Autism Home Support Services (AHSS) is committed to helping parents and their childrem with autism spectrum disorder with their journey. They provide more than hope to those people. AHSS specializes in center-based and in-home therapy for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, by utilizing the evidence-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.
The center believes that by using qualified professionals related to this subject trained in the evidence-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, they can create a positive difference in the overall development and long-term success of a child with autism. AHSS provides an exceptionally collaborative inter-disciplinary team of professionals strategically working to help the child with autism meet milestones and continue to deliver positive outcomes.
From day one to the end, they will work tirelessly with people to assemble the Care Team and tools that best match the needs of the individual child and family. With patience, time, the right approach, and a lot of hard work, AHSS believes that every child with autism can reach their full potential!
Individualized ABA Therapy for the Children with Autism
At Autism Home Support Services, they utilize the evidence-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, a treatment scientifically proven to have the most effective results for helping children with autism spectrum disorder achieve success.
Insurance Coverage Verification: In order to verify that parents have coverage for ABA behavior therapy services for the child, AHSS’s insurance team work with families’ insurance companies. And the team submits bills directly to them, eliminating parents as the middleman going forward.
Pre-Care Assessment: A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) first meets parents in the child’s home environment. Because a detailed interview is essential to help the child with autism. More information about the child is collected and, the situation and condition of the child in the home environment are observed.
Care Plan: The BCBA creates a care plan considering the information and observations previously received from the family. The aim is to help the child achieve his goals. The goals to be achieved can vary depending on the child’s needs. The maintenance plan is a document detailing the programs that will be used at this stage. These methods can be used for children to acquire new skills as they acquire skills.
Care and Support: There is a team of skilled Care Team Members. At this stage, the needs of the child, where he lives and the care he receives are very important. Because, according to them, someone from the team will be chosen to help the child. This team is responsible for ensuring that the child’s care plan is implemented.
Online Reporting: It is important to report the development of the child. Parental approval is also required to make this reporting. The team does this reporting because it is the easiest way to exchange information and generate new ideas with the child’s development. Notes, videos, photos, and data can be included in this report.
Ongoing Training and Supervision: Besides the education given to the child, parent education is also very important. It makes a great contribution to the achievement of the child. The team also provides support to parents. Parents will meet monthly with the team and evaluate the child’s development. Parents also need to be trained to see if the child has made progress.
What Does an ABA Session Look Like?
The ABA session is almost like any other psychological session. There is a high-energy interaction between the therapist and the client. This interaction involves a lot of positive reinforcement using many motivating methods. It will often be a mixture of many methods that the therapist practices.
Like any therapy session, an ABA session must be successful. For this, the therapist needs to develop a rapport with the client. Part of the session includes pairing with reinforcement. Generalization is important in the treatment of autism as well as in psychological problems in general. Some of the sessions can be held in a more natural environment, away from the desk, not in the office environment. If your child does not like the therapist, he will not do anything directed at him. Therefore, how the therapist behaves at the beginning of the relationship is the first step to establish a good relationship between the child and the therapist.
ABA does not require a time table. It doesn’t have to have fixed programs and fix patterns to follow. In this case, it should be the child’s motivation to follow in order to develop and shape behaviors effectively. Let’s say, the child wants to stay on the floor, that may be where therapy begins. But, in those kinds of situations, there are some point needs to paid attention. Maybe the point is functional skills developing, so it may be helpful to build the ability to work according to the time table and attention to the task at the table can be developed over time.
The way to ensure that children do not respond robotically is to work on the child being able to perform the skills in a generalized setting away from the table with a variety of people, in a natural way. This is done through incidental teaching in the natural environment. Incidental teaching structures and sequences educational objectives so that they occur within ongoing, typical activities. Incidental teaching also takes advantage of student interests and motivation.
Services AHSS Provides
Therapists at Autism Home Support Services (AHSS) offer individualized treatment methods for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. They deal with not only autism but also developmental disorders and offer treatments. Establishing the correct diagnosis becomes crucial at this stage because it makes the greatest contribution to progress. Evidence-based ABA methodologies in this service are adapted to work with individuals on the spectrum with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related diagnoses. These diagnoses are:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyper Active Disorder (ADHD)
- Behavior Difficulties/Disorders
- Communication Disorders
- Developmental Delays
- Down Syndrome
- Food Selectivity/ Food Issues
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Global Development
- Learning Disabilities
- Motor Skills Deficits
- Multi-Systemic Disorder Syndrome
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD NOS)
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Social Deficits
- Social Pragmatic Disorder
In-Home ABA Therapy
In Autism Home Support Services, professionals believe that every child can be successful. They are of the opinion that they only need to learn the necessary skills. Children with autism need qualified, at least with full of knowledge, people around them to reach their full potential. These people must understand their motivations and guide them towards those goals. It can be started by promoting adaptive behavior and reducing maladaptive behavior. They can also conduct behavioral analysis to simplify complex behaviors.
ABA therapy has several applications. AHSS therapists adopt a comprehensive approach in applying the basic methods of this therapy. They want to further develop a child’s skills and abilities. These methods that they use include pairing and play, Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Training, Natural Environment Teaching, Verbal Behavior, and more.
ABA can be used to teach a variety of skills and positive behaviors, including communication, positive peer interactions, self-help skills and daily routines, academics, fine and gross motor skills, play and leisure skills, life skills, and vocational skills. ABA methodology is also effective in decreasing challenging behaviors such as noncompliance, tantrums, bed-wetting, feeding problems, aggression, and self-injury.
Center-Based ABA Therapy
AHSS offers a more controlled environment for assessment and therapy. Because getting an accurate assessment is very important. First, it helps to determine the ABA therapy your child should receive, what skills need to be developed, and what kind of additions to make. Afterward, it is important to see your child’s developmental stages and evaluate them. All reports and data are constantly available at this center.
AHSS provides your child with a more structured environment. It ensures that his work is in a less distracting environment. Such environments are especially important for some children. Once the desired skill is gained, it is easy to generalize them to other environments. The autism center treatment offers an alternative for families who cannot receive treatment at home. AHSS gives families the flexibility to get service in a setting that works best for them.
The staff working at the center has the opportunity of continuous and immediate training. Feedback is also provided. Professionals working at the center are always able to access a more competent person continuously and directly, ask questions, or directly observe others using the same skills.
AHSS also provides access to materials that are available only during therapy to motivate clients outside the therapy session. Often in their daily lives, children have free and unlimited access to their preferred items, which can reduce their motivation. In the center, as a requirement of ABA therapy, children can only access new and different toys that they can win in that environment. When the motivation of children increases, it is easier to reach the desired behaviors and as a result, their level of independence increases.
Hybrid Home/ Center Therapy
Hybrid ABA therapy allows the child with an autism spectrum disorder in order to work on some behaviors at home and others in the AHSS Autism Center. This type of therapy maximizes the unique benefits of each set to improve the child’s progress and skill development.
Early Learners Group
Autism, besides being a challenge in itself, causes various learning difficulties in school. Maybe some kids are struggling in kindergarten or almost but not ready for daycare. For this reason, the center created the Early Learners Group as an alternative program to help children prepare for the next academic milestones.
The child with autism spectrum disorder will attend a structured small classroom setting in the center. Evidence-based methodologies are used here to encourage skill acquisition and improve the child’s individual therapy. The main target of the center and the target of the parent converge at this point. They want the child to be ready to join the future better outside of social settings and especially at school.
AHSS offers therapy to build age-appropriate skills and to decrease or eliminate troublesome behaviors that may be preventing the child with autism spectrum disorder from learning or interacting socially. These behaviors may include noncompliance, tantrums, bed-wetting, feeding problems, aggression, and self-injury.
AHSS provides behavioral analysis services to students in schools. The ages of these students range from 3 to 21. And it consists of students who have a wide range of diseases. School counselors assist the center in this regard. The center helps teachers and administrators create research-based learning environments. AHSS strives to cooperate with teachers, parents and administrators in all areas of a child’s education.
These consulting services are individualized student consultation, direct observation, and practical recommendations, interventions for communication; and social skills acquisition, in-situation modeling, and coaching of staff, Functional Behavior Assessment development, Behavior Intervention Plan development, general classroom set-up, placement assessment, IEP development assistance, consultation on school-wide positive behavior interventions and in-service training.
The team working at the center comes with a comprehensive and collaborative approach to the therapies they apply. We work with professionals who are experts in their field of treatment for your child with autism and try to find the most appropriate method for your child. Each therapy plan is organized according to the areas that the child needs.
Language pathologists at the center, like all other professionals working at the center, are dedicated to treating children in the spectrum. This means they have a better understanding of the difficulties that a child with autism may face and how they can overcome them. They can help with pragmatic/social language / functional communication, enhancing communication needs, articulation, dysphagia, syntax, morphology, phonetics, stuttering, motor speech disorders, and voice disorders.
Group Social Skills Training
As we all know, learning in a group is critical to child development. Learning to work and play in the group has a positive effect on the social and academic life of the child. The groups in the center are composed of children with autism and normally developed children. They learn and develop, for example, taking turns, teamwork, social awareness, and sharing.
On the contrary to other programs in the center, this one is for parents. It is a parent coaching program provided by AHSS. It is designed to help parents understand their children on the spectrum mostly. If the understand them very well, it will be easier for them to participate in the child’s skill development.
AHSS serves families throughout the Chicagoland and Rockford areas including AHSS Autism Centers in Arlington Heights and Northbrook, throughout the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas including an AHSS Autism Centers in Northville, and throughout the Denver and surrounding areas. They just open a new center in Centennial.
- AHSS Autism Center – Northbrook
Revere Drive Suite AA, Northbrook, IL 60062
- AHSS Autism Center – Arlington Hts
N. Arlington Heights Road. Suite K, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
- AHSS Autism Center – Northville
West Seven Mile Rd., Ste 200 Northville, MI 48167
- AHSS Autism Center – Centennial
E. Arapahoe Ct., Suite 110. Centennial, CO 80112
- AHSS Autism Center – Rockford
7177 Crimson Ridge, Suite 10, Rockford, IL 61107
- AHSS Autism Center – Lakeview
2762 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
- AHSS Autism Center – Springfield
3130 Chatham Rd. Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704