SUPERVISION & Training
A Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) will be conducted to determine the needs of your child. Depending on our client's individual needs, our FBA's may include the following:
Identification Of Problem Behaviors - Our clinical team will assess the possible reasons why your child engages in interfering problem behaviors. We will evaluate the variables affecting your child's behaviors, and will create individualized behavior treatment plans designed to decrease interfering problem behaviors and increase person-centered replacement behaviors..
Functional Analysis - Some behaviors can be more complex than others. If the clinical team cannot determine the function of a problem behavior, a functional analysis may be required. A functional analysis is an additional scientific assessment that is done in a very structured manner to further determine the reason why your child engages in a specific behavior.
Skill Acquisition - Various assessment tools will be used such as, VB-MAPP, EESA, Vineland Assessment, and AFLS to determine if your child is meeting age-appropriate skills. IF your child is showing delays in certain skill areas, our clinical team will create treatment plans and programs that are designed to target these skills. Some examples of skill acquisition targets include, receptive and expressive communication, social skills, play skills, self-help skills, emotion and perspective taking, safety, and community.
Caregiver Training - Parents and Caregivers are a crucial part of our team! An assessment of parent/caregiver skills we be conducted to determine how we can help you, help your child. Together, we will create an individualized goal that will teach you how to help your child in their areas of need.
Clinical Recommendations - Once the FBA has been completed, our Behavior Analyst will make a clinical recommendation of prescription therapy hours, supervision hours, and other services that your child may need.
ABA Based Therapy
Applied Behavior Analysis is a science that focuses on understanding individual behavior and the biological, environmental, pharmacological, and circumstantial factors that influence behaviors. Our understanding of human behavior allows us to use the principles of Behavior Analysis and apply it to an individuals natural learning environment.
Applied Behavior Analysis is one of the most widely accepted and researched therapy for children diagnosed with Autism. ABA based therapy is also an effective treatment to target behavior goals for individuals diagnosed with other developmental delays and any individual who wishes to work on a particular behavior.
During ABA based Therapy, our Behavior Therapists work with your child 1:1 within the home and/or community setting. Our therapists target decrease of problem behaviors and increase socially significant skills that will improve you're child's ability to access their learning and social environment. Some of the teaching strategies we use are as follows:
Natural Environment Teaching (NET) - We use your child's natural environment and contrive opportunities to work on their goals. While this may look like play to your child, our therapists are working on various skills such as, communication, fine motor, gross motor, sharing, matching, labeling, and many more - because ABA is fun!
Functional Communication Training (FCT) - During FCT, you and your child are learning how to communicate with each other. Communicative responses are taught to access their wants and needs, as well as to terminate undesired activities. Our team will help your child use the most effective and functional means of communication that is accessible. Some examples of communicative tools are, American Sign Language, Picture Communication, and other Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices.
Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)- This is a more structured approach to teaching skills. Our therapists target specific skills that will teach your child to discriminate various items in their environment and engage in more difficult table top tasks. Therapists are provided with specific strategies on how to implement DTT wherein it is therapeutic and engaging for your child.
Task Analysis - This is an approach that is used to teach skills that require multiple steps to complete. Our therapists will be provided with a step-by-step list and shaping procedure on teaching target skills. Some examples of skills that are taught using a Task Analysis are, brushing teeth, tying shoes, forming sentences, learning safety information.
Other evidenced-based ABA strategies may be utilized during your child's therapy. Our clinical team will be going over these strategies with you in detail once services start.
Parent Training is also included in ABA services. Our Clinical Supervisors create parent goals and because we work as a team, parents are required to participate, learn, and implement the strategies being used to help their child.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Training - ACT is based on Relational Frame Theory (RFT) which is a process in which humans form derived relationships between different words, items, experiences etc. We use ACT principles as an augmentative way to teach our clients how to engage in mindfulness, practice psychological flexibility, and identify behaviors that help them move towards their values.
Our clinical team will be taking data constantly to ensure that we are able to monitor your child's progress.
School Consultation & Behavior Support
Behavior Supports are typically included in your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP). These behavior supports are typically provided by a school employed team or a non-public agency. In order to provide a person-centered approach to your child's therapy, we maintain collaboration with your child's IEP team.
Behavior Consultation Caregivers may request for additional school support from our behavior analysis team. Consultations are packaged depending on your child's needs and may include the following:
Observation in the classroom, school social setting, and/or afterschool program
Functional Behavior Assessment
Teacher / IEP team collaboration
Behavior Support Plan to be provided to your child's teacher
Observation and Assessment report provided to parent
Supervision, Mentorship, and Professional Development
Supervision - Symphony Behavioral Health values your professional growth. We currently provide supervision for those pursuing their BCBA, BCaBA and RBT certificates. This service is currently available for employees of Symphony.
Ongoing Training and Professional Development - On going training and professional development are provided to all our staff.
Mentorship - Mentorship is provided to students, clinicians, and anyone within the field to help strengthen their clinical practice, business practice, and overall career goals. Mentorship is provided by our Executive Clinical Director.
Symphony Learn - We are an Authorized Continuing Education Provider and are able to provide continuing education units to qualified individuals. Topics covered by our Symphony Learn platform vary from ABA, integrated ABA, to multiculturalism and diversity. Symphony Learn platform is currently under construction.
Trusted Network of Supervisors - These supervisors offer a variety of services from advising, tutoring, to supervision. These supervisors are recommended by our executive clinical director to those who are not currently employed and are seeking supervision, or to our staff who wish to access tutoring, study sessions, and additional resources offered by our network.