Intensive Behavior Therapy Center
Therapeutic Day Program
We have many day programs for all age groups. Scroll down to learn about our Summer Program and the different intensive behavior therapy programs during the calendar year. Request a consultation to discuss which program is right for you and your family.
Summer program and camp for kids & teens with autism.
Each summer, our day program is open to all age groups. Each child will have an individual treatment plan. But summer break is exactly that...a break. We make sure each child has a fun, activity-filled schedule while maintaining all the progress they made this school year. Treatment plans and activity schedules are tailored to the learner.
Even though kids will work on their goals (see Unique Treatment Plan), they deserve a summer break! Each week, the kids and teens follow a unique activity schedule depending on their own interests and needs. Every group of children will have the opportunity to socialize, go on field trips, and simply play and relax. Check out our photos below to see what camp was like in 2016.
Unique Treatment Plan
Each learner has their own needs. Programs are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Clinical Counseling. The goal is to ensure each child and teen maintains the skills they have worked so hard for this school year. Kids & teens also work toward new goals in all areas such as: social, academic, language and communication, and behavioral.
Children and teenagers are welcome to join us as soon as their summer break begins. Most campers participate from 9AM - 4PM 4 or 5 days per week. The schedule is very flexible and will depend on the needs and availability of each family. Transportation is available for qualified families.
Last Summer at AFC
Take a look at a few pictures from last summer's program.
Find out if AFC's Summer Program is a good fit for your child or teen!
During the school year
A preschool and kindergarten curriculum that creates a social emotional learning program.
Certified ABA Therapists use preschool learning activities to teach kids social skills. ABA Counselors tailor the curriculum and lesson plan for each students' needs. Following a preschool and kindergarten classroom schedule, children engage in learning games and activities. Kids take part in an emotional learning program developed by dedicated clinicians and educators.
Homebound and homeschooled children can reach their social and academic potential at AFC.
When behaviors interfere with learning, school-age kids can become homebound or homeschooled. AFC's day program will work to reduce those behaviors that are keeping your child at home. The structured curriculum will ensure your child continues to build academic and social skills.
Young Adult Program creates vocational support through independent skill building activities.
Counselors use an ABA approach to implement intensive job coaching. Getting a job requires that each young adult first build the necessary qualifications to apply. ABA Therapists guide each individual to practice new skills and take each step necessary to get a job. Young adults also work on independent skills like budgeting, grocery shopping, laundry, and more.
All center based programs have a 1:1 Ratio. Each day, staff assess which planned activities the students will benefit most from.
Intensive ABA Therapy for Early Learners
Trained ABA Counselors use a preschool curriculum to increase social, emotional, and academic skills and reduce behaviors that inhibit learning.
Derived from the concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Common Core, AFC's Day Program supports children who may not be ready to attend a traditional classroom. All children have the potential to excel. But, the structure of a classroom environment often evokes distractions and anxiety. Stressors are associated with: routine-following and attending to the instructions in a group setting. Many also need more support with transitions to structured activities.
Follow a Preschool Curriculum
The program is set up like a typical classroom. Counselors work with each child individually as well as in a group of appropriate peers. All children will complete the prerequisite steps to be Learner Ready. The outcome is a child who is ready to enter an academic environment without supports.
Speech & Communication Skills
Intensive ABA Therapy works on functional communication including vocal communication. The goal is for all children to effectively speak up for their needs and engage in meaningful conversation.
Teaching Social Skills
ABA Counselors lead social skills games for kids to facilitate the development of true, meaningful friendships.
curriculum for Academic Skills
The program follows a typical curriculum for preschool and kindergarten. However, lesson plans are uniquely tailored to meet the individual needs of each students. This is made possible by AFC's one-to-one staff to student ratio. ABA Therapists break down academic skills into smaller attainable steps and teach with errorless learning.
The program walks children through the preschool schedule they can expect to see when they enter the classroom. AFC's counselors work to teach children how to transition from activity to activity. Kids practice engaging in non preferred activities while also waiting for their favorite activities to start. Kids leave the program ready to enter the classroom without supports.
Intensive ABA Therapy is covered by most major insurance providers. Autism Family Center accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Optum, United, and Harken.
Like a preschool schedule, children are welcome to join us for either full or half days. Flexible start and end times are also available.
As a convenience to working parents and busy families, AFC offers Transportation. Find out if transportation is an option for your family by requesting a consultation.
Huffington Post: Read Autism Family Center's articles on topics like: Kindergarten expectations, Preschool Benchmarks and Performance Descriptors, and center based services for early learners.
The Behavior Analytic Approach to Early Education
Teaching from a Behavior Analytic standpoint is different than traditional approaches to education. Indeed, the entire point is to teach children who need a unique approach. Often, adults have lowered expectations for children who have a Developmental Delay - such as Autistic Disorder. And yet, children on the autism spectrum are often very capable of learning any skill that we expect a neurotypical child to learn. All the child needs is a dedicated professional, who understands the variety of approaches in education.
A couple of weeks ago, our organization wrote an article about the Preschool Benchmarks outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education. Today we want to review how Behavior Analysts might approach each of these benchmarks.
Preparing your child for preschool & Kindergarten
Entering Preschool and Kindergarten is an important step in your child’s life as they begin their academic journey. The adults in a child’s life - their caregivers, their teachers, and their health providers - are responsible for working together to ensure each child is prepared to explore academic advancement. But how exactly do we measure achievement for children at this age? How do we know when a child needs additional attending?
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) measures academic achievement based on Learning Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Descriptors (Levels).
It is extremely important to note that not all children are going to fall into the categories or examples listed below. Children develop at their own paces and illustrate development in different ways. That is why it is so important for schools, parents, and providers to work together to ensure each child is given the opportunity to advance given their own specific qualities and interests.
Why Autism Therapies Are Moving Out Of The Home And Into The center
For years, people on with Autistic Disorder - or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - have participated in home-based therapy. The concept behind home-based treatment is that it helps to facilitate behavioral intervention in the natural environment. For example, if a teenager is working toward the independent skill of doing laundry, they can practice with a counselor using their own laundry room and their own clothing. For many goals, home-based intervention is an important route to take.
Yet more and more, providers are moving toward other environment to facilitate interventions - such as the child’s school, the community, or even specialized centers. According to the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Mary Jane Weiss, this is due to the increasing
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