A strengths-based approach that helps your child access their learning environment. We use evidence-based methodologies to support your child’s development. Creating success one step at a time.
Behavioral Services & Applied Behavior Analysis
What we believe…
All behavior is purposeful and/or serve a communicative or adaptive function.esearch tells us that learners are more successful in acquiring, utilizing, and retaining skills that are taught
under motivational and reinforcing circumstances. It is our primary responsibility to establish positive relationships with our learners and their families. The groundwork we set for our students, as they learn how to learn, is one of the most vital components in successfully teaching appropriate behaviors and other functional skills. We strive to build a positive environment for our learners so that it can be as productive and effective as possible. The families we serve can be confident in knowing data driven decisions are utilized in the creation and implementation of their child’s intensive programming within the natural environment.
We strive to…
Ensure the most effective, individualized intervention program for each child and to provide the highest quality of teaching that we can possibly achieve.
What makes us unique?
We are part of a clinic-based multi-disciplinary team that includes speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior therapists. This provides us with the opportunity to collaborate so that we are addressing the whole child, rather than just one specific need area.
We provide 1:1 support based upon each child’s individual behavioral needs. Our services are often provided at home, at school, and at our clinic. We primarily work in the following Bay Area counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree. Research has documented that ABA is an effective method for teaching and increasing a wide variety of valuable skills and for reducing problem behavior for individuals with autism and related developmental disorders.
ALLS is committed to providing quality ABA services to help improve the lives of children and their families. ABA’s systematic method for assessment and intervention allows ALLS staff to identify “why” a child engages in maladaptive behaviors and to develop the most successful strategies to teach new skills. With the use of behavior plans and consultation/trainings, parents and other professionals are taught how to utilize ABA principles to ensure a child’s success across all environments.
At ALLS, we provide students with:
- Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
- Visual Strategies
- Social Skills Training
- 1:1 Behavioral Support (at home, at school, in the community)
- Referrals are not required. If there is a concern, we schedule an evaluation.
- Once we have an evaluation, it is reviewed by our Behavioral Therapy Manager.
- We currently do not accept insurance for Behavioral Therapy services.
- We schedule an appointment once we determine the services needed.
- We send out a confirmation email to the parent stating the appointment information.
- We will also send a registration packet to the parent, which can be completed and turned in during the first appointment. There is no fee for registering.
Discrete Trail Training (DTT) is a specific method of teaching based on the principles of ABA. DTT breaks down skills into discrete steps and provides multiple opportunities to practice each skill. Through the use of prompting and reinforcement, children learn individual skills and then the ability to combine these skills into more complex repertoires. Research has proven that DTT is an effective method in teaching various skills to children with autism and related disorders.
Research has shown that most children with autism have difficulty processing auditory information. Trying to make sense of language in a very verbal world is a challenge for many children. Matching the verbal words with pictures offers a second/supportive avenue to learning language. ALLS utilizes visual strategies to promote a child’s understanding and success in addition to reducing frustration when teaching new skills and addressing behavioral excesses.
For children and teens with autism and related disorders, social interaction is often a challenge. ALLS utilizes a social skills curriculum that is based on typical development. This curriculum includes social skills such as joint attention (e.g. referencing others to share enjoyment, pointing to show others something of interest), play skills (e.g. turn taking, pretend play), conversation (e.g. initiating and responding) and understanding social rules (e.g. how to be a good sport). When needed, skill can initially be taught in a 1:1 setting and then generalized to peer dyads and eventually social skills groups.