Parent & Caregiver Training

Parent & Caregiver

Training for Parents & Caregivers of Children With Autism

JoyBridge Kids focuses heavily on the importance and value of intentional parent support. We provide parents and caregivers with education and support to help them gain valuable skills in helping their children succeed throughout their daily lives. This is a vital and foundational part of our services. Parent support/training is based on each family’s unique culture, situation, and priorities of need.

A key element of Parent & Caregiver Training is helping parents learn how to utilize basic Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods at home, so that efforts are consistent across environments. We believe that parents, family members, and siblings play a significant role in teaching developmentally appropriate skills throughout naturally occurring family routines (i.e. breakfast or bedtime). BCBA’s provide parent training sessions on a bi-weekly basis (minimum) that focus on parent priorities, including setting up and implementing routine-based interventions (i.e. structured tantrum-free bedtimes!), decreasing maladaptive behaviors (i.e. aggression), implementing toilet training, teaching communication, and setting up family community outings for success. JoyBridge Kids utilizes several parent training curriculums that are individualized based on family needs, and concepts that are taught throughout Behavioral Skills Training (BST) to ensure family members can effectively implement those strategies in the home environment.

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. JoyBridge Kids families are expected to participate in caregiver training with their child’s BCBA, and will also be encouraged to observe and participate in ABA, SLP, and OT sessions with their child’s core team of staff.

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Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy for Your Child With Autism

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 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. This provides a really valuable complement of transformational services in one place.

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Speech Therapy for Kids


Speech Therapy for Your Child With Autism

Speech therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists) assess, evaluate and treat a variety of populations that experience difficulty communicating. The scope of practice for speech-language pathologists is vast, and encompasses areas such a speech-sound disorders, language, swallowing/feeding, social skills and cognitive/executive functioning. Treatment approaches will vary depending on the needs of the child.

The Role of Speech Therapy in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

At JoyBridge Kids, we believe interprofessional collaboration is the gold standard model of care for children with Autism and developmental disabilities. We believe the integration of multiple therapy disciplines allows us to provide a holistic approach that most effectively supports the whole child and accelerates progress. Not only do our learners receive individualized one-on-one speech therapy sessions, but our SLP’s also support our registered behavior technicians (RBT’s) in carrying over and implementing our therapeutic approaches to communications throughout the course of the child’s day at JoyBridge. The speech therapist also collaborates with each child’s BCBA to help develop both functionally and developmentally appropriate skill acquisition goals for ABA therapy based on the child’s current strengths, abilities and communication modality.

Some children with Autism may benefit from other communicative modalities such as alternative/augmentative communication (AAC). A communication device, whether electronic or static, is beneficial in supporting verbal communication in addition to learning social functions such as requesting, commenting, negating, asking questions and initiating conversation. AAC devices are often recommended for children that are minimally verbal and/or lack intelligibility when speaking. At JoyBridge Kids, our speech-language therapists will evaluate your child’s needs, and determine which type of AAC device is most appropriate for both the child and the family. After a device is selected, the child’s entire therapy team and their family members will receive ongoing coaching and support on use of the device, and how to support the child utilizing communication skills throughout their day.

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ABA Therapy in Tennessee


How ABA Therapy Can Help Your Child With Autism

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is the applied use of principles and methods from behavioral science 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 teaching a variety of developmentally appropriate skills (such as communication, learning readiness, play skills, independent toileting, etc.) and on reducing maladaptive behaviors (i.e. aggression, elopement, pica). Interventions using applied behavior analytic principles have long been established as an effective approach 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, receptive and expressive language, socialization and play, pre-academics, as well as developing critical daily living skills.

At JoyBridge Kids, we only utilize evidence-based practices rooted in ABA that are implemented by certified clinicians who deliver effective, child-centered therapy in a loving and sensitive approach.

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