1.) Daycare, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
CARE provides this treatment to young children who need support to develop social skills in the natural environment with their peers in a setting that helps strengthen their interactions with others. This environment is ideal for targeting the 3 core symptoms of autism: communication, social skills, and repetitive behavior. One weakness of this setting is that a child can model inappropriate behaviors depending on the environment.
The Certified Behavior Technician provides the following support in this setting:
- Increases social and communication skills
- Antecedent and Consequence Strategies based on ABA principles to prevent and manage challenging behavior.
- Promote functional behavior that improves the quality of life
- Show concern for the well being of other students and promote a positive learning environment for the classroom.
- May assist students from their transition from home to a more social environment.
2.) ABA In-Home Services
We provide treatment in this environment and believe it is a ideal setting for teaching children adaptive skills. Examples of adaptive skills include: brushing their teeth, working on hygiene, changing their clothes, preparing meals, eating new foods, and potty training. It also is a good environment for functional communication training using the verbal behavior approach. Discrete trial training is also a sound method depending on the needs of the child in this environment. The weakness of this setting is that their are limited social opportunities if the child has few friends, family has a busy schedule, or the child has no siblings.
3.) Community Based ABA Treatment
This type of environment is ideal for higher functioning adults learning how to take care of themselves independently or people learning new social skills with peers. Examples of skills learned in the community would be independently purchasing items, taking the bus to school or an internship, or visiting a friend, and practicing social skills.
BCBA Supervision is included in all settings
Supervision can be provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to Registered Behavior Technicians ( AKA Certified Behavior Technicians in WA) in various settings. BCBA's conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessments which can include observations, interviews, looking at previous medical history, family history, the clinical psychologists diagnosis, baseline data, specific assessments, an analysis of the function of the behavior, and other miscellaneous information. Continued BCBA supervision allows for quality assurance measures and consistency across our different forms of services. CARE BCBA's hold joint meetings with family members, para-educators, teachers, principals, other BCBA's, Psychologists, OT's, and SLP's. The goals of collaboration is to meet both school district IEP goals and goals from the CARE treatment plan.