ABA Therapy Programs

In Clinic

Ages: 1 year - 7 years

Up to 40 hours of ABA therapy can be provided, per medical necessity.

Autism and Behavioral Spectrum is proud to offer a fully immersive program that includes early intensive ABA and speech and language therapy, but also opportunities to engage in pet and music interventions, community outings, social skills and cooking activities, all while incorporating our ReggioABA pedagogy. Your child will have opportunities to learn and grow in a natural environment that embraces their skills and encourages individuality, while working on skills to prepare them for success with their same-age peers.

In Home

Ages: Ages vary

Up to 40 hours of ABA therapy can be provided, per medical necessity.

ABS offers a comprehensive treatment program centered on what our clients need most, and that includes providing therapy in your own home. In-home therapy offers the opportunities to explore and learn through the ReggioABA way in your own backyard, playroom, and even through trips to the local park. Your BCBA and RBT will work hand-in-hand to support and show you how to work on programs within the daily routine of your child’s natural environment.

Combination

Ages: Ages vary

Up to 40 hours of ABA therapy can be provided, per medical necessity.

In order to maximize flexibility and opportunities for learning, ABS can provide a split therapy program which includes in-home and in clinic setting therapy. This option offers your child the opportunity to work on skills appropriate for a group setting such as attending to stories, social skills with peers and transitioning within a classroom environment, while also giving opportunities to work on adaptive skills such as dressing, eating, and play within the home.

Our belief is that no two children learn in the exact same way, therefore, each developmental program is customized according to the needs and interests of the child. Individualized plans will be created by a team of therapists, paraprofessionals, and parents. Our plans are flexible, leaving space for strategies and interventions to be frequently analyzed and adjusted according to the progress of the child. Whether your child is showing any signs of concern in their progress or not, our center can help support and advance their development. ABS will concentrate on the interests and needs of the children by providing additional attention as a way to enrich their minds and interests.

A successful Early Intervention program works to promote and develop speech, self-help skills, communication skills, feeding and school readiness skills.  These programs are led by Board Certified Behavior Analysts also known as BCBAs and implemented by Registered Behavior Technicians also known as RBTs.  Research recommends that early intervention be provided for 30-40 hours per week.

Research done starting in the late 1980’s by Ole Ivar Lovaas showed that roughly 50% of kids who received early and intense ABA (40 hours per week) were indistinguishable from their peers after several years. This meant that those kids achieved normal intellectual and educational functioning. This is compared with only 2% of kids in the non-intense ABA group, who were receiving only 10 hours per week.

Throughout the decades, other researchers replicated Lovaas’ original findings, all with similar results. They studied and measured the type and quantity of ABA the clients were receiving. Some of the research went as far as to compare groups of kids who were receiving exclusively ABA therapy, to those who were receiving an eclectic approach of Speech, OT, ABA, and special education. The ABA group significantly outperformed the eclectic group in treatment gains. In 2010 researchers reviewed the literature on early intensive ABA and determined that children receiving 35 hours per week or more had the best treatment gains when compared to those receiving less.

 

 

 

Research Based Early Intervention ABA therapy is provided at our center. ABA therapy is offered for clients needing the most care and early intervention. 

 

Early intervention is the treatment, evaluation and assessment of a child prior to seven years old. Prior to five years of age children grow rapidly and develop many skills. Delays in development are an indication that your child may benefit from applied behavior analysis (ABA)/early intervention.

 

Early treatment and diagnosis are vital in order to increase the chances of a more positive prognosis.

Delays in development are typically apparent in the following areas:

Therapy provided at our centers are all overseen by specially trained, master’s level, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

Therapist-to-child ratios are 1:1 which is provided by Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certified professionals.

Exceptional therapy at AB Spectrum includes:

  • Complete PEAK testing Assessment and a Functional Behavior Assessment

  • Comprehensive behavior, communication and skill acquisition programs that are individual to each child.

  • Individualized Behavior Intervention Plans  

  • Verbal behavior / Communication training

  • Play & social skills training

  • On Site BCBA program oversight and therapist supervision

  • Child-focused, family-friendly learning environment

Your child's ABA goals will work on the following:​

  • Program development based on individual needs of the child and family

  • Planned training for parents, caregivers, and therapists

  • Self-care and daily living skill acquisition

  • Toilet training

  • Feeding therapy

  • Behavior Intervention Plan 

Emphasis will be given on the following stimulants:

Language and Literacy Growth

  • Practice using words or ASL to label objects and express needs and wants

  • Participating in reading time by recognizing words, imitating reading behaviors, turning pages, and babbling while looking at pictures

  • Exploring writing with scribbles on paper

  • Showing interest in counting, shapes, sizes, colors, and opposites (up vs down, sit vs stand, etc)

  • Starting to communicate using simple words 

  • Using an increased amount of words to express desires and ideas

  • Storytelling and retelling daily events

  • Beginning to write names, letters, numbers, and making shapes

  • Rhyming and singing familiar songs

  • Asking and answering simple questions

  • Creating and identifying simple patterns

  • Recognizing and naming letters and numbers in books

  • Journaling using writing, drawing or photography that includes people, animals, events, and more

 Physical and Intellectual Growth

  

  • Sorting and classifying similar objects

  • Exploring cause and effect by discovering new ways to play with toys

  • Learning to walk, hop, throw, kick, and start to run

  • Showing increased body awareness and control

  • Developing interest in novel art materials like play dough, chalk, paint, crayons, and clay

  • Developing interest in music through games and simple songs

  • Following simple rules

  • Creating memory growth

  • Habit Training/Toilet training

  • Expression through arts and photography

  • Taking part in and designing scientific experiments

  • Comprehending past, present, and future

  • Role playing

  • Following rules independently or with minimal prompts

  • Completing challenging activities that require greater focus

  • Encouraging self creatively with innovative toys

  • Improving gross motor movements such as running, jumping, hopping, and balancing

  • Increasing self-care abilities

  • Following and giving directions

  • Examining new objects or situations with deeper curiosity

 Community Growth

  • Regulating emotions independently or with the help of a familiar adult

  • Increasing body awareness of self and peers as it relates to social settings

  • Pretending and imitating play with household objects and toys

  • Increasing attention spans

  • Increasing problem solving skills

  • Increasing interest in interacting with familiar adults and other children

  • Show increasing interest in interacting with other children by noticing others’ emotions”

  • Acknowledging feelings of others and responding appropriately

  • Staying focused and asking peers to do the same

  • Building relationships with familiar people

  • Understanding who can help with wants and needs

  • Showing an initiative to play with other children and building similar interests

  • Resolving disagreements with peers

  • Showing a variety of emotions during role play

  • Controlling impulses with adults and peers

  • Appropriate behavior during group mealtimes

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY 

AB Spectrum General Contact Information

Phone: (314) 339-7732

Email: info@abspectrum.org

Fax: (636) 244-4914

 

Chesterfield

14733 Clayton Rd Chesterfield, MO​ 63011

Direct Line: (636) 284-9487

Email: chesterfield@abspectrum.org

St. Charles

1030 Wolfrum Rd, St Charles, MO 63304

Direct Line: (636) 445-4659

Email: stcharles@abspectrum.org

Administration Hours: 7:00am-4:00pm

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