We consider it a privilege to work closely with families to help them with their greatest needs, and in many cases, we understand that need is simply making it through the day.
SOUTHLAKE, Texas (PRWEB) January 17, 2013
ACI Learning Centers recently opened a new location in Southlake to offer comprehensive, research-based intervention, training and support services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, as well as their families.
Since 2002, ACI Learning Centers has helped individuals and families in five locations throughout the Midwest. As the newest location, ACI Learning Centers in Southlake offers a team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and highly trained therapists who provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training and support services in a new, colorful and convenient 5,000 square-foot location in Cornerstone Business Park at 2815 Exchange Boulevard in Southlake.
A Different Approach
Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and is regarded as the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
ACI Learning Centers offer parents and families a more comprehensive approach to teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, including Asperger syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), challenging behaviors and language delays.
“ACI Learning Centers teach to the core deficits of autism,” said Nancy Champlin, ACI Learning Centers’ executive director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). “We specialize in teaching what others find most challenging ¬— and in my experience, the most valuable — which is verbal communication, social interaction and play skills.”
With encouragement from families who realized tremendous results from her distinctive approach, Champlin opened the first ACI Learning Center in Kansas City, Mo. (Overland Park, Kans.) before expanding to Edmond, Okla.; Colorado Springs, Colo., Fort Hood, Texas; and most recently, Southlake, Texas.
Incorporating Champlin’s expertise and research, ACI Learning Centers are staffed by a team of BCBAs and highly trained therapists who employ her unique training approach that differs from the more common method known as discreet trial training (DTT). DTT focuses on teaching tasks rather than teaching the function of language to help individuals with autism communicate their needs and wants.
ACI Learning Centers specialize in applied behavior analysis (ABA) with an emphasis on verbal behavior therapy that focuses on language development to expand verbal repertoires. ABA therapy is based on a scientific method in which principles of behavior are applied to reinforce and improve socially significant behavior. By pairing the function of language with an individual’s unique motivations, ACI Learning Centers more effectively teach appropriate social and independent living skills.
ACI Learning Centers place a high priority on the value of play. “There’s nothing more critical to the socialization process than play,” Champlin said. “Every parent wants their child to be accepted by their peers. If a child can’t communicate or play functionally with a variety of toys, he or she won’t be able to engage appropriately with others.”
To best enable socialization through play, ACI Learning Centers provide the optimum environment for learning. ACI Learning Centers offer playful, friendly and interactive surroundings. The unique teaching environment allows ACI Learning Centers’ team of BCBAs and highly trained therapists to pair their approach to individual motivations, whether it’s jumping on a trampoline or dancing to music. “Working with positive reinforcement, we realize success by incorporating individual motivations and strengths every bit as much as we work to remediate deficits,” Champlin said.
ACI Learning Centers are family-friendly and encourage collaboration with parents and families to address individual needs. “We consider it a privilege to work closely with families to help them with their greatest needs, and in many cases, we understand that need is simply making it through the day,” Champlin said.
ACI Learning Centers provide a range of services for parents and families, including consultations and seminars on topics including reduction of challenging behaviors, daily living skills, sibling interactions, and generalizing learned skills into the community. By partnering closely with families, ACI Learning Centers are better able to help individuals with autism reach their highest potential.
Decades of Success
ACI Learning Centers incorporate Champlin’s decades of success working with individuals with autism and other developmental challenges. “ACI Learning Centers offer a collective of highly trained, board certified behavior analysts who share my high expectations, distinctive approach and vision for excellence,” Chaplin said.
Champlin’s experience includes more than 30 years as an elementary and certified special education teacher with a master’s degree in learning disabilities and a second master’s degree in early childhood special education, both from the University of Kansas. Champlin is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA). She is a frequent speaker at national and international autism conferences.
About ACI Learning Centers
ACI Learning Centers have helped individuals and families coping with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities since 2002, with currently five locations across the Midwest, including Colorado Springs, Colo., Overland Park, Kan., Edmond, Okla., Fort Hood, Texas, and Southlake, Texas. ACI Learning Centers provide interventions based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), with a distinctive focus on language development, to motivate individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to independently communicate, play and socially engage in their community. ACI Learning Centers work with children, young adults and families to assess and implement individualized programs to increase appropriate behaviors. To learn more about ACI Learning Centers, visit http://www.acilearningcenters.com.