Programs | Including Kids Autism Center

Including Kids Programs

Our entire program has a foundational core of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), with each specific program featuring unique aspects based on client needs and ages. All of our programs are led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who supervises 5-7 cases and all clients have an individualized treatment plan based on their needs, long-term goals and family goals. A significant emphasis of our programs is inclusion in the community and a focus on skills that can be applied to a client’s everyday life. Quality of life for the client and their family is of utmost importance, and safety and independence are our top priority for every client. Parent, sibling and caregiver training are required so that continuity of care and generalization of skills can be achieved.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a research-based treatment proven to be most effective for individuals on the autism spectrum. Data collection and analysis are an integral part of every client’s treatment plan to ensure that the treatment we are providing is working and to help us make adjustments as needed. We have programs with different levels of support to ensure placement is the least restrictive setting possible for each client.

More information on each of our programs and their unique emphasis can be found below.

Stepping Stones

(Approximate Ages 2-12): Operates using a one-to-one client to therapist ratio, with intensive behavioral intervention conducted at each child’s individual skill level/need addressing the areas of language and communication, social skills, executive functioning, academics, self-help and behavior. Opportunities for inclusion in mainstream settings are available as the clients are ready.

LEAP

(Approximate Ages 8-14): Operates using a one-to-one client to therapist ratio. Designed to help clients transition from a discrete trial program into a more independent and typical learning environment while still incorporating core behavioral principles including shaping, reinforcement, task analysis, and token systems as needed for each client.

SOAR Academy

(Approximate Ages 12-22): Operates using a one-to-one client to therapist ratio. Support levels vary depending on individual needs focusing on teaching functional academics, meaningful life skills, and vocational readiness skills. The goal of this program is to provide an age-appropriate setting for young adults on the autism spectrum to learn important life skills. This is accomplished through a mixture of individual, group and community teaching methods.

Bridge Programs

(Approximate Ages 3-12): We have built partnerships with various private schools in the area where we have established satellite sites of our program. As clients are ready, we provide support to allow for exposure to mainstream classrooms for portions of their day using behavioral-based decisions. Clients in these programs are learning to generalize various skills to group environments and acquire new skills within the context of a group, while still incorporating individualized research-based behavioral interventions. Individualized treatment plans, behavior interventions, and a variety of technologies including shaping, reinforcement, and token systems, allow for each client to bridge the gap between the clinic and mainstream settings.

Rise

(Ages 12-16): A program designed to help clients transition from a discrete trial program into a more independent and typical learning environment while still incorporating core behavioral principles including shaping, reinforcement, task analysis, and token systems as needed for each client. The program focuses on teaching functional academics, meaningful academics, meaning life skills, and helps each client begin developing vocational readiness skills. This is accomplished through a mixture of individual, group and community teaching methods. Participants in this program need to have adaptive behavior skills which can be addressed in the natural environment with less intrusive support services.

Center for Community Inclusion

(Approximate Ages 16-30): A program serving young adults in a centralized community setting with a focus of acquiring and/or generalizing the necessary life skills to be as independent as possible while being an active member of our community. CCI addresses communication and social skills through the following domains: applied academics, prevocational/vocational skills, domestic skills, leisure skills, safety skills and community skills. Participants in this program need to have adaptive behavior skills which can be addressed in the natural environment with less intrusive support services.