Autism Breakthroughs Consulting offers individualized programming utilizing the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behaviour. We are committed to the provision of excellent service to families and individuals with autism or a developmental disability. We strive to make a difference in the 'quality of life' of the clients that we serve. Our hope is to enable children with autism to reach their fullest potential.
Summary of Services:
- Individualized programming for home-based IBI
- Supervision of IBI programming
- Training of parents and therapists
- Behaviour intervention programs
- Support for transitions to school
- Workshops and seminars
For home-based programming, Autism Breakthroughs Consulting can provide trained therapists or work with the therapist(s) that a family may provide.
Programming for children with autism is developed based on the child's needs as determined through curriculum assessments. The ABLLS-R (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills - Revised) by James Partington is one of the most common curriculums in wide use and encompasses a child's learning from early to intermediate skills. Another curriculum is the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behaviour - Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) by Mark Sundberg and is an assessment tool, curriculum guide and skill tracking system for children with autism and individuals with a language delay.
Supervision of IBI programming
To ensure that a child receives quality programming, adequate supervision is an absolute necessity. Supervision entails reviewing a child's progress and observation of the therapist as IBI is provided. Feedback is given to the therapist and program changes are made as necessary. Generalization is an important component of programming and must be monitored to ensure that it is ongoing.
Training of parents and therapists
The application of IBI is a skill that has to be taught. Trained therapists are essential for the ongoing success of a program. Autism Breakthroughs Consulting can provide training for the therapists that a family hires and in addition can provide training to parents to enhance generalization and the ongoing success of an IBI program.
Behaviour Intervention Programs
Behaviour concerns of a child or adolescent can be difficult for a family or school. In some cases a behaviour consultation may be all that is necessary. In situations where there is the potential for injury to either self or others or where damage to property or objects are a factor then a behaviour intervention plan/protocol can be of benefit. At Autism Breakthroughs Consulting over 25 years of experience with behaviour difficulties with all levels of disabilities and autism allow us to provide interventions that can be effective in decreasing the frequency and severity of behaviour difficulties and increases in appropriate, functional behaviour.
Support for Transitions to School
Transitions for children with autism are difficult. Transitions related to school can be particularly upsetting for children with autism. Entering school for the first time, moving to a different school or changing classrooms are all stressful and even more so for the child with autism. With the proper preparation, education and support during these transitions, the child with autism can and will be successful during these times.
Workshops and Seminars
At Autism Breakthroughs Consulting we are prepared to provide workshops and seminars on topics such as:
- What is autism?
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
- Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)
- Asperger Syndrome
- Behaviour problems and what to do about them
- Social skills
Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of any group and can be presented in a 2 to 3 hour format or an all day session.