Author Archives: Behavioral Innovations
For more than 13 years, Behavioral Innovations has delivered the finest Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy available for early childhood intervention. We have centers and home-based therapy in many cities across the state of Texas and our programs are overseen by Board Certified Behavior Analysts with master’s degrees and several years of experience working with children.
By providing flexible scheduling options, small therapist to client ratios, and skilled staff, we are able to tailor our programs to a child’s unique needs while providing the frequency, oversight, and quality care our clients deserve and expect. Our ultimate goal if for the children we serve, upon leaving BI, is for them to be successful attending a mainstream school with little or no support. We want to thank the fine people of Texas for supporting us in our efforts.
Our methodology is based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which has a proven track record of producing meaningful, life long, developmental growth in the children served. The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the Surgeon General of the United States and The American Academy of Pediatrics all endorse ABA. Our programs include 1:1 and small group instruction as well as social skills development and functional communication. They also incorporate play skills, self-help skills and daily living skills.
Parent training is an essential element of what we offer and is available in all of the markets we serve. It’s necessary for parents to fully support the therapy we provide for their children. We provide year-round training at locations throughout Texas so that parents know the best way to support the positive changes we are helping make with their children.
We’re excited about starting our 14th year serving Texas families and clients of referrals.
Behavioral Innovations is excited to partner with schools throughout the country to provide comprehensive educational support services. We offer varying levels of support and design our program to meet the unique needs of each school district. Our Collaborative Classroom model adopts a behavioral approach, which offers individual student and classroom support, systems support, staff and professional training, and parent training.
Working in close collaboration with our educational counterpart, our services support school districts to maintain their existing commitment to best practices, and to promote increased internal district capacity and growth. Specifically, the Collaborative Classroom model offers a comprehensive staff training package designed to empower the educators in the classroom by increasing their ability to effectively arrange an enriched and engaging environment, and to analyze behavioral contingencies in order to maximize student success. With an emphasis on team collaboration across all levels of the education team, the Collaborative Model enables instruction and learning in the classroom to reach new heights.
Lori Russo, MS, BCBA
At Behavioral Innovations, we are always looking for new ways to help people with developmental disabilities and are proud to announce that we now have programs that will address the needs of adolescents and adults. In early 2012, we were accepted into two Medicaid programs; the Home and Community Services (HCS) Program and the Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ICF/IID) Program.
The HCS Program provides individualized services and supports to persons with intellectual disabilities who are living with their family in their own home or in other community settings, such as small group homes. The ICF/IID Program provides residential and habilitation services to people with intellectual disabilities or a related condition. These two programs allow BI to help individuals at home, in a group home or residential facility or in an intermediate facility.
In late 2012, Behavioral Innovations was the first provider to qualify for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) School Transition Program. This program helps young adults better prepare for finding a job and living more independently.
With the school transition program and the above HCS and ICF/IID programs, we have the ability to perform a functional behavior assessment and develop and implement a behavior intervention plan. Social skills support is also incorporated into each program. Every plan is specifically engineered for each individual, according to his or her assessment, delivering a unique solution.
We’re excited about providing these services and look forward to serving your family’s and your client’s needs!
Jim Ayers, Director of Marketing
At Behavioral Innovations we know that living with the reality of a disability, at best, can be unpredictable. Your circumstances as a family, caregiver, or provider often change. As a result, our Specialized Services are designed to meet your family’s unique needs by designing a support program that will fit your situation. These services can be delivered in isolation, together or along with our Treatment Center services and are available for children, adolescents and adults.
- In-home services: Historically, ABA was delivered in the home setting by staff who were hired by the family and overseen by a BCBA. The BCBA would train the family and individuals in ABA procedures while also outlining an effective individualized treatment plan for the child. Behavioral Innovations continues to oversee these types of in home programs in order to meet the needs of the community. Parents of children diagnosed as early as 18 months may choose an in home program due to their child’s age. Likewise, services for older children may be more appropriate in the home setting. There are skills that are difficult to address in a Treatment Center such as family interactions, sibling rivalry, sleep issues, eating problems, daily routines, bathing, etc. that would be more appropriate to address through an in home program. Behavioral Innovations welcomes the opportunity to work with families who would like to hire their own staff or we will hire, train and manage the staff.
- Community Based Services: Individuals with Autism have a tendency to struggle with participating in community based activities such as grocery shopping, church, sporting events, eating out at a restaurant, etc. It is a goal of the treatment plan to equip our clients with the skill sets needed to participate effectively in the community. While we address most of the fundamental skills for community outings in our home based or treatment center based services, sometimes it is necessary for therapy to occur in the community setting. Generalization of skills from the therapy setting to the naturalistic setting doesn’t always occur but simply spending a few hours with the client and family in the community is sometimes enough to help the client enjoy the activity and be successful!
- Help with a specific short-term behavior problem: ABA is a well recognized therapy in the Autism community; however, Behavior Analysts are equipped to help with other disabilities as well as just behavioral issues. Typically a Functional Behavior Assessment is conducted for behavioral issues and a treatment plan is developed based on the findings. Family members, care givers, teachers, and significant others and any other caregiver involved in the person’s life take part in the analysis and intervention when appropriate. This process is typically one that can be brief, but life changing for the individual and those they love.
- Academic remediation: Behavior Analysis is the science of learning. Who better to assist someone with academic remediation than a Behavior Analyst? The goal is to determine how the individual learns and to arrange the environment in such a way that the person is successful in current academic situations and in future situations as well. These services can be conducted in the Treatment Center, home, school or community setting.
- Parent Training: Behavioral Innovations offers a parent training series as well as individualized parent training. Clients receiving Treatment Center or home based services participate in regular parent trainings as a part of our program. Families that are not a part of these services may just receive parent training only. These parent training sessions are tailored to fit the family’s needs and the child is the focus of the training.
- Social Skills groups: The social group is designed to aid children in becoming socially skilled such that they can be successful in real world situations. The goal is for the child to gain the skills to make friends, maintain friend/family connections and have positive interpersonal relationships. These sessions are conducted in the treatment center and involve visuals in teaching, role-playing, discussion and homework.
Carla Edwards, MS, BCBA
Wow guys! This year is almost half over! June is creeping up on us fast.
So far this year has been great! We’ve opened a location in Leander, Texas and a second location in San Antonio. Not to mention we partnered with the ASSIST Autism Foundation in Tyler, TX and have opened a center there!
We now have a total of 7 Treatment centers and 3 In Home service areas. Check out our facebook page for pictures of our locations! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Behavioral-Innovations/37016052749
Earlier this month we created a Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/behavioralinnov/ Check it out for things on Autism, crafts, educational ideas, products and inspirational quotes.
For Mother’s day we had “Muffins with Mom” and a great turn out! We have some very special mothers. Our kiddos showed how much they loved their mothers by creating their own cards.
At the end of this week we’re having “Hawaiian Shorts Day.” Wear your colorful Hawaiian shorts!
At the end of April we were a part of Give Autism a Chance, Burgers for Aspergers 2012, and the 8th Annual Any Baby Can Autism Walk. Each event was amazing and we look forward to next year! You can find more pictures on our facebook page!
Just a reminder, we will be closed May 28, 2012 in observance of Memorial Day.
We will also be closed on June 1, 2012.
This month of Autism Awareness was amazing! There was a great turn out at all of the events across the country.
Awareness was raised in all sorts of ways that you may not even expect. Third graders got involved in 4 Myles 2 Autism (http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/green_bay/2-myles-4-autism-makes-strides-towards-acceptance) and another school got involved by doing Bubbles for Autism (http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/hamilton-school-attempts-to-break-world-record-raise-autism-awareness#photo-9734237) in an attempt to break a world record. We had a great time at all of the events we attended and loved hearing your stories!
So many people were reached this month, but it’s important to remember with the month of April coming to an end that doesn’t mean Autism Awareness ends. There is still so much to learn and do that we can’t wait until next April to raise awareness again.
We hope everyone enjoyed this month as much as we did and look forward to future events with all of the friends that we made.
According to the CDC Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now affect 1 in 88 children in the United States (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html).
What are the different types of Autism?
Autistic Disorder (also called “classic” autism)
Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS; also called “atypical autism”)
What causes Autism?
All of the causes of ASDs are unknown. However environment, biologic and genetic factors may cause a child to be more likely to have an ASD. Most scientists agree that genetics are a risk factor. Those with parents or siblings with ASD are at a higher risk of also have ASD. Certain prescription drugs while taken during pregnancy have also been linked to a higher risk of ASD. Theories regarding vaccines and infections have led researchers to consider risk factors before and after birth.
Who does Autism affect?
Autism affects both genders, although there is a higher prevalence in boys than girls.
When do symptoms appear and what are they?
Individuals with ASD do not all have the same symptoms.
For some, ASDs may begin before 3 years old and improve over time. For others, symptoms may not show up until 24 months or later. In other cases, children seem to develop normally until about 18 to 24 months then stop gaining new skills, or lose skills they once had.
How do doctors diagnose Autism?
Diagnosing ASDs can be difficult since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis.
What are treatments for Autism?
Currently there is no cure for ASDs. However, early intervention treatment services can greatly improve a child’s development. These services are available for children birth to age three can include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others. ABA therapy is also a service that will help to improve a child’s development after early intervention.
We can’t wait to serve the Austin Autism community and the surrounding areas, providing the highest quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in Texas!
We will soon be providing in-network benefits with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, United Behavioral Health, Magellan, and Tricare/Humana to the residents of Austin and the surrounding areas.
If you’re interested in learning more about our therapy, insurance coverage and how to start services, please click here to go to get started.
Our first Austin center will be located at:
Crystal Lake Baptist Church
3400 North Lakeland Boulevard
Leander, TX 78641
Welcome to Behavioral Innovations in San Antonio! We promise to continue to provide the highest quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in Texas! BI provides in-network services for San Antonio military families with Humana/Tricare and in-network private insurance services with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, United Behavioral Health and Magellan.
We are currently offering the following services:
- Full and Part-time center-based day programs
- In-home therapy programs
- Consultative Services
A short Article at TheAutismNews.com talks about what a company is doing with tablets. Motorola has given tablets to a handful of families with children with Autism. Autism Speaks has found that there are certain apps for the tablet that helps children with communication skills. Of course the tablet apps aren’t focused on only communication; there are also games that involve coordination and counting.
Another article takes a similar view on apps and tablets such as iPads. One mother states that the iPad is a must have in her family because of the benefit it provides for her daughter. She also says that so much has changed in her daughter’s life thanks to technology.
The following is a link from AutismSpeaks.com that lists apps for iPhones and iPads that can be used:
There’s more than just those two options as well! There’s also the iPod Touch, the Samsung Gallaxy, the Motorola Tablet (mentioned in a previous article) and more options!
Upcoming Events: Friday February 3, 2012 is the Networking for kids in Fort Worth meeting.
Early Childhood Consortium of North Texas (ECCNT) meetings are the first Friday of the month (February 3) at 8:45 AM. http://www.eccnt.org/