problematic behaviors.
We conduct extensive functional behavior assessments where we observe variables such as the environment and people involved as well as what happened before and after the behavior. By then evaluating and analyzing these variables, we can better understand the function of a specific behavior. We then develop a behavior intervention plan to teach a more socially appropriate behavior that can result in improved outcomes while eliminating the problem behavior.
Speech Therapy is a often a critical service for children with autism and other communication challenges. As a result, we provide access to Speech Therapy services in our clinic to clients participating in our ABA programs. Our teams work together to design programs that maximize communication in tandem with the client’s behavior therapy.
Performing these multiple functions as a team fosters more optimized communication that is centered on providing outstanding care. Having these offerings in one service location to receive ABA and speech therapy helps drive excellent results while also providing a simplified experience for children and parents.
ABA is the applied use of principles and methods of behavior analysis to create meaningful changes in socially important behaviors. Over 30 years of research has demonstrated the effectiveness of ABA for treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children who receive early, intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) have demonstrated positive improvements in their development.
ABA focuses on improving positive behaviors and eliminating negative behaviors in order to teach a variety of skills (such as communication, adaptive skills, feeding, and toilet training, etc.). Interventions using applied behavior analytic principles have long been established as effective approaches to increase appropriate behaviors and decrease problem behaviors for individuals with ASD. The success of ABA can lead to significant improvements in many areas such as the ability to more effectively communicate, following instructions, socialization and play, as well as developing critical daily living skills.