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Autism Services

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services are designed to empower parents to provide the support and guidance a child impacted by autism needs to be successful in his or her natural environment. Passion for child and family success is the driving force behind the Autism Services program at Heartspring. We understand the varying needs of children impacted by autism spectrum disorder and our programs are tailored to provide life-changing opportunities for the children and families we serve. Service structure varies by child and can include one-on-one therapy services, parent training, office visits, home visits, coordination of care with other facilities/schools and other therapies and natural environment training. By implementing evidenced-based treatment and individualized programming, the children in our programs often exceed expectations placed upon them by the individuals in their lives.

Research shows if therapy is started early, outcomes are significantly improved over the lifetime of a child impacted by autism. Heartspring’s Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program focuses on a comprehensive intensive service model for children who are under the age of five. Children receive up to 20 to 30 hours a week of therapy in a variety of different settings.

112

Children Served (FY16)

97%

Overall average achievement of or progress on therapy plan goals by children receiving at least six months of ABA services during the past year.

Autism Services Program Serves:

  • Clients ages two through 21 years of age.
  • Clients impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, cognitive impairments or multiple disabilities.
  • Clients with global delays in functioning as well as those who have specific delays in areas of social skill development, language and adaptive life skills.
  • Clients who may not be able to communicate verbally, requiring Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.

Autism Services Program Does Not Serve:

  • Clients who lack a clear Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, mental health diagnosis or lack an intellectual disability.
  • Clients whose primary diagnosis is a psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia, conduct disorder, personality disorder or bipolar disorder (without a co-occurring diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder).
  • Clients with extreme behavior that requires more than one staff to keep the student safe from harm to self or others.
  • Clients who have used weapons towards others or have a history of fire setting.
  • Clients with sexually deviant or sexually aggressive behavior
  • Medically fragile clients who:
    • require ventilators
    • have tracheostomies
    • are unable to independently navigate their environment
    • require medication administration during therapy hours
    • have other medically-related interventions

Therapy Model:

The ABA program offers intensive intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. A large portion of your child’s day will be spent working on individualized program goals that are monitored and updated frequently by your team of experts. As a result of the intense, one-on-one therapy our program provides, your child is given the opportunity to practice and respond to treatment goals at a much higher frequency than if your child would receive them in his/her natural environment which allows your child to gain and master skills at much higher rates than if he/she did not receive therapy. Within all of our programs, we value the pace at which your child may work and adjust our programs to provide enough challenge to make a difference without causing significant distress in their day-to-day functioning. While your child will have his/her own work space, at Heartspring, we have access to various therapy locations that include, but are not limited to: the NEST, a mock home environment; the Treehouse, an outdoor play area; the classroom; the community, etc). This allows for our team to work on transferring skills to the natural environment to ensure mastery and generalization of skills learned in session.

The goal of our programs is to make the best use of each child’s day and teach them the skills needed to be as successful as possible in a more typical setting. This will be accomplished by improving upon each learner’s strengths and building upon areas of deficit, including teaching acquisition of skills and possibly reducing unwanted behaviors.

Autism Services offers a tiered model to help best identify treatment needs and options necessary for your child’s growth. Parental involvement is a key component of our treatment. We provide training on the tools necessary for your child’s growth in the home and natural environments. Based on results from your child’s assessment, your child and family will be placed on one of the following tiers and programs. Tier 1 and Tier 2 follow our comprehensive ABA Services plan while Tier 3 and 4 use our focused ABA services plan. Some children on Tier 4 have the option to participate in CARE Clubs and Camp SSTAR.

Graduation throughout our tiered program is one way we help families understand and monitor progress of their child in our program.

Services Offered:

  • An experienced and knowledgeable team to serve your child which includes a BCBA, BCaBA and/or Autism Specialist, a program coordinator and trained behavior technicians.
  • In-depth assessment and evaluation of your child’s needs.
  • Individualized programming to meet program goals in the following areas:
    • receptive language
    • expressive language
    • nonverbal language
    • joint attention and imitation skills
    • social and recreation/leisure skills
    • community and group readiness skills
    • family environment training and development
    • concept formation skills
    • self-help and independent living skills
    • gross and fine motor development
    • behavior modification

Comprehensive ABA Services:

Comprehensive services include either Functional Behavior Assessments or Functional Analysis as well as in-depth skills assessments in order to provide a broad range of developmental goals to facilitate success in all domains of functioning. This service focuses on all aspects of behavior, daily living skills and adaptive living skills. A complete assessment is conducted on all global delays.


Focused ABA Services:

Focused and intentional review of specific areas of development that will help children become more successful on targeted goals. This services focuses on one or two different areas of the child’s development.


Consultation Services and Autism Outreach:


In order to ensure that all children impacted by autism have access to resources similar to those provided at Heartspring, we offer expertise and guidance for schools, community organizations and private facilities to best meet the needs of those impacted.

How to Enroll:

To complete your registration you will need a username and password. This ensures that your data is secure, and it also allows you to save and return at a later time.

Once you complete your registration, a Heartspring Service Coordinator will be in contact with you to discuss scheduling options. Please feel free to contact us with specific questions. A physician order will be required prior to your initial evaluation to oversee your therapy interventions. Most therapies require an authorization for weekly therapy. Heartspring takes care of this for you but may require your assistance to ensure documentation from your primary care physician is received in a timely manner.

Please have the following information available when completing your registration: Employer information, Insurance information, Physician contact information, Specialty physician contact information and child’s developmental history.

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Applied Behavior Analysis consists of three certified Board Certified Behavior Analysts, three Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, three Autism Specialists and a team of and Individual Support Providers. Each child will get a team comprised of different combinations of these ABA providers based on his or her needs.

Mary Urton

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Natasha Cvetnich

Autism Specialist

Desiree Andrews

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Lacy Cary

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Alexandra Cave

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

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