Autism comes in many different shapes and sizes, just like people. But there is one common thread connecting all children on the autism spectrum: the need to be treated as an individual. Using applied behavior analysis and applied behavior principles results in therapy for children with autism that gets amazing results. Mindful and Modern Therapies is an applied behaviour therapy center that recognizes your child’s unique needs.
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What is an applied behavior center for autism?
An applied behavior center for autism is a facility that offers ABA therapy. This type of autism behavioral therapy is data-driven and customized for each child on a case-by-case basis. At Mindful and Modern Therapies, each child is paired with one technician so that they receive the personalized attention they need but are encouraged to explore their own independence in a natural environment.
What should I expect from an applied behavior center for autism?
At Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies, you can expect extremely qualified professionals– Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs)– working with your child in a calm, consistent, and safe environment. Our applied behavior center features natural sunlight and Montessori-certified learning tools that use hands-on learning along with multisensory engagements. We develop treatment plans with purpose in an inclusive, natural environment. Each child receives constant one-on-one attention and therapy that shifts to accommodate their specific learning style.
What is a natural environment in an applied behavior center for autism?
Unlike a clinical or classroom environment, a Natural Environment Teaching (NET) takes place in a “real-life” setting and includes elements that are familiar to children– real dishes and utensils, for example. This type of environment helps autistic children develop generalization skills– skills that can be transferred from one environment to another. This transfer of skills from one setting to another is crucially important in helping a child learn to self-regulate at home, school, and any other environment.
By using familiar objects such as dishes and utensils that are scaled to child-size, we encourage behaviors that are helpful in day-to-day life, such as washing dishes and putting things back where they belong. Moreover, these small actions help autistic children to develop and hone fine motor skills. Having a garden area gives children an opportunity to learn about nature and, understand how they fit into the picture, and to see beyond their immediate surroundings.
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How is MMAT an inclusive applied behavior center for autism?
Our facility is unique in that it is two separate facilities under one roof: a Montessori center and an applied behavior center for autism. The two centers are separated by a door, and there is a great deal of interaction and crossover between the two– led by children and overseen by technicians, of course. The small group setting at MMAT allows for concentrated one-on-one therapy for each child while participating in activities with peers. We find this integrated approach extremely useful in helping children of all abilities develop social skills that will transfer into school later.
What makes MMAT different from other applied behavioral centers for autism?
Our success in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder stems from a number of factors beginning with our integrated environment. Under our roof, children are able to thrive with social development– a critical skill for children with ASD. Beyond that, our Montessori-based approach embraces that all children learn differently, and our ABA therapies embrace this fact fully. We allow children to learn at their own pace in their own style, in an environment that is natural to them.
Mindful and Modern Therapies does not use external motivations as a means of motivating long-term behavioral changes. Instead, we inspire intrinsic motivation in our therapies– focusing on the whole child and letting them lead the process. This break from tradition makes therapy more enjoyable for children and encourages them to develop a strong sense of independence.
At what age can a child begin therapy at MMAT behavior center for autism?
We enroll children from birth to nine years old at Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies. Autism behavioral therapy at an early age may lead to significant improvements in language and other abilities later on. Our therapies are useful, however, for children of varying abilities at any age up to nine years old.
Get started with ABA therapy for Autism
The first step towards enrolling your child in a program is to take a tour of the Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies facility to see if it is a good fit for your family. If you believe that our staff and program is right for your child, then you must schedule an assessment with us to get a clinical diagnosis for your child. During the assessment, a BCBA will spend 60-120 minutes working with and observing your child in order to determine whether they have ASD. Once your child has been diagnosed, the process of being approved by your insurance company begins, and once you are approved, you may enroll your child in therapy. Once your child is enrolled, the BCBA will create a treatment plan specific to your child, and they will be paired with an RBT for their treatment.