Autism Treatment with ABA Therapy

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Area Locations

Our Florida locations include Orange Park, Florida and Jacksonville, Florida.

Our Georgia locations include St. Marys, Hinesville, Richmond Hill, Columbus and Augusta.

Our South Carolina location includes Beaufort, SC.

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Autism Program

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is important in the treatment of autism. From a behavior-analytic perspective, autism is considered a syndrome of behavioral excesses and deficits. Every behavioral aspect of autism can be addressed using scientifically validated behavioral interventions. Over 25 years of research suggest that early behavioral intervention is essential for the best prognosis. In fact, it is the only treatment method recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General:

“Forty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”

Our autism treatment program focuses on the development of language and other foundational skills. Our language training program is based on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, which allows us to target all aspects of language.

Our Services Include:

  • Language Assessments (either ABLLS-R or VB-MAPP)
  • Center- and home-based 1:1 behavioral therapy
  • Social skills programs
  • Treatment of problem behavior
  • Development and supervision of center- and home-based programs
  • Parent/staff training
  • School consultation
  • Assistance with IEP development

Curriculum

We develop individualized programs for every child. Our Verbal Behavior programs are implemented in a 1:1 setting by either a behavior analyst or behavior assistant. We utilize a wide variety of proven instructional methods, including errorless teaching, discrete trial teaching, prompting, prompt-fading procedures, and natural environment teaching. We believe maintaining a high level of positive reinforcement is essential to keep learning fun and motivating for the child. Our programs focus on teaching the following skills:

 

  • Cooperation
  • Visual Performance
  • Motor Imitation
  • Vocal Imitation (Echoics)
  • Requests (Mands)
  • Receptive Language
  • Labeling (Tacts)
  • Conversational Skills (Intraverbals)
  • Play/Leisure Skills
  • Social Interaction
  • Other necessary skills

Outcomes

We believe that every child, regardless of their disability, or deficits, can make progress. We have found that a comprehensive educational program, a dedicated staff, and involved parents, consistently results in positive outcomes for our clients. Take a minute to review our testimonials that provide inspiration to our families and staff.

So what’s next?

If you would like to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment for a free 30 minute consultation, please call our corporate office: 904-538-0713.

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Social Skills Program

(or PEERS Program)

Facilitated by Registered Behavior Technicians, this program is designed to provide parent-assisted intervention for children (ages 12 – 18) who have teens_friends2difficulties making or keeping friends. This program will have separate parent and student sessions that will meet once a week for 90 minutes, for the entirety of the 14-week program.

The group focuses on skills like having conversations; entering and exiting conversations; electronic forms of communication; including making phone calls to friends; choosing appropriate friends; handling teasing, bullying and other forms of rejection; handling arguments and disagreements with friends; and having appropriate get-togethers with friends, including being a good host and a good sport.

Parents are taught how to help their teens make and keep friends by acting as social coaches outside of the group. During the teen session, teens are presented with a lesson and then practice whatever skill they just learned while participating in socialization activities or playing board games, card games or outdoor sports. Homework assignments are also given each week to make sure teens are practicing the skills they are learning.

Some of inclusion criteria for this program to be successful for a child are as follows:

  • Teen is in Middle School or High School
  • IQ above 70
  • Teen has social and/or behavioral problems
  • Teen and parent are both fluent in English
  • Parent/Guardian is willing to participate
  • Teen must be willing to participate and attend the groups voluntarily

Exclusion criteria, where this program would most likely not be beneficial/successful are:

  • Major mental illness (schizophrenic, bipolar, etc.)
  • Physical disability (preventing outdoor play)
  • Medical condition (preventing participation)

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Problem Behavior Reduction

Many of our clients exhibit problem behavior ranging in frequency and intensity from minor to severe. In such cases, the Behavior Analyst conducts a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) to identify hypotheses regarding the causes – or functions – of problem behavior. After the functions of and situations in which problem behavior is likely to occur have been identified, research-based and function-specific interventions are devised to assist in reducing occurrences of problem behavior while teaching and increasing appropriate replacement skills. Reaching Milestone’s Behavior Analysts have extensive experience in treating a variety of these behaviors including, but not limited to:

 

  • Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB)
  • Physical Aggression
  • Property Destruction
  • Tantrums
  • Task-Refusal/Non-Compliance
  • Elopement
  • Pica
  • Food Refusal
  • Rumination

See Abstract Example of Problem Behavior Reduction

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Development of Basic Self-Help Skills

right6Improving our clients’ independence in completing their daily routines is critically important. We provide training programs on a variety of skills which improve the lives of our clients and their families. Some of these skills include:

  • Food Acceptance
  • Toilet Training
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Physical Fitness and Exercise