Worthington, Ohio (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Step By Step, Inc., a highly regarded nonprofit autism treatment center serving children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, announced today that one of its youngest students, enrolled in the center’s early intensive behavior intervention program, has made remarkable progress a year after starting therapy. The progress of this little girl has been documented by her mother in the blog, “Amanda’s Journey to Recovery.” The regular blog entries detailing the tremendous progress that Amanda has made are a testament to the importance of implementation of an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at an early age.
The story of Amanda and her journey through recovery from autism during the first year of intensive ABA therapy is carefully and thoughtfully documented by her mother, who also has two sons diagnosed with ASD. The family returned to Ohio in 2011 after being unable to access
public school resources in California. At the age of 3, Amanda was enrolled in Step By Step’s Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) therapy program in the home setting in October of 2011 and began receiving ABA therapy from a trained behavior therapist. Her primary treatment goals included developing functional communication skills, following basic commands and directions, building visual and spatial skills, and developing play and social skills.
“At the start of treatment at Step By Step, Amanda lacked functional communication, social and play skills,” said Michele LaMarche, BCBA, executive director of Step By Step. “Her interactions with others were minimal; she lacked eye contact and did not have a way to communicate her basic wants and needs.”
The intensive treatment plan focused on communication using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the S pecial Learning Communicating Basic Need s app (ComApp) for the first few months of treatment. Special Learning is a partner organization of Step By Step and provides mobile technology applications and educational resources for the autism community.
After a year of ABA therapy, Amanda has exceeded many goals in her treatment plan. As a result of the early intensive intervention that Amanda received, she has built a large repertoire of words used to label things in her environment and communicate her wants and needs. In addition, she is now imitating play appropriately with typical peers and using greetings with family, friends and strangers.
“Through a dedicated schedule of one-to-one ABA treatment seven hours a day, five days a week, and the use of innovative technology tools like the ComApp, she has rapidly developed the skills necessary to interact with others in her environment and is well on her way to living an enriching and meaningful life,” said LaMarche.
Step By Step’s one-to-one intensive behavioral intervention program provides individualized and evidence-based treatment based on the principles and procedures of ABA. The program serves people ages two through 12 with each student receiving full day, year round services. Each student’s treatment plan is developed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in conjunction with their Individual Service Plan (ISP) goals identified by the family, SBSA assessment team, and school district when applicable.
Step By Step recently announced that three more of its students successfully mainstreamed back into the public school setting. Each of these students participated in Step By Step’s ABA therapy and one-to-one intensive behavioral intervention program as part of their comprehensive treatment plan.
Amanda’s mother, Susie, wrote in her latest blog post: “What an amazing year Amanda has
accomplished. She has made leaps and bounds that I never would have expected. She went from being pretty non-verbal to talking my ear off every day. First, it started with labeling things or asking for what she wanted at the time. Now, whenever we give her something she says, ‘Thank you, Mom’ or ‘I love you, Mom,’ words I never dreamt of hearing.”
Amanda’s blog profiles her life, treatment and advancement. To read each post in the series, please visit http://special-learning.com/blog/blogs/.
Step By Step serves children, teens and adults throughout the greater Columbus, Ohio, metro area. 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 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. In addition to center-based programs, SBSA offers direct services to the community including assessment, intensive behavioral intervention treatment, speech, psychology and psychiatric services, as well as parent advocacy, case management, counseling, and parent and professional trainings. SBSA has several partnerships with local school districts to provide
successful behavioral intervention programs directly within a school setting.
About Special Learning
Special Learning is the leading global provider of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
solutions. Special Learning designs mobile applications and educational resources based on clinical evidence-based research to ensure that every person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is capable of attaining an abundant and fulfilling life. Through its comprehensive web portal, Special Learning provides the global autism community with a range of ABA training and educational products, web-based and downloadable tools and professional services to empower parents, teachers and providers
so that they can help individuals with autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably. Follow Special Learning on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/speciallearning, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/#!/speciallearning.