The Structure of Our Programs
The ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills) is the primary assessment tool we use and will also serve as a guide for program development and lesson planning. We will work collaboratively with school and regional center personnel. We provide one-on-one intensive principle-based behavioral therapy and will decrease the ratio to pairs and small groups as a child's skills advance and require a more naturalistic, classroom-like setting.
Family and parental involvement is of paramount importance. Parents will be involved in weekly team meetings that include all staff and supervisors on a child's team. All goals and progress and concerns will be discussed. There will be "homework" assignments every week that complement learning goals in a child's current center lessons. Parents will be involved in weekly "Parent Training Seminars" that run in 15 week blocks during the fall and spring semesters (August - December and January - May).
Seminars will address a specific behavioral principle and its use in teaching children with autism (reinforcement, replacement behaviors, functional assessment, shaping, prompting, behavioral momentum, etc.) An orientation will be provided to all families beginning a program with the Autism Center @ Fresno State to provide basic information about what it will be like to be involved in an ABA program and what programs at AC@FS involve specifically. Information will be provided to enhance a family's participation and overall experience with the program. We look forward to working with your family and your child
Below are a list of our Autism Center Services:
Intensive ABA therapy programs (25 – 35 hours per week) comprehensive center program for children 18 mo. -6 yrs.
Supplemental ABA program 10-24 hours per week: intended to supplement school or other ongoing program (for 18 mo – 6 yrs).
Parent Education Seminars: weekly classes offered to any parent in the community. Seminars will address specific behavioral principles and how to use them in teaching children with autism.
Assessments & Testing: thorough behavioral assessments using a variety of tools including the ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills).