Applied Behavioral Analysis Integration

The key to the Autism Behavioral Health Program at Springbrook is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) work collaboratively with our clients to provide compassionate, individual care.

In essence, this means that instead of focusing only on correcting the external behavior, we spend time upfront assessing individual needs and trying to understand why the child or adolescent with autism is acting out in destructive ways. While this approach requires more time and resources, it achieves much better long-term results, helping our patients with autism spectrum disorders achieve their highest possible level of functionality and wellbeing.

Autism Behavioral Health Program: Overview of a Typical Day


What does Applied Behavioral Analysis look like day-to-day? Attempting to fully understand autism behavioral health is a complex process, and it is nearly impossible to improve some of the self-destructive behaviors associated with autism in a vacuum. Each day in our program addresses the needs of the whole person. Children and adolescents with autism will have different therapies and other activities designed to help them reach specific behavioral goals. While we incorporate enough variety into the schedule in order to address the behavioral issues of each patient, and to challenge each patient to grow, we also make sure that our days are structured enough to reduce the anxiety associated with autism.

The Specifics of Our Autism Behavioral Health Program

Children With Autism who present challenges with their functioning level and behaviors make Great Strides at Springbrook

For children and adolescents with autism, we strive to create the perfect environment to help your child achieve success, no matter how severe the autism diagnosis. Children on the autism spectrum with functioning disabilities are more likely to have other physical and mental impairments, to have more difficulty with daily living skills, and are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues, including self injury. Unfortunately, many autism research and rehabilitative autism behavioral programs focus almost exclusively on high-functioning autism, and do not have the services to address the special needs of children with more severe autism or lower functioning abilities.
 
 

Our Approach

Individual Attention and Support


In our experience, children who have comorbid conditions such as executive functioning difficulties, motor control difficulties, or other neurological conditions may present as more severely autistic than they actually are, even if they have a low IQ test score. Many of these conditions have more to do with functioning than intelligence.

In addition, it is hard to obtain accurate IQ scores with traditional IQ tests that measure from professionals who are not used to the accommodations that must be provided for a child or adolescent at a lower functioning level. At Springbrook, our staff has extensive experience not only in treating the behavioral issues associated with autism in children, but also with recognizing and dealing with parallel conditions that may be affecting your child’s behavior, ability to succeed in social situations, and ability to perform the skills necessary for daily living.

In many cases, children come to us having been diagnosed with severe autism, but our comprehensive autism assessment shows that the difficulties are more complex than the diagnosis indicates.

For Children with Severe Autism Diagnosis

If it’s determined after our initial autism assessment that your child’s functioning level presents challenges, we have abundant autism resources to help your child succeed. Even students with severe autism have undiscovered capabilities and talents that we can foster. Given the right tools and the right approach, offensive behaviors can be corrected. As we mentioned earlier, many programs for children with autism spectrum disorder and other associated disorders are designed to address the functional issues associated with autism. However, these programs are not always well-suited for children that also have significant emotional or behavioral issues. Consequently, these children do not progress well in traditional autism programs.
Our program, on the other hand, includes The Sunrise Room, a unique place where children with a more severe autism diagnosis can learn together, along with ABA trained staff, special education programmers, and speech and occupational therapists. We first focus on joining behaviors, eye contact, controlling the environment, intense occupational therapy, speech therapy, and vocalizing needs, since many children with severe autism exhibit antisocial behavior. We also provide intense individual attention, realistic, measurable goals, continual oversight and assessment, and practical support for these important students, giving them the resources they need to live a more fulfilling life.

Learn More About The Autism Behavioral Health Program at Springbrook

If you feel like your child could benefit from our autism behavioral health program in South Carolina, don’t hesitate to contact us at (864) 834-8013. We offer both inpatient and outpatient programs for children and adolescents with autism.

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Need to make a referral?

Contact us at (864) 834-8013 to make a referral to our child and adolescent behavioral health program or our inpatient autism programs for children and adolescents.