“Negative words carry negative vibration. Positive words carry positive vibration. What do you want your child to reflect back to you, the label of disordered or the label of gifted in a new way?” Suzy Miller, Awesomism
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB)
Skill Acquisition Training
We are dedicated to providing a welcoming environment where each child can grow and build their skills across a multitude of development areas. Each center offers 1:1 therapy with group learning opportunities so we are able to tailor our programs to each child’s unique needs while providing the frequency, oversight, and quality care our clients deserve and expect.
We understand that children learn best in functional, natural settings. We know that Autism Spectrum Disorders affects not only the child but the family as a whole and as such we offer In-Home ABA services as well. In-Home Services provides us with the opportunity to work on skills such as self-care and daily routines. It also provides us with the opportunity to teach across a variety of naturalistic settings. This approach leads to therapy that is not only beneficial for the client, but also for their family. Although a therapist may be responsible for implementing programs, we understand that communication with parents is the key to success. Parents are encouraged to observe and be involved in therapy sessions. Parent Training is also provided to families of In-Home clients.
Generalization of skills and behavior management strategies are best achieved and maintained when used in a variety of settings. We hold natural environment training at least monthly to allow individuals to practice the skills and techniques they have learned. This also allows them to utilize learned social skills with peers in a variety of settings. All ABA is one-on-one therapy with a behavior technician, but the clients enjoy themselves on outings so much, they don’t even know they’re doing ABA!
Social skill groups are small groups, typically consisting of about two to eight children, that allow each client to interact with peers and practice learned skills in a natural setting. While the client is able to interact with peers in a group, therapy is still provided in a one-on-one setting.
The focus of the group is to help children learn how to interact appropriately with others their age. In a social skills group, children learn how to communicate, develop new friendships, acquire problem-solving skills, gain control over their emotions and pay attention to other people's point of view.
Typically, children learn social skills and customary code of polite behavior, such as knowing when to say “please” or “thank you” simply by observing those around them. However, children with attention issues face difficulty in grasping these social interaction norms.
Social skills are much more than being able to communicate with others. They play an important role in building relationships and being successful in life.
Social group facilitators design various activities like role-playing, games, educational exercises, etc. which help the child learn how to navigate various social situations. The activities are targeted to the specific problem the child may be facing. Occasionally, he/she may find it difficult to start a conversation and other times, they may struggle to keep the conversation going. Taking part in social groups helps them learn from their friends and also allows them to understand body language
We love summertime at Spectrum House! We offer fun and exciting summer programming that includes swimming, team sports, life skills, social games, and more! Each day of the summer program is different. We are continually looking for new activities happening during the summer for our clients to participate in. Each activity is approved by a BCBA to ensure it will benefit the growth and social development of our clients. The children receive hands-on teaching from RBTs in the natural environment. This teaching incorporates life skills and social skills. Our clients engage in ABA therapy in a different, fun way that keeps them engaged and wanting to come to ABA therapy!
FCT is used to teach and establish replacement behaviors for inappropriate or harmful behaviors such as aggression, elopement, non-compliance, or other “meltdown” behaviors
Navigating your child’s IEP can be confusing. We’re here to support you and attend IEP meetings with you. We can be an advocate for you and help you understand the terminology and the process of Special Education services. We also offer natural environment training in the school setting on a case-by-case basis to help your child generalize learned behavioral skills in school.
Parent Training is between the parent(s) and their child’s therapist. Parent Training can be with or without a child present. It can be a time for discussion, a time for planning for school support, or even a time for us to watch and observe the parent(s) and give feedback as to how to make improvements to interaction, language, and activities with a child who has autism.
Together the parent(s) and therapist can focus on so many topics and activities such as reviewing and discussing effective behavioral strategies that can decrease inappropriate behaviors that occur in the home; they can troubleshoot and specifically address issues that the parent(s) has encountered since the previous session; and they can go over how to handle and respond to certain situations so that the parent can appropriately act in the future.
Parent Training is also a time when the therapist can watch, observe and provide feedback to parents. Parents can learn simple ABA techniques for managing problem behaviors, new skills that the parent(s) could implement with their child, how to be proactive with problem behavior, how to have successful community outings (grocery shopping, going to the mall, ordering a meal, etc. – basically anything that the family has trouble with out in the community).
Functional Behavior Assessments
VP-MAPP, ABLLS-R, AFLS, PDDBI, PEAK