ABES, Inc. Services

Home Based Intervention – Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services take place in the child’s natural environment.  This allows us to incorporate everyday triggers into the program.  All areas of development are targeted through breaking down skills into their smallest components and building upon them through the use of positive reinforcement, practice and prompting.

Center Based Intervention – Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services are conducted at the ABES clinic allowing for a more structured and controlled environment.  The clinic can increase motivation for the learner and promote positive behavior.

Speech-Language Therapy – Speech and language therapy addresses challenges with language and communication. It helps children with autism improve their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication. The overall goal is to help the child communicate in more useful and functional ways.

Early Infant Intervention – This program targets children under the age of 3.  It teaches kids the foundational skills for learning such as imitation, matching, completion of closed-ended tasks and compliance.

Community Based Intervention – This program allows us to generalize the skills learned in a one-to-one environment into the community. Through the use of ABA techniques, ABES provides community-based instruction to increase independence, safety, and socialization.

Behavior Management – ABES offers therapy to build age-appropriate skills and to decrease or eliminate troublesome behaviors that may be preventing the child from learning or interacting socially. These behaviors may include: aggression, noncompliance, tantrums, bed-wetting and self-injury.

Parent Training – ABES’s parent training program is designed to help parents and family members understand and participate in the child’s skill development.

Social Skills Training & Groups – Prerequisite social skills are taught in a one-to-one setting.  Once these skills are mastered the learner is placed in a dyad with another peer allowing the child to generalize the skills from an adult to a peer.  The number of peers increases as the skills are generalized.  Learning to work and play within a group is critical to positive social and academic interactions.

School Consultation & Collaboration – ABES wants to help individuals with autism reach their full potential within their home life as well as their community. For children this starts at school where they spend most of their day interacting with others and socializing.  These services include behavior assessments, needs assessments, teacher consultation, aide training, modification of curriculum, inclusion consultation, and social facilitation consultation. ABES will work along side the child’s school district to ensure that your child reaches all goals.

Methodologies Utilized

Several interventions have been scientifically validated to improve the prognosis of a child diagnosed with autism. Behavior analysis does not limit the learning process solely to the individual’s capabilities, but instead on learning new skills.

At ABES we practice many different methodologies that have been proven and backed by research to help improve your child’s life.

Behavior analytic treatment uses reinforcement in structured and natural environments to help individuals learn new skills. Skills ranging from simple to complex are broken down into small, measurable units and are taught systematically. A high priority goal is making it enjoyable for the learner. Through carefully planned guidance and reinforcement, the learner is more likely to exhibit appropriate behavior during and after the teaching interaction. In contrast, problem behaviors are not reinforced.

The Picture Exchange Communication System is an augmentative communication system developed for individuals with autism and other social-communicative deficits. PECS uses only pictures and words to help individuals communicate. Requesting and commenting are skills that are simultaneously developing in young, typical children. These functional acts are maintained through contact with social and tangible rewards.

Pivotal Response Training is a set of instructional strategies that can increase a learner’s motivation and teach important skills. For learners with autism, this effect is extremely important. Oftentimes, learners with autism are not motivated to participate in social or educational interactions. When learners are motivated, they can learn so much more. PRT incorporates struggles that help parents and teachers make the most of the learner’s skills and choices in everyday settings. Also, parents can learn how to use PRT during instructional time and throughout daily activities.

Learning a new skill or keeping occupied during down time can be difficult for learners with autism. An activity schedule is a tool that they can use to help promote their independence during play, leisure, and academic time. An activity schedule is a set of pictures or words that cues a sequence of activities. Additionally, schedules help promote choice and can set the occasion for initiations to others.

Various social skills curriculum are utilized to teach social skills to the learner with autism. Social skills impact every part of our daily lives. They are used at home, school and out in the community. Since social skills are an important ingredient in life success, ABES makes sure that children with autism acquire these skills or learn social rules to compensate for what does not come naturally.

Learners with autism can sometimes tell what to do in a given situation, but when that situation arises, they do not behave in a corresponding manner. We often assume that saying equals knowing which then should translate to doing, but the “say-do” correspondence is often lacking. Behavioral Skills Training focuses on teaching what to do rather than what to say.