S.T.A.R.T. (Support, Training & Research-Based Techniques)

The Riley Center is pleased to offer extended services in the home environment for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder from ages 2 months-14 years.  Using the principles of applied behavior analysis, including function-based behavior management, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) works with parents on a consultation basis to address challenges displayed by their child in the home or community environment.  Following an initial intake observation and assessment, the BCBA will provide parent training on effective teaching strategies, principles of reinforcement, function-based behavior management, and more to empower parents to effectively and ethically change the behavior of their child.  This is a short-term intervention meant to provide treatment to a child’s more extreme behavior that makes life challenging for the family.  Our goal is to make home life more productive and enjoyable for both the child and his or her family.

Common Issues Addressed by the S.T.A.R.T. Program include, but are not limited to:

Behavioral problems such as:

  • Non-compliance
  • Tantrums
  • Aggression
  • Property destruction
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Self-stimulatory behaviors
  • Behavioral feeding problems
  • Toilet training

Behaviors targeted for increase such as:

  • Appropriate interactions with siblings or peers
  • Compliance with task demands
  • Social skills
  • Pre-vocational skills
  • Self-help skills
  • Appropriate behavior on community outings