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The ABA Clinic program at The Riley Center provides individual behavioral therapy based on the principles of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The ABA approach includes specialized instruction in the areas of communication, behavior, cognition, adaptive skills, socialization, and play skills. The ABA approach is individualized for each child based on his or her initial assessment needs. Our program is designed for children between the ages of 2-years to 6-years-old to provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning and acts as the perfect stepping stone to our Early Education program.

We provide research-based procedures using a combination of Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Training, Verbal Behavior, the Early Start Denver Model, generalization, and maintenance to ensure skills acquired are used appropriately in the setting or context of which they should occur. Children work one-on-one with an assigned behavior therapist(s) on their individual goals and needs. Progress is tracked daily using an online data collection service parents have immediate access to from a secure account. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) oversees all cases, program development, and data analysis used to make daily data-driven decisions for each child.

Assessments:  An initial evaluation is conducted on each child prior to entry in the ABA Clinic program. Each child’s skills are assessed using the Verbal Behavior-Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). Individual programs are devised from the VB-MAPP to target specific skill deficits. Formal reassessments take place every 6 months to ensure each child is progressing as expected.

Parent Clinic Meetings:  Each family meets with their child’s case manager on a monthly basis. This provides families with the opportunity to discuss the child’s skill acquisition during clinic-based services, behavioral challenges experienced in the clinic and/or home, and how to maintain a therapeutic environment recommended for their child’s individualized needs. Parents receive training on how to implement discrete trial and natural environment training, manage challenging behaviors using function-based antecedent and consequence modifications, and teach communicative, adaptive, play, and social skills outside the clinic setting.

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