The work of The Institute is clinical; it is person-centered and person-directed, using teaching and treatment methods that reflect the best of clinically proven techniques to help individuals with disabilities grow and learn. Our work is compassionate, and recognizes that all people are both different from each other yet share countless similarities.
In the context of applied behavioral analysis (ABA), sound treatment typically begins with assessment – developmental, behavioral, communication, and adaptive. It seeks to understand what an individual’s developmental history and biology contribute to one’s strengths and needs, and how one’s environment shapes both adaptive and unhealthy behavior at home, at school or work, and in one’s community. Each individual served by The Institute receives the support of a clinically-trained staff member, either through residential, educational, day or vocational services.
Care for and treatment of the whole person is reflected in behavioral treatment plans that are developed by the person’s team, led by the clinician. Direct treatment providers are trained in implementing the plan by the clinician and the program management staff. Progress is monitored through the collection of data, which are analyzed by the clinician. Fine tuning of treatment strategies helps an individual become increasingly more competent and in control; her progress is accelerated and she gains the satisfaction of reaching her goals.
Among the many methodologies we use to help children and adults acquire and maintain new skills are:
- Positive reinforcement of adaptive and healthy behavior
- Group Instruction
- Social skills development
- Individualized instruction and coaching
- Teaching how to gain attention
- Behavioral contracting
- Self-monitoring and self-tracking
- Discrete trial instruction
- Activity schedules
- Counseling and token economy in combination
- Antecedent control
- Keeping picture journals
- Generalization training
The quality of individuals’ treatment and care is reviewed professionally during clinical case reviews by trained clinicians, Program Review Committee discussion, and presentation of each individual’s progress with the Human Rights Committee.