Skills® Launches a Tool to Combat Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism

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Skills® releases a one-of-a-kind tool for positive behavior support planning that allows professionals and families of children with autism to create a comprehensive, online behavior intervention plan (BIP) for challenging behaviors.

This new tool can be used to create a plan to combat any challenging behavior including eloping, aggression, hand-flapping, and self-injury...

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) announces Skills®, its online autism solution, now includes a feature for addressing challenging behavior. This new feature is designed to give professionals and families of children with autism access to tools for creating comprehensive, evidence-based behavior intervention plans (BIP) for challenging behaviors in minutes.

“We are proud to add this new feature to the Skills® program because it gives users an even greater resource for autism intervention with the goal of improving efficiency and effectiveness.” says Skills® Director, Adel Najdowski, PhD, BCBA-D. “The Skills® program’s focus on teaching new skills coupled now with this new feature to deal with challenging behavior truly offers global access to tools for designing comprehensive, top-quality ABA-based intervention programs.”

This new tool can be used to create a plan to combat any challenging behavior including eloping, aggression, hand-flapping, and self-injury, to name a few. Users can create a BIP in two simple steps. The first step is to answer a short series of questions which leads to the creation of a BIP. The second step is to review and customize the BIP and begin implementing its strategies.

Skills® is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which has been empirically proven to be the most effective autism treatment and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Surgeon General. It is designed to give users access to the most comprehensive assessment of a child’s development ever created. The results of the assessment are linked directly to a set of eight developmental areas that provide individualized lesson plans with step-by-step instructions for teaching children the skills they need. Skills® also serves as an effective management tool by supplying a clinical timeline, charts, and graphs for tracking treatment progress and the impact of various events (including other treatments and life events) on the child’s progress. And now, Skills® offers the ability to create BIPs for challenging behavior.

“Unlike other ABA-based assessment and curriculum tools for the treatment of autism, Skills® provides users with developmental milestones for every skill and offers assessment and curriculum for nearly 4,000 skills including high-level complex skills such as executive functioning (planning, problem solving, memory, attention, self-regulation, etc.) and social cognition (perspective taking),” adds Najdowski. “Each lesson comes with supplemental worksheets, visual aids, and other teaching guides to ensure that what the child learns applies to his or her real life. In addition, users are provided with IEP goals and progress charts to help guide treatment planning. And now, Skills® also provides BIP reports.”

Skills® was created as a tool for any individual involved in the assessment and treatment planning of a child with autism. This could include professionals (ABA providers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, etc.), school teachers, and parents. Skills® was created with the aim of promoting a multidisciplinary approach in that everyone on a child’s treatment team is able to input data on the interventions they are implementing with the child and view their effects on learning all at once. It is highly recommended that at least one person on a child’s treatment team using Skills® is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). The role of this individual is to design and direct the child’s curriculum program within Skills®.

For more information about Skills®, visit:!/skillsforautism

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