Supporting Family's and Professionals in Northern California and Vermont
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Autism is a large spectrum with varying qualities, and it is important to take the time to understand each individual's unique strengths as well as developmental needs. By getting to know you and your child, AAI will help assess what supports may be beneficial. At AAI you will find that we celebrate all human qualities and the differences that make us who we are as individuals. Together we will support your child toward success.
Traits associated with autism often include increased attention to detail, strong working memory, creativity, visual 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, and other professional input 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, participation in the scheduled sessions by the family members, communicating often and openly with your supervisory team, and most importantly, continuing to implement intervention outside of the session blocks.
We at AAI take great pride walking with you through this exciting journey. Following the initial assessment, service hours and goals are recommended. Service hours can range from 10 - 40 hours per week. Research supports 25 - 40 hours per week with focused parent involvement. This dense schedule of hours may seem daunting at first, however progress associated with this schedule is highly advantageous.
AAI provides each family with a team focused on your goals. First, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), whose caseload is designed to be readily available to your family. We have intentionally limited the number of families each BCBA has so they fully commit to you and oversee, with great care, applied interventions. And second, a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who will work directly with you and your child. You will observe the RBT implementing intervention strategies, playing with your son or daughter, and often teaching learning-to-learn skills (self-help, functional communication, etc.) at the table and on the floor. The BCBA designs, oversees, collaborates, and supports all aspects of these intervention strategies.
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 and 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 your family’s choices and your privacy. Since we will be working so closely with your family, perhaps in the home or in a clinic space, and we will get to know you very well, we want you to know that we have a strong moral code that accepts all ethical traditions, lifestyles, professions, and beliefs. Importantly, our team has been specifically trained to never discuss any aspects of their cases outside of the intervention program.
We are here for you, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.