The sooner you begin intervention the better.
Don’t wait! Research into the effectiveness of intervention with
students demonstrates better outcome with early intervention.
But, it’s never too late to start. The strategies of Applied
Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help individuals of all ages.
My child is still young, won’t he get
A key to ABA success is to immerse the child
into treatment for as much of the day as possible. We don’t want
to lose valuable time. Young children are able to not only
tolerate intensive intervention but thrive on the stimulation. It
is important use as many opportunities throughout the day to
teach appropriate skills and to reduce the child’s opportunity to
engage in detrimental behaviors. Working regularly with children
as young as 20 months, Autism Partnership staff have unequaled
expertise in providing treatment sessions that are
age-appropriate, energetic, playful and full of reinforcing
activities, while respecting the natural stamina of the child.
When intervention is creative, natural and fun children are eager
participants. Fatigue and ability to engage are closely monitored
and the number of weekly intervention hours are adjusted
How many hours of treatment should my
Our goal is to achieve the best possible
outcome for your child. Since research and our clinical
experience confirm that children who receive more hours of
quality behavioral intervention make better progress, it is
common for many children served by Autism Partnership to receive
between 20 and 45 hours per week when services begin. Mastery of
skills, reduction of interfering behaviors, increased attendance
in school and/or more involvement with friends and community
activities may result in a recommendation for a reduction of time
spent with Autism Partnership staff.
Does this treatment work for high
It’s a common misconception that ABA doesn’t
apply to children who are at a higher functioning level. ABA is
designed to provide a varying level of structure according to the
need of the student. High functioning children are better able to
learn in a less structured format and the program is adjusted
accordingly. In fact, ABA strategies are incredibly effective and
important for this population. Autism Partnership has expertise
in concentrating on sophisticated skill sets that are often
overlooked including development of meaningful friendships,
operating independently and the self-monitoring their behaviors
are an essential part of therapy.
My child has an IEP. Can Autism
Autism Partnership is a non-public agency
(NPA) as certified by the California Department of Education.
School districts may contract with Autism Partnership for
children with an Individual Education Plan that authorizes ABA
Exactly where in Southern California
are you located?
Autism Partnership conducts clinic-based
instruction in our Seal Beach, California office. Supplementary
services can be provided in schools and community settings
near Long Beach and some parts of Orange County.
Can Autism Partnership provide
services in my home?
After providing intervention since the early
1970’s, we have concluded that providing the initial bulk of
intervention in our clinic offices is consistently more effective
than working in alternate locations exclusively.
This allows for:
Greater opportunity for clinical oversight
by our senior staff. Consistency in treatment styles can be
better achieved across all staff.
Opportunities for social interaction with
Utilization of open staff for double
treatment, data collection and program refinement.
A wide variety of toys, activities and
program materials to be available.
Parent participation without the
distractions of home.
Some services may occur in the home when it is
mutually agreed this will provide clinical benefit, such as for
purposes ofgeneralizing skills and
behavior into the home environment.
As a parent, will I be involved in my
Parent involvement and ability to implement
Applied Behavior Analysis strategies are essential for obtaining
the best long-term outcome for a child. Therefore, we are
committed to our partnership with parents. Once receiving
services from Autism Partnership, Program Coordinators will
invite you to training workshops and seminars and will schedule
individual parent training sessions on a regular basis. To
improve skills parents participate in some of the weekly ABA
sessions with our staff and attend monthly clinic meetings with
their child’s team and psychologists. We recognize this is a
tremendous commitment of time and energy, but we know it is
critical to success of the child’s program and both the child’s
and the family’s quality of life. All of work the AP team does
with a child is greatly amplified by the involvement and
expertise of parents.
As a parent, I’m concerned I’ll have
too much to do. Any advice?
Research indicates children make the most
significant progress in the first two or three years of
intervention. While the initial learning curve is steep, many
parents adopt a mind-set that the extra time and effort spent now
will reduce stress on the in a very short time and result in the
children requiring less intensive intervention in the
Many of our parents have been successful in
committing to the process by building a solid support system. By
having family members and friends help with babysitting other
children, commuting to our clinic or cooking dinner once in a
while, parents have been able to maintain focus (and sanity).
Although we know this is difficult, some families have found it
is worthwhile for one of the parents to to reduce their work
What is the length of your
That’s a difficult question to answer. The
vast majority of our families require services for two to four
years. Prepare yourself to give 100% during that time. Some
students stay longer, but with a reduced model of service (e.g.,
school support, case consultation, etc.). If you’re going to
embark on an ABA program, you should prepare for a long, but
incredibly rewarding journey.
How do I know if Autism Partnership is
a right fit for our family?
We are not the agency for you if you are
using a variety of treatments that do not
adhere to a behavioral model, follow an eclectic approach, or
do not make treatment decisions based on solid research
not participating in the intervention
process or parent training
We are the agency for you if you are
utilizing treatment strategies that are
working with professionals who have been
providing effective ABA treatment since the 1970’s with
students on the autism spectrum
actively participating in the process by
learning all you can to effectively relate to and respond to
If you have high expectations for your child’s
future we would like to be a partner with you in their treatment
To explore possible enrollment in any of our ABA programs,
complete the Request for Services form and submit it to our
office. This allows our clinical staff to quickly gather
information about your child so we can efficiently answer your
questions and give you a recommendation on which services should
be provided to meet your child’s individualized needs.
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