Services

Our method is primarily based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and includes a combination of various evidence based interventions, which include but are not limited to Discrete Trial Training (DDT), and Natural Environment Training (NET). We also adopt practices that are developmentally directed and child-led, when appropriate. Our programs address the needs of each child individually. We target specific behaviors that are unique to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Our goal is to build social, intellectual, perceptual, physical and creative awareness.

Verbal Behavior Plan
Based on the work of B.F. Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior (1957), Verbal Behavior is an effective, evidence-based model that targets the function of language and is designed to improve and increase language and communication skills. Our verbal behavior plans utilize various prompting and reinforcement techniques to increase the rate of learning language.

In-school shadowing
Therapists are available to facilitate your child's learning by setting up contrived situations that promote appropriate classroom behaviors. Therapists will provide assistance with typical classroom activities such as transitioning, task completion and following directions, as well as promoting social skills.

Parent Training
One-on-one parent training in behavior reduction programs.

Behavior Reduction Plan
When problem behaviors become too difficult to handle, behavior reduction plans are available. Typically, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will conduct a functional assessment comprised of interviews, observations of the target behavior chosen for reduction, and reinforcement analysis to create a personalized Behavior Reduction Plan. Using behaviorally sound techniques, maladaptive behavior can be reduced and functionally equivalent and socially appropriate behavior can be increased.

Community Therapy
Functioning in the community can be challenging for children with special needs. This program is designed to assist individuals as well as their families decrease anxiety and promote appropriate behavior in their neighborhoods by working through anxiety provoking situations, such as shopping and eating in restaurants.

Social Skills Group
Many children with autism spectrum disorder have diminished social motivation that can hinder peer interactions in the natural environment. Our team has created a group where children can have fun with new friends while learning skills that will facilitate their growth. Our highly trained staff teaches children an array of goals such as turn-taking, appropriate waiting, social conversation (asking questions, reciprocal statement exchanges, compliments), appropriate winning and losing reactions, eye contact, problem solving, flexibility (in routine changes as well as conversation topics), and appropriate voice volume.

Behavior Led Academic Tutoring
Using the same ABA techniques and strategies that we use during our verbal behavior and behavior reduction programs, we teach children how to tackle the most difficult subjects in school. Using a child's homework and curriculum we break down the material into a form in which they can successfully learn the skill. We use reinforcement, token economies, prompting strategies and other effective behavioral interventions in order to help the child be academically successful in school.

Early Intensive Behavior Intervention
Our EiBi program is a half-day program for children 18 months to 3 years. EiBi is dedicated to providing developmentally and ecologically sound interventions by utilizing a pre-school environment to emulate the child's future school setting. Children will learn to transition appropriately, cooperate with teachers and engage socially with peers in our adapted classroom setting.

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Office Phone: (786) 803-8982
Fax: (786) 472-4547
Direct Email: admin@firststepsint.com

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