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ABLE staff are trained to offer various behavior services via telehealth, independently and in conjunction with a direct in-person service delivery model.

Adaptive Skills Training

ABLE uses ABA approaches in order to assist its clients with developmental disabilities in meeting their IPP goals and objectives. This service addresses global skill domains such as Socialization, Communication, Personal Hygiene, Self Help, and Community Integration/Participation. In other words, adaptive skills training services are designed to teach clients to become as independent in activities of daily living as one would expect a developmentally typical individual of the same age. ABLE also works on teaching caregivers how to systematically teach and support their child as they acquire skills leading to greater independence.

Direct Intervention

ABLE will provide direct intervention via face to face instruction with clients. These services will target behavior reduction and acquisition of skills as determined by a Functional Behavior Assessment.

Direct intervention may consist of the following training methods:

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Natural Environment Training (NET)

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Incidental Teaching

Early Intervention

Early Intervention services are offered to children ages 0 to 3 in order to enhance their development, to provide support and assistance to the family, and to maximize the child's and family's benefit to society. Because child development research has established that the rate of human learning and development is most rapid in the preschool years, timing of intervention becomes particularly important when a child runs the risk of missing an opportunity to learn during this state of maximum readiness.

Functional Behavior Assessments

The FBA is a written report that includes a comprehensive history of the client, including schools, previous services, medical diagnoses, living situation and family history. As per direct observation and interviews, the FBA will describe current behaviors and level of functioning (receptive and expressive language, mobility, self-help skills, etc.) in order to target behaviors for intervention and operationally define them. Where appropriate, a brief experimental analysis will be performed in order to determine the function of the behavior(s) and make recommendations of procedures to treat them. In addition, the FBA describes the data collection system we would recommend or put in place to ensure accurate assessment and evaluation of treatment. It includes a summary of goals, services, as well as frequency and length of services needed to achieve goals.

Length of assessment depends upon funding source and type of service needed (i.e., direct intervention or in-home parent training).

In-Home Parent Training

The ABLE curriculum is based on an interactive parent training model. We use daily family routines and provide individualized training and instruction. This may include modeling, role playing, and instruction on behavioral principles and procedures. Parents are provided with opportunities in which to practice strategies and are then given immediate feedback on their performance.

In Lieu Of Day Program (ILODP)

This is an individualized home and community based day program for individuals with developmental disabilities who are not enrolled in a typical center based day program. The program is based on interest and capability of the individual and integrates empirically validated approaches from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The ILODP service addresses skill domains such as:

Developing and maintaining self-help skills.

Developing socialization, communication, and recreational skills.

Developing community integration and participation skills.

Behavior management to help improve behaviors.

The ILODP will teach individuals to become as independent in activities of daily living as one would expect a developmentally typical individual of the same age. ABLE’s staff will provide individuals with the supports needed to experience a variety of opportunities to foster independence.

Parent Education Group

Attendees should be prepared to participate and take notes. Basic homework will be given weekly in order to measure the understanding of the materials presented and to assist families in preparing for therapy in their home.

Social Skills Training

Other than during regular scheduled sessions, ABLE also assists in providing opportunities for clients to practice social skills in the community. Some targeted areas are: greetings, conversations, turn taking, compliance, etc. ABLE hosts events such as Movie Nights, Family Pot Lucks, and Play Dates at the park. These events are free of cost to any clients that are part of the ABLE family. All families interested in attending are required to sign consent forms prior to the event.