Step By Step’s Extends Its Highly Regarded Autism Treatment Offerings to Include an Outreach Program

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Step By Step’s Outreach Program helps individuals with autism generalize and maintain skills taught during day services in the natural environment.

Step By Step, Inc.

Because the mission of Step By Step is to help children with autism develop skills needed to excel within the community, providing treatment services to students and additional support in the home and community environments is a natural extension for us.

Step By Step, Inc., one of the nation’s premier nonprofit autism treatment centers serving children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, announced today that it has added an outreach program to its already robust continuum of care programs. The new Step By Step Outreach Program provides behavioral intervention treatment services to students within their home and community environments, utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in an educational setting.

The goal of the outreach program is to empower families with the knowledge they need to promote the maximum amount of growth and success for their child. The Step By Step Outreach Program offers support to staff and professionals involved in the consumer’s case, including, but not limited to, developing comprehensive behavior plans and training.

The outreach program helps to generalize and maintain skills taught during day services in the student’s natural environment, participating in Step By Step’s center-based behavioral intervention services. The service is identified as a medically necessary treatment for these students, as it relates to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Step By Step Outreach Program is being offered as a response to the growing level of need in the local and surrounding communities and the request from parents for additional support to maintain the consistency of learning for the student.

“Because the mission of Step By Step is to help children with autism develop skills needed to excel within the community, in their families and in life, providing treatment services to students and additional support in the home and community environments is a natural extension of the services we currently offer,” said Michele LaMarche, BCBA, founder and executive director of Step By Step.

In some cases, behavioral intervention services for students with autism were not readily available in the areas of the state in which families reside, and families recognized the importance of obtaining behavioral intervention services for the student.

For more than a decade, Step By Step has served children, teens and adults throughout the greater Columbus, Ohio, metro area.

To learn more about the outreach program, visit http://www.stepbystepacademy.org/services/outreach.

For more information about Step By Step, call 614-436-7837 or visit http://www.stepbystepacademy.org.

About Step By Step, Inc.
Step By Step (SBSA) is a private, nonprofit treatment center for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Using its continuum of care model, it offers a range of services, including center-based programs, direct services for the community and partnerships with local school districts, designed to diagnose the nature and extent of the condition and provide the appropriate treatment and environment across the spectrum for children, adolescents and young adults. SBSA employs the evidence based methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and incorporates the use of technology-based systems and training throughout its best practices treatment model to bring individuals with autism to their highest potential. In addition, SBSA serves as a research, development and testing site for the adaptation of mobile devices as teaching tools. In 2011, SBSA was chosen as a winner of the Groundwork Group’s Non-Profit CreativITy awards for its excellence in using information technology to carry out its mission. Follow Step By Step on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/stepbystepacademy, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/SBSA_Ohio.

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