About In-Home Programs
Treatment is provided in your home in partnership with families/caregivers and within the context of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured activities to foster development in social interaction, communication and language, cognition, self-help and fine and gross motor development. The intensity of the intervention is dependent upon the needs of each child and ranges from 10-30 hours per week.
Children begin their treatment through an approach that relies upon the creation of a learning rich and visually inviting environment where child- initiated activities are continuously “scaffolded” by adult contributions to expand and enrich the play and interaction.
BIA employs a combination of ABA-based methodologies including:
- Pivotal Response Training
- Discrete Trial Teaching
- Early Start Denver Model
- Picture Exchange Communication (PECS)
- Visually structured learning environments
- Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
WHAT IS ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientifically proven intervention approach for children diagnosed with Autism. Using ABA principles therapists can increase skills and decrease unwanted behavior. Contemporary ABA approaches are flexible, capitalize on a child’s interests and use natural environments for teaching.
A TEAM Approach
To support the child and family we provide a team, of extensively trained staff, employed by BIA:
- Program Implementer (Tutor) – provides daily instruction. 10-30 hours per week, depending on the child’s individual needs and their responsiveness to the program
- Program Manager – provides ongoing supervision of the Program Implementer, parent training and support, and minor curriculum modifications. 3-9 hours per week, depending on the intensity of the program
- Program Director– provides curriculum design, and child assessment and monitoring. 1-2 hours per week
- Parents & Caregivers - Integrates the program model into the family’s daily life
- Other Professionals – Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, etc., based on the needs of the child
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM CURRICULUM
The program focuses on all areas of development, from the acquisition of self-help skills to socialization with peers. All of the programs are individualized to meet the child’s specific needs and pace of learning, with specific goals for:
- Learning Readiness
- Speech, Language and Communication
- Cognitive Skills (pre-academic)
- Play Skills
- Social/Emotional Skills
- Motor Skills (fine and gross)
- Behavior Management
- Daily Living Skills
The initial phase focuses on “learning readiness” skills that are prerequisites for all learning and social interaction. These skills include attending to tasks, responding to cues, and learning basic imitation skills. The child then moves on to a curriculum of language skills and concepts, socially appropriate behavior, play skills, academic skills, and self-help skills. As progress is made, instruction is broadened to include social opportunities (peer play-dates), community activities, and participation in the least restrictive classroom setting.
TRANSITION TO GROUP SETTINGS
Classroom placement is a vital component of a successful program for every child. As the child progresses, their environment is expanded to include several outside activities as well as placement in an appropriate classroom environment. The importance of generalizing skills learned at home to a classroom setting, as well as teaching the child the skills necessary to ultimately learn new information in a classroom setting, cannot be over-stated. If a child needs assistance with a particular aspect of a school placement, the BIA team can provide transition services, which are individualized depending on the needs of the child.