Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological spectrum disorder that affects 1 out of every 68 children in the United States (according to The Center for Disease Control). As of May 2013, the DSM-5 reflected a scientific consensus that four previously separate disorders are a single condition with differing levels of severity in two core areas including social communication/social interaction and restricted repetitive behaviors/interests/activities. Present research has yet to discover what causes autism.
A child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder often experiences delays in social interactions, language including the ability to communicate, play skills and exhibits repetitive or restricted behaviors
Applied Behavior Analysis
As long ago as 1981, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been identified as the treatment of choice for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior“ (1968, Baer, Wolf, & Risley).
ABA includes direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relationship between the environment and behavior. It is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors.
Socially significant behaviors include social skills, academics, communication and daily living skills (eating, dressing, toileting, self-care, home and community skills; and work skills).
TheraCare ‘s ABA program is based on scientific principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis.. We provide a comprehensive ABA program utilizing Discrete Trial Instruction, Verbal Behavior, Natural Environment Teaching and Behavior Modification. TheraCare’s program is designed to develop and promote an individual curriculum to maximize the potential of every child. Curriculum and instruction is based on each child’s individual needs to enhance skills in all Developmental Domains.
TheraCare engages the student as per the specified amount of hours mandated on the child’s IFSP or IEP – teaching in the natural environment and direct instruction. We also discuss techniques and providing coaching to families to ensure that the child is engaged throughout his/her day. Family involvement is a critical component to therapy. Evidence based research has directly correlated family involvement to the acquisition of skills.
We encourage families to inform us of their priorities. Services are provided based on family priority, therefore communication between the family and the provider is always encouraged. Services are individualized based on the child’s goals designated on their IFSP or IEP, and in conjunction with professional assessment tools including: the Developmental Assessment of Young Children 2nd Edition (DAYC- 2), The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment (VB-MAPP), Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) and the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) checklist.
TheraCare, established in 1991, is a provider of Early Intervention* services, CPSE and CSE services. We provide home and center based services for children ages birth-3 years old. For ages 3-21, services are provided in the home, community and in school based settings.
TheraCare provides a comprehensive ABA program utilizing a variety of strategies such as discrete trial teaching, verbal behavior, natural environment teaching and behavior modification strategies.
TheraCare is a recognized leader in ABA services for children for two main reasons: we provide ongoing professional development and training for our staff and we have a comprehensive supervision model for ongoing clinical evaluation and management.
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:
New York City – 311
Westchester County – 914-813-5094
All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health Insurance may be used for approved services. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract and all services must be authorized by the county. If a child is found eligible for the EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations.
TheraCare is approved by New York State and has a contract with New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties to provide early intervention services.