Center-Based ABA Therapy
AASC provides one-on-one and small group Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for children and adolescents age 2 – 21 in a Center-Based setting. ABA works to systematically change behavior based on principles of learning derived from behavioral psychology. ABA encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors. In addition, ABA teaches new skills and applies those skills to new situations.
ABA therapy is individualized to each child based on an initial assessment (e.g., the ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, Essentials for Living, Functional Assessments, etc.) and continually modified based on the child’s progress. ABA Therapy is designed to help children acquire new skills and make progress in the following areas:
- Early Intervention: Preparing children from infancy to kindergarten to transition to school-based learning with the objective of entering into the least restrictive environment possible.
- Behavioral management: Reducing dangerous and/or disruptive behavior such as aggression, self-injury, non-compliance and elopement.
- Social Skills: Teaching children and adolescents how to establish peer relationships, share items, reciprocate conversations, and understand nonverbal cues.
- Verbal Behavior: Creating an effective communication process to give kids a way of expressing their thoughts, needs, and wants using Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), American Sign Language (ASL), or technology resources like IPads.
- Adaptive Living Skills: Teaching skills needed for an individual to function safely, independently, and appropriately on a daily basis. Living skills include: toileting, grooming, dressing, meal time behavior, housekeeping chores, and motor skills.
ABA therapy is facilitated by our Behavior Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree and/or have completed specialized training in ABA therapy. Ongoing training and supervision is provided by a Master’s level Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
The benefits of our Center-Based approach include:
- For socialization opportunities, clients can be matched by age and level of functioning
- Centers allow for generalization by providing opportunities to use acquired skills in a new place
- Behavior Therapists have immediate access to Board Certified Behavior Analysts
- New toys and materials to provide a fun learning environment
- The opportunity for parents to work, attend meetings, or care for other children
Social Skill Groups
Groups are facilitated by Allison Randel, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and AASC’s Director of Psychology and Social Skills Services. There are separate groups for children, pre-teens, adolescents, and young adults and placement in groups is based on age and functioning. Groups for ages 7 and older include a parent support and training group. Groups meet Monday evenings.
For more information, call our Clinical Coordinator, Tessa Crawford, at 803-929-0011.
You can make a payment for social skills groups online:
Multidisciplinary Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Center In January 2016
Dr. Allison Randel offers a full multidisciplinary neurodevelopmental training clinic. The clinic provides ADHD and autism testing in collaboration with psychology, pediatrics, and speech and language pathology. Services at the clinic include group, individual, and family therapy. We accept most insurance for testing and therapy. If you are interested in hearing more about these services please email Dr. Randel at email@example.com or call the Autism Academy of South Carolina at 803-929-0011.
Camp M.A.T.E.S. (Merging Activities to Enhance Social Skills) is a theory-driven summer camp for children with social skills deficits (including but not limited to Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities). Camp incorporates physical activity, nutrition, social skills, and academic supports using a variety of theory driven practices.
Key Lessons include:
- Making and keeping friends
- Reading social cues and nonverbal behavior
- Being a good sport
- Sharing and taking turns
- Handling emotions
- Controlling impulsivity
- Coping with stress and anxiety
- Following rules and respecting adults
- Learning to be flexible and
- Fitting in and team building
Camp M.A.T.E.S is facilitated by Allison Randel, PHD., a licensed clinical psychologist, and staffed by psychology and exercise science students from the University of South Carolina. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AASC offers a free parent training workshops for all members of the community. Workshop topics vary each month and include tips and resources to help parents incorporate ABA therapy techniques into the home environment. To sign up for a workshop:
Family Wellness Groups To Begin Soon
We will begin family wellness groups in early 2016. The 9-week session will focus on the health and wellness of the whole family and will include nutrition counseling as well as sports and mindfulness/yoga components. The sessions will take place on Thursdays. Cost is $30. Contact Dr. Randel or the Autism Academy for more information.
AASC offers consultation services on ABA therapy for schools and child care providers. Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each provider and are available on a fee for service basis. For more information about our consultation services, please email our Clinical Director, Matthew Wood, at email@example.com.