Autism Movement Therapy- AMT Behavior Services
- 7439 Orion Ave
Van Nuys, California 91406
- 323 240-0361
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Program Design: Any behavioral intervention program must start with an assessment of the individual. Although people with autism share similar characteristics, it is overwhelmingly obvious that each person is an individual and has a unique level of behavioral deficits and excesses. Due to this diversity, an initial assessment must be conducted in order to figure out the baseline of each skill and behavior. Once the assessment has been completed, an intervention plan is created and implemented by a behavior therapist. Every 3 months, the case is re-evaluated and new goals are set for the individual.
1. Assessment ~ The initial phase of intervention is assessment. This process consists of a parent/caregiver interview followed by 2-4 sessions of observation and interaction with the child. The observations take place in the home and school setting as well as out in the community. The reasoning behind this process is that a child must be observed in his or her natural environment in order to be able to change behavior in all areas of the child/individual’s life.
2. Assessment Report ~ Once the assessment has been completed, a report is written which includes the following: baselines of skills in the domains of attention, compliance, receptive communication, expressive communication, self help skills, safety awareness, imitation skills, and motor skills. The report also includes a definition and functional analysis of problematic behaviors. Lastly, the report lists a series of proposed behavioral intervention and goals for both the individual with autism and the parents/caregivers.
3. Intervention and Therapy ~ Depending on the functioning level of the autistic individual, different interventions and therapies are offered:
- ABA therapy uses the principles of ABA in the natural environment to teach new skills to clients in different areas (see above paragraph). It is also used to reduce the frequency, duration, and intensity of maladaptive behaviors while at the same time increasing the probability of appropriate behaviors. Also falling under this umbrella is functional communication training, picture exchange communication system, and most importantly increasing spontaneous speech and verbal behavior.
- Parent training and consultation is also an essential part of services. Parents play a vital role in the development of their children. While using ABA methods with the child, a portion of services will be a parent training component. Here parents will learn how to handle inappropriate behaviors and how to help their children continue to build on skills taught in therapy.
- Community Inclusion Programs: This program focuses on getting children to get more involved and included in their communities. This could be getting the child involved in after school activities such as dance, sports, and arts and crafts, going to restaurants, malls, and other public places, and/or helping school staff to work better with the child in the school setting.
- Social skills and play: This involves getting play dates together for children and teaching them essential play skills such as functional play, sharing, taking turns and most importantly socially interacting with peers. Initially a play facilitator will help the process and eventually parents will take over as the mediators.
Los Angeles County, California
- Behavior Analyst-BCBA
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- Feeding, Eating & Swallowing
- OT - Environmental Modification
- Day Treatment and Training, Adults-DTA
- Developmental Therapist
- Early Intervention Agencies
- Habilitation Hourly-HAH
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- Autism Groups
- Down Syndrome Groups