Providing Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis in Northern California and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Welcome to AAI
Lake County, California
Families who receive a diagnosis of autism or a developmental delay are often first concerned with their child's future. A child’s journey on it's own is full of unknowns, but for a family dealing with a diagnosis these concerns can be intensified. However, it is important to know that Autism for example has endless positives. While understanding that Autism is a large spectrum with varying aspects it is important to take time and place attention on understand each individual's strengths as well as areas of development that may benefit from added attention. By celebrating your child's differences we together learn how to best support your child. Traits often associated with autism often include: increased attention to detail, strong working memory, creativity, visuals perception skills, and sometimes a deep focus on subjects of interest. This statement is not intended to romanticize autism, however we at AAI do not embrace the doom and gloom often expressed in our culture. We are committed to the work required to help your entire family achieve success! As part of our belief of respectful family care, we listen and honor the family perspectives. We incorporate family knowledge, values, other professional input, and beliefs into our planning and delivery system while adhering strictly to the science of applied behavior analysis.
Unlike many other services AAI asks families to recognize their role in the intervention process. This means a full commitment to the weekly session schedule, that family member participate in the scheduled sessions, honestly communicating with your supervisory team, and most importantly continuing to implement intervention outside of the session blocks.
Following the initial assessment service hours and goals are recommended. Service hours can range from 10 - 40 hours, depending on the clinical team's recommendation. Research supports 25 - 40 hours per week with focused parent involvement. This dense schedule of hours per week may seem daunting at first, however progress associated with this schedule is very much preferred. We at AAI take great pride walking with you through this exciting journey.
AAI will provide your family with a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). The RBT, a certified behavior technician, will work directly with you and your child. You'll observe the RBT implementing intervention strategies, playing with your son or daughter, and often teaching learning-to-learn skills (e.g.; self help and functional communication) at the table and on the floor. All RBTs are assigned a supervisory staff that will make scheduled visits to your home weekly to see how things are coming along.
This all takes time, and we will be around to help you along the way. You can expect us to communicate regularly with you, present you with progress updates, encourage you and your family to continue participating in the intervention, and be there with you as your child participates in other programs, such as public school and preschool programs.
Every six months we will sit together as a team to review progress, adjust goals and service hours as needed. In some cases all services may be discontinued due to your child's progress.
Lastly, it is important to us that you know AAI respects the fact that we will be in your home regularly or at least a part of your family life. We uphold a strong moral code regarding each family's life style, profession, privacy, and cultural background.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.