Our Approach at South Shore Autism Center
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science that studies behavior to understand and use the best ways to motivate and teach each individual. Decades of research have proven that ABA methods are highly effective for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With ABA instruction and therapy, persons can make significant improvements across the key areas of deficits that comprise a diagnosis of ASD: communication, social skills, and repetitive patterns of behavior. Additionally, ABA allows clinicians and caregivers to develop strategies that can reduce the presence of challenging behaviors that often create barriers to the daily life and interactions of a person with ASD.
At SSAC, we use many different ABA strategies to teach communication, social skills, play skills, daily living skills, early learning skills, community skills, and more. Just as no two individuals with ASD are the exact same, each treatment plan we develop is tailored to the specific strengths, needs and preferences of the client. We use constant, rigorous data collection procedures to monitor progress and make clinical decisions on a daily basis. We believe that ABA teaching can and should happen anywhere! We first teach a skill and behavior in the environments where each child learns best and then gradually transition the teaching to the environments where each skill and behavior can and should occur naturally.
ABA Strategies at SSAC
- Discrete trial teaching (DTT)
Natural environment teaching (NET)
- Pivotal Response Teaching (PRT)
- Verbal behavior approach
- Task analysis and behavior chains
- Peer-mediated strategies
- And more!
In 2010, Massachusetts passed the ARICA law, which mandated that insurance providers in the state cover ABA services for individuals with ASD, without age or expense limitations. From the time a child receives a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, until s/he is an adult, ABA services are considered a medically necessary intervention, and most medical insurance companies in the state cover them. Research shows that 20-40 hours of ABA therapy per week lead to positive outcomes for young children with autism. Older children continue to benefit from ABA even when they receive many other services in school. The ARICA law allows families to access these services without taking on a financial burden. Parents and guardians should contact SSAC with any questions about coverage under their particular insurance provider. The staff at SSAC carry out the necessary processes to initiate access to the services under each provider.
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INCLUSION + INTEGRATION
One of the foundational principles at the South Shore Autism Center is that children with autism should have consistent and structured opportunities to learn with and from children who are typically developing. We offer Integrated Play Groups throughout the week for preschool-aged children. Most of our social skills groups and our camp weeks are integrated. Our Intensive Center Based Services move along a continuum from individual therapy to teaching group skills to teaching within an Integrated Play Group. We believe that ALL children benefit from these highly enriched settings where they can practice and demonstrate social and group-based skills.
To learn more about any of these services, please visit our Services page.