Child & Adolescent Therapy & Behavior Consultation
Alternative Behavior Strategies, Inc. (ABS) focuses on the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help ameliorate deficits and excesses attributable to Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Emotional Disorders. ABS utilizes a variety of ABA techniques that incorporate motivation and function based teaching into the curriculum or family/community dynamic. These techniques vary from Verbal Behavior, Pivotal Response Training, Natural Environment Teaching and Positive Behavior Supports to more intense teaching methodologies such as Discrete Trial Training. Behavior change strategies focus on the development of alternative behaviors and establishment of skill sets that can replace maladaptive behavior.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles and technologies of Behavior Analysis for the betterment of an individual through the teaching of socially appropriate behaviors. From its infancy in the 20th century, scientists in the Behavior Analysis realm have studied how individuals learn, how the environment affects said learning, and the results of the interaction of the individual with the environment. By utilizing the principles of the research, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are able to look at an individual’s learning past, the environment with which the individual interacts including all the stimuli and variables it contains, and create a plan to help change the future occurrences of specific behaviors. Whether it is a inappropriate behavior such as tantruming, hitting, spitting or lack of appropriate behavior such as requesting, eating, or playing, BCBA’s can utilize the principles of ABA to teach (increase appropriate behaviors), replace (making appropriate behaviors more efficient than inappropriate behaviors), or decrease inappropriate behaviors. Utilizing reinforcers (e.g. praise, natural or contrived stimuli, etc.) and the motivation and desires of the child, BCBAs help the child to explore and learn from the natural environment. ABA has continuously been shown through research to be an effective tool in helping individuals learn and change behaviors in all aspects of their lives.
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ABS has a comprehensive and ongoing program of ABA training for our staff and complete administrative and software systems to support our ABA and related services.
Alternative Behavior Strategies has expanded its services beyond our base in Applied Behavioral Analysis for Autism therapy to also include:
- Diagnostic Evaluations
- Social Skills
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
These services will complement your existing ABA therapy, creating continuity of care for overall success. Additionally, our providers in these areas interact regularly with our ABA staff, enhancing their effectiveness. We also provide these services to our non-ABA clients.
A Diagnostic Evaluation may be helpful for a child who is struggling to meet developmental milestones, has encountered learning problems, or does not appear to be able to function as independently as expected. Diagnostic evaluations are recommended for suspected neurodevelopmental conditions such as:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Depressive Disorders
- Disorders of disruptive behavior and impulse control
- Learning Disabilities
- Language Delay
- Intellectual Disability/Global Development Delay
Clients receiving this service (whose providers have a Ph.D. in this area) will have a new understanding or clarification diagnostic status. The Doctor will offer assistance in reviewing recommended treatment options and prioritizing treatment goals. For ABS in Utah, these services are provided by Dr. Natalie Roth; in Southern California, these services are provided by Dr. Bonnie Yee-Hebert.
Speech Therapy at ABS provides a sense of trust, giving children a special connection with the speech-language pathologist. Parents are welcome to observe the lessons, later discussing any questions they may have to promote generalization and carry-over. Therapy is creative, goal-oriented, and hierarchical. Programs are individually tailored to the child’s unique needs. While some of the therapy process requires your child to do tasks that are sometimes difficult, it will be fun too!
Occupational Therapy at ABS integrates with our other services at ABS, helping young children with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, pediatric feeding delays, fine motor and visual perceptual deficits. This integration enables our occupational therapy to be more successful than some other OT services.
Psychotherapy at ABS is a form of psychiatric treatment that involves therapeutic conversations and interactions between a therapist and a child/ family/adult. It may be helpful for children (and families) to understand and resolve problems, modify behavior, and make positive changes in their lives. There are several types of psychotherapy that involve different approaches, techniques and interventions.
A combination of therapy approaches may be beneficial, such as:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
- Play Therapy/sand tray therapy
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