School Based Behavioral – BCBA

ABA EVALUATIONS AND THERAPY TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

We are providing a team of BCBA therapists who are certified to join your school team and lead the work on behaviors that interfere with the children’s school success.

Each year we submit our RFP for BCBA work in the local schools and we have been very successful in joining the school team bringing along a well-established therapist who can assist the CST and the school personnel to address all children’s behaviors, communicating with the teachers, admin people and the parents upon the needs.

We also provide the following services to the local Public Schools:

  • A shadow for the child -trained solely for that purpose and supervised by our BCBA
  • A coordinator who can match all the specific programs to appropriately support the child’s life at school and home, while preserving their independence and learning.
  • A BCBA – certified to run and supervise each and all programs.

We are committed to parent training and teacher training with the sole purpose of guaranteeing complete success of the ABA program.

FOCUS Center was approved as an agency to provide comprehensive functional assessment as well as intervention for children with primary diagnosis of ASD (Autism)

We provide ABA for all children in schools – for typically developing, as well as, for children who may exhibit behavioral difficulties as part of their diagnosis, such as children with Autism.

Behavioral therapy is a treatment that helps change potentially self-destructing behaviors and school educational support. It is also called behavioral modification or cognitive behavioral therapy. It is meant to replace bad habits with good ones. The therapy also helps your child cope with difficult situations in a social context, as well as, at home (with siblings for example). Most ABA is used at home. Home based services are provided directly in the home and community locations, daily service is needed to change behaviors and habits. However FOCUS also offers Center Based Therapy for children who need to facilitate the ability to modify to different environments such as school or social and after school activities. We provide therapy on week days and on weekends. Schedules are individualized to meet the needs of the child. Since FOCUS is an ABA approved agency we look at the child from all angles, from sensory, motor, cognitive, emotional and behavioral. We hold a team of dedicated therapists to allow us evaluate the child’s needs to ensure he gets all he needs under one umbrella. 

At FOCUS center this treatment is provided by a skilled behavioral therapist under the supervision and within the program management of a certified BCBA (Board Certified Applied Behavioral Therapist). The program is specifically tailored to suit the individual child and his/her unique conditions. Some developments to enhance learning, socialization and behavioral issues may include:

  • Discussions about coping mechanisms
  • Role playing- especially with children with attention issues
  • Breathing and relaxation methods
  • Positive reinforcement for learning and behavioral changes
  • Activities to promote focus and learning
  • Attending birthday parties and sports/playground
  • Journal writing and academic readiness skills
  • Social skills training and participation in family events
  • Modifications in responses to anger, fear, and pain issues
  • Facilitating “play dates” with your child and his/her peers
  • Participating in classes in school as well as after school activities
  • Riding in a bus to school or to any place
  • Shopping in a store and independence, in general
  • Attending Shuls and Churches to allow family participation and community support

More about ABA … If you want to read more

ABA is a behavioral treatment approach that was formed by Dr. Ivar Lovaas in the 1980’s, originating from the branch of psychology known as Behaviorism. It does not presume to know why a child has a particular behavior or attempt to understand the child. Instead, it focuses on re-training unwanted behaviors, mainly by reinforcing desired behaviors (through rewards). A detailed curriculum is designed for each child to cover areas such as expressive and receptive language skills, pre-academic and self-help skills. These skills are then broken down into component steps and ‘discrete trials’ are performed (i.e. repeating a certain task is over and over) until the child learns each component and eventually the full sequence. Due to its intensive nature, ABA is performed one -on -one and is usually continued at home.

We at the Center have a wide range of experienced and professional specialists to support all families who may need one or more of the following services:

  • A shadow for the child – trained solely for that purpose and supervised by our BCBA
  • A coordinator who can match all the specific programs to appropriately support the child’s life at school and home, while preserving their independence and learning.
  • A BCBA – certified to run and supervise each and all programs.
  • A psychotherapist- proceeding from a dynamic approach who integrates both techniques to allow flexibility and enrich play and academics.
  • A skilled OT and SLP to support the child’s learning process using sensory based approaches.

We are committed to parent training and teacher training with the sole purpose of guaranteeing complete success of the ABA program.

  • Call FOCUS at 201-894-5800 to learn if we can support you. At this stage we accept only OPTUM/UHC for ABA and we can help you request all approved hours for your child if eligible for ABA services. We suggest that you will call your Insurance first to learn about your child’s eligibility and authorization process as well as deductions involved in such program.

 

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