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ABA Therapy Services

At The Place for Children with Autism, we celebrate the uniqueness of each child. We believe that not all children learn the same way and that learning is not a one size fits all endeavor.

 

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a research-based therapy grounded on the science of learning. There has been over 30 years of research demonstrating the efficacy of ABA in decreasing challenging behavior and increasing communication, socialization, and independent living skills.

ABA therapy works to change behavior over time and encompasses many techniques, learning theories, and behavioral principles. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Surgeon General have endorsed ABA as being an effective intervention for individuals with autism and this is especially true when ABA is started early (i.e., early intervention). Therefore, ABA therapy is provided for children ages 2-6 at The Place for Children with Autism.

Our ABA Services

ABA Therapy

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ABA therapy consists of 1:1 direct therapy provided directly by the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Individualized goals are addressed during therapy and data is collected by the RBT. The Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) observes and reviews data to ensure your child is continually making progress.

Intake / Assessment

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To ensure each child’s program and lessons fit their individual needs, an intake assessment is completed at the start of each program which includes an interview with the parent(s) and a skills assessment and observation of the child.

Parent Training

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Parents and caregivers are an active participant in your child’s therapy and development. We require all families to engage in parent training meetings at a minimum of once a month. During these meetings we will discuss your child’s progress, discuss any concerns you may have, and focus on teaching you basic ABA principles to ensure you understand how to best support your child’s development.

Parent Support in Community Settings

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We understand that support is often needed in the community for various events or activities. We can schedule your RBT or BCBA to attend community events to ensure success for activities that may be a little difficult for your child such as dentist appointments or trips to the store. Home visits are also available.

Social Skills Groups

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The Place for Children with Autism offers a daily social skills group led by one of our BCBAs. During this time the children will engage in fun group activities targeting joint attention, social play, self-regulation, social emotional, social language, classroom and group behaviors, and nonverbal social skills.

School Consultation Services

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We understand the transition into a new educational placement can be difficult or confusing to navigate for many families. An extensive transitional report will be provided in conjunction with scheduled parent meetings, scheduled observations and team meetings to ensure our clients and families are well prepared for the transition into an educational placement.

Sibling Play Dates

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We aim to strengthen the bond between our clients and their siblings by scheduling sibling play dates at the center. The goal is to provide a positive and fun experience to help sibling learn new and positive ways to interact with one another.

Spanish Translation Services

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For many of our families, English may not be the primary language spoken at home. We have Spanish speaking staff available as therapists and translators during meetings as needed and when requested. Printed material is also available in Spanish.

Speech

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At the Place for Children, we also offer The Place for Speech. A speech therapist travels to all of our Chicago locations and provides evaluations and speech therapy services for children who need this additional service.

Group Parent Training

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We offer both individual and group parent training. During group parent training, select topics that parents indicate a desire to learn more about (e.g., managing challenging behavior, toilet training, sibling play, etc.) will be selected one time per month and delivered by your centers BCBA.

Family Services Department

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We are the only provider in Chicago that focuses on supporting families (in both English and Spanish) to afford the cost of ABA services. Our family support services include research on available grants, grant application assistance, support groups and free educational workshops, and provides an array of community resources to meet the individual needs of your family.

Annual Survey Results (2020)

  • 96% of parents say their child with autism is receiving the best services they can by the model we provide 96% 96%
  • 97.4% of parents say their child has made a lot of progress while being in the program 97.4% 97.4%
  • 98.8% of parents say they have a good relationship with their BCBA supervisor 98.8% 98.8%

Our trained staff utilizes numerous assessment tools to pinpoint your child’s current capabilities. Once we have identified your child’s current behavioral and academic levels, we then develop individualized programs to meet his or her needs. These programs are then carefully monitored using our customized software programs. As your child advances we adjust the programs accordingly. As a parent, you are also able to monitor your child’s progress by logging into her or his individualized programs.

Comprehensive ABA Treatment

Social Skills

Social Skills

Communication / Language

Communication / Language

Behavior Management

Behavior Management

Macro and Micro Motor Skills

Macro & Micro Motor Skills

Independence

Independence

Potty Training

Potty Training

Executive Functioning

Executive Functioning

School Readiness

School Readiness

Food and Feeding

Food & Feeding

We Change Lives Every Day

Interested in our services and inquiring about placement for your child?
We are now enrolling ages 2-6. Reach out today!

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