Our therapeutic approach is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and incorporates evidence-based strategies that have been proven effective for helping children, working within a developmental framework. Using the process outlined below, we create a treatment program that is individual to your child and tailored to the needs of your family.
Assessment and Program Development
Our BCBA will meet with you and your child to conduct the initial skills assessment, which can include: communication, cognitive, imitation, play and social skills, toilet training, cooperation, and behavior problems.
We utilize a variety of skills assessments for our clients, including:
- The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R)
- The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
- The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Curriculum Checklist
- The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
- Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
- The Pervasive Developmental Disorders Behavior Inventory (PDDBI)
- The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS-III)
After the assessment is complete, and the results have been reviewed, the BCBA will schedule a meeting with the parents to discuss treatment goals and objectives.
Sessions will then begin with your child’s ABA therapists in the home, community, or school setting. In the beginning, staff will work on gaining instructional control and pairing, establishing themselves as a conditioned reinforcer. We want your child to run to us, not from us. Pairing is an important part of the process for our staff to establish a positive relationship with your child. We believe that learning should be fun and that children learn through play and by what motivates them.
Sessions are structured so that every 15 minutes staff and your child, change activities to keep the pace of learning moving, varied, and engaging. Activities that staff will promote to engage your child, include: art, science, creative cooking, music and movement, table time, behavior fit, reading, and play and leisure skills.
Data-Based Decision Making
The data collected during your child’s therapy session is used by the BCBA to continually monitor and evaluate your child’s progress. At Summit, we use an online HIPAA compliant data collection platform. This secure system allows for a wide variety of real time data collection, including measures of frequency, duration, accuracy, task analysis, fluency, DTT, as well as collecting information regarding antecedents and consequences for challenging behavior.
Data collected through our platform is summarized in real time as the ABA therapists enter it into the device. Meaning, the BCBA supervising your child’s program is able to use the system to analyze the graphed data in twenty different dimensions even when they are not at your house. They then make data-based decisions from these visual analyses, on a daily or weekly basis, to keep ensure that your child’s treatment program is maximized and progressing.
Given the complexity of ASD and the challenges parents face, it is often beneficial and even necessary for them to implement intervention strategies in the home or community. Direct parent involvement has become widely accepted as part of a total autism intervention program (National Research Council, 2001).
Part of our mission is to empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child’s intervention through parent training, parent meetings, and parental involvement in their child’s program development. As parents are integral to the success of their child’s treatment, parent training is a mandatory part of our ABA service-delivery program. Additionally, data on parent involvement is required from our funding sources. The BCBA will collaborate with you to identify parent training goals that will best fit your family’s needs. These goals will be objective, measurable, and data will be collected by the parent in the Parent Data notebook, to ensure progress with goals.