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Each clients’ program is individually tailored to their needs. Typically goals are focused around functional communication and language, appropriate play skills, social skills, self-help skills and address behaviors excesses/ deficits.
Collaborative goals focus on enhancing the family’s capacity and increasing the child’s participation in valued activities.
After School/ Clinic Based:
Natural settings in the child’s community should be incorporated regularly into the intervention services provided. It is critical to helping a child generalize his or her skills for use in real world settings.
Some children benefit from clinic based services which may provide a child with a more structured environment in which he or she learns a variety of important skills. This approach can help children adjust to the routine of going to a different location to learn, thus helping them transition into a school setting.
Social Skills Groups:
Using group-based instruction, skills are taught or facilitated, which allows individuals to interact naturally with their peers through play or other developmentally functional activities.
Using evidence-based and systematic methods of assessment, Emerging Milestones staff identifies areas for support and recommends specific treatment targets and number of hours per week for Intervention Services.
Emerging Milestones also provide consultation services not only to parents/caregivers but also to Service Providers of children with challenging behaviors, social concerns, etc.
A Clinical Director will complete a comprehensive assessment and work with the caregivers to train them on procedures and techniques targeting the needs of the individual.
Consultation for Educational Service Providers can include brainstorming meetings, staff training seminars, curriculum development, and teacher or aide training.
Qualified Licensed Clinical Psychologists can provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents and adults who are thought to have autism spectrum disorder and related disorders.
Because many of the behaviors associated with autism are common to other disorders it is important to get evaluated by a qualified practitioner.
The assessment process generally involves a developmental history interview followed by administration of one or more psychological and/or educational assessment measures.
We provide services for children diagnosed with ASD and related disorders…
The essential features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are deficits in social communication and social interactions. In addition, children with ASD have restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and/or activities. These symptoms are present from early childhood and limit or impair everyday functioning.
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is based on a science derived from the principles of learning and behavior. Principles are applied systematically to improve desired behaviors and reduce non- desired behaviors that may interfere with learning. Techniques are used to focus on defining behaviors, and identifying the antecedents (what happens before a behavior occurs) and consequences (what happens after the behavior) of the behavior. Various techniques are used in a way that can be measured in order to help bring about meaningful behavior change. ABA is considered an evidence-based “best” practice treatment that has passed scientific tests of effectiveness.
There are several therapies based on ABA principles, such as discrete trial learning, pivotal response training, natural environment training and the verbal behavior approach. All of these techniques include data collection to measure progress for target skills or behaviors,are structured, and provide positive and reinforcing strategies.
Intensive ABA Program Description – Our Approach
Emerging Milestones Services are designed to remediate core deficits associated with Autism spectrum disorders. Our program provides best practice behavioral health intervention with a focus on the client’s individual communication skills, self-help skills and behavior excesses/ deficits.
Parent/ guardian/ caregiver participation, training and support is the foundation of a successful and sustainable intervention. Caregivers are required to actively participate in treatment sessions, to learn treatment techniques, and to implement these techniques when the EM team is not in the home.
Caregivers will meet regularly with mid and high level staff to discuss treatment progress and work together during sessions. Caregivers will also be taught the fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis and developing appropriate preventative and reactive strategies to address behavior (s).
The ultimate goal of treatment is to support our clients to a competency level that facilitates discharge from services.