The ITS ABA program is designed for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program helps children to expand their activities of daily living skills while incorporating fine and gross motor as well as language development. Behavior Analysts perform a comprehensive evaluation to learn what each child's deficits are and what triggers possible negative (maladaptive) behaviors. They work with the family and other therapists the child interacts with to develop a positive plan of action with goals so that an individualized program emerges.
The Centers for Disease Control define Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a “developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.”
Children with ASD might:
- not point at objects to show interest
- have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all
- avoid eye contact and want to be alone
- have trouble connecting with other people’s feelings
- prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to
- appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds
- be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them
- repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language
- have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions
- not play “pretend” games
- repeat actions over and over again
- have trouble adapting when a routine changes
- have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel, or sound
- lose skills they once had (for example, stop saying words they were using)
ABA therapy is a type of treatment that uses Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) to formulate a program of goal driven tasks to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that affect learning and are harmful. These tasks are performed with a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and your child with oversight from the BCBA.
Each child deserves the opportunity to develop their skills from a variety of modalities.
Your child’s program will incorporate
- feeding based goals
- sensory strategies
- Inclusion of movement
- language based goals
BCBAs will collaborate with PT, OT, and Speech therapists to include your child’s specific goals within the ABA program. Therapies can be performed in a combination of settings:
Our therapists will go with your family to the park, to the restaurant, and to other outings where your child needs that support to improve their social skills and their emotional or sensory tolerance to their environment. Our BCBAs train family members so that your child continuously makes positive gains wherever the child goes and whomever they interact with.
If your child is not diagnosed with Autism, out of pocket options are available. You can receive ABA in the clinics our clinics in Bayonne and West Orange after school, in your home, or in your community (restaurant, library, etc - based on the goals being worked on). Services are offered on weekdays and weekends.