Autism and Behavioural services

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AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have unique abilities, strengths, and challenges. Often, they show behavioural deficits that prevent them communicating, playing and joining in with other people and learning. These difficulties usually bring unwanted behaviours that can heavily impact the quality of life of the person and their family.

OTHER CONDITIONS THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM BEHAVIOURAL SERVICES

 Children, adolescents and adults, both with and without a formal diagnosis, often experience behavioural challenges related to:

a) Lack of compliance with adults or peers

b) Learning difficulties like dyslexia

c) Unwanted behaviours in the shape of aggressiveness, non-compliance and temper tantrums

d) Learning at school

e) Feeding problems

f) Sleeping problems

This can be more complicated in cases where the person is diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, ADHD, Intellectual Disability or other syndromes. People experiencing behavioural difficulties usually have daily frustration, anxiety, fear, isolation and loneliness due to diversity and the lack of core skills. Lack of critical skills can easily lead to unwanted behaviours that could make the person’s and their family’s life a struggle.

Foundations for Learning provides to children, adolescents and also adults with ASD or other behavioural difficulties effective support to face these challenges and to improve the quality of life of the person and their stakeholders. At Foundations for Learning, our goal is to provide people with the missing pieces of the puzzle to reach full potential, become effective communicators and live happy, meaningful lives.

ABA INTERVENTIONS – APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS

 Foundations for Learning offers comprehensive behavioural interventions to address deficits of people with ASD or other behavioural difficulties.

 We provide services first of all at home, school and in the community.

 We make a thorough assessment of the person’s strengths and weaknesses. This is tailor made according to the unique set of practical needs of the person and their family.

ABA INTERVENTIONS – APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS

Foundations for Learning offers comprehensive behavioural interventions to address deficits and excesses of people with ASD or other behavioural difficulties.

We provide services in a range of settings, first of all at home, school and in the community.

Based on science, we start by a thorough assessment of the person’s strengths and weaknesses which is tailor made according to the unique set of practical needs of the person and their family.

ABA is internationally recognised, through scientific study, as the method of choice for people with autism spectrum disorder and there is  evidence of its effectiveness  with other conditions such as:

1) Sleeping problems – Mindell, Kuhn, Lewin, Meltzer, & Sadeh, 2006

2) Feeding problems and Food Selectivity – Tereshko, Leaf, Weiss, Rich, & Pistorino, 2021

3) Aggressiveness, non-compliance, temper tantrums and others problematic behaviours – McCart, Priester, Davies, & Azen, 2006

4) Parenting Techniques and Keeping Families Together – Franks et. al, 2013

5) Classroom Management – Schloss & Smith, 1998

6) Intellectual disability – Ho, Perry & Koudys, 2020

7) Attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) –  Delay et. al, 2014

8) Down Syndrome – Neil, Amicarelli, Anderson & Liesemer, 2021

9) Head Injury Rehabilitation – Burke & Wesolowski, 1988

 

WHAT IS ABA?

ABA is internationally recognised, through scientific study, as the method of choice for people with autism spectrum disorder and there is evidence of its effectiveness for other conditions such as:

1) Sleeping problems 
2) Feeding problems and Food Selectivity 
3) Aggressiveness, non-compliance, temper tantrums and others problematic behaviours 
4) Parenting Techniques and Keeping Families Together 
5) Classroom Management 
6) Intellectual disability
7) Attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) 
8) Down Syndrome 
9) Head Injury Rehabilitation 

A growing number of researchers agree that many children with autism receiving ABA intervention (i.e., 15-40 hours of intervention a week administered before the age of five and over the course of 1-4 years) show substantial improvements in communication, social, emotional, adaptative and cognitive skills compared with children receiving low-intensity interventions. 

ABA SERVICES AT FOUNDATIONS FOR LEARNING IN 5 KEY POINTS

1 BASED ON SCIENCE

1000s of different studies provide evidence that ABA is effective in addressing behavioural deficits and excesses.

The ABA intervention offered at FFL provides the most rapid, powerful and efficient intervention for every person who needs it.

We do not interpret, we do not talk more than necessary, we do not waste time: we listen to our clients needs, we measure behaviours, we analyse data and we provide intervention. Linear. Scientific.

2. ETHICALLY SOUND

Our interventions are respectful of the Ethical code BACB. Our intervention team is directed by Michael Nicolosi, psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  www.bacb.com

3. STRUCTURED

At FFL, the Director of ABA services, BCBA, supervises the job of the assistant behaviour analysts, which supervise the work of ABA tutors, parents, teachers and educators.

Every assistant behaviour analyst has monthly, synchronous supervisions with the Director about every client and can have further consultation according to needs every day of the week.

We do not work alone, we are not just a band of professionals. We are a team.

4. TAILOR-MADE

To be highly effective, ABA needs to be applied daily with the person. Behaviour is the product of the environment, and by other people’s behaviours.

If we want to help the person to learn and change their behaviours, we must guide the people surrounding them to behave according to shared tactics that science has demonstrated to be effective.

Our intervention is tailor-made to fit the client’s lifestyle. 

5. STABLE AND PREDICTABLE

No more unexpected bills. Our ABA intervention works in packages that have a stable cost month by month. The first meeting usually performed by our Director of ABA services is paid by hour (2-5hours according to needs). Then the  intervention project begins and is performed according to 3 levels of intensity, each one with a fixed monthly cost.

THE ABA SERVICE BY FOUNDATIONS FOR LEARNING IN PRACTICAL TERMS

1. The parents CONTACT US.

2. How the service works is provided by phone from the Director of ABA services.

3. The  first meeting will be between 2-5hours

4. The Case Management project begins.An assistant behavioural analyst from FFL will provide 4 low intensity, 8 medium intensity or 12 high intensity hours per month with the persons involved.

5. The assistant behaviour analyst is coordinated by our Director of ABA services.

6. A parent, other relative, educator, teacher or ABA tutor will provide daily 1:1 intervention to clients in order to apply corrective exercises and change behaviours for the future.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

ABA TUTOR

The tutor will provide 1:1 ABA interventions with the client at home, school and in the community, according to the ABA program provided by

the assistant behaviour analyst.

BOOSTER SESSION

Direct consultation from the Director of ABA services at FFL.

The main purposes are to increase the learning rate of the client and work on unwanted behaviours.

REMOTE BOOSTER CONSULTATION

The Director of ABA services will consult remotely in order to boost learning and reduce unwanted behaviours.

Michael Nicolosi, Psychologist and BCBA® (Board Certified Behaviour Analysts) is Director of ABA Services at Foundations For Learning.

 

Michael has been working for more than 10 years in the field of autism and rehabilitation basing his work exclusively on Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). He carries out educational and clinical evaluations of the clients with care and develops personalised intervention projects. He teaches and coordinates ABA and RBT® (Registered Behaviour Technicians) training, parent training courses and university lectures in the field of ABA. Since 2020 he has been responsible for teaching in the Verified Course Sequence (VCS) of the Association for the Advancement of Radical Behaviour Analysis (AARBA) for the training of a new generation of behaviour analysts.