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ABA Therapy 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a data-driven, science-based therapy that studies the behavior of others and how the environment affects others’ behavior.  ABA uses the principles of reinforcement to teach and increase the likelihood of appropriate skills and behaviors, and decrease maladaptive behaviors.  It has also been proven to be the most effective therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  ABA has been effective for improving many behaviors for people, such as communication, social skills, independent functional living skills, play skills, coping skills, and eye contact, and can occur in environments such as in the home, community, school, and center. 

Our program, specifically designed for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, focuses on improvements in the areas of communication, social interaction, independent play, and adaptive functioning. Chitter Chatter offers quality evidence-based care using ABA to children and families from 12 months to 21 years of age. Chitter Chatter provides 1:1 therapeutic intervention for families and children by offering both home-based services and center-based services in both Wayne and Monroe county. In addition, Chitter Chatter supplies their behavioral technicians with their own electronic tablet used to track program data on and an on-site toy and supply area in order to support and provide the necessary tools needed for a successful ABA therapy session.

 

Signs & Symptoms

Possible “Red Flags”

  • Does not respond to their name by 12 months of age

  • Does not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14  months

  • Does not play "pretend" games (pretend to "feed" a doll) by 18 months

  • Avoids eye contact and wants to be alone

  • Has trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings

  • Has delayed speech and language skills

  • Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)

  • Gives unrelated answers to questions

  • Gets upset by minor changes

  • Has obsessive interests

  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spins in circles

  • Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

Social Skills

  • Does not respond to name by 12 months of age

  • Avoids eye-contact

  • Prefers to play alone

  • Does not share interests with others

  • Only interacts to achieve a desired goal

  • Has flat or inappropriate facial expressions

  • Does not understand personal space boundaries

  • Avoids or resists physical contact

  • Is not comforted by others during distress

  • Has trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about own feelings

Communication

  • Delayed speech and language skills

  • Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)

  • Reverses pronouns (e.g., says "you" instead of "I")

  • Gives unrelated answers to questions

  • Does not point or respond to pointing

  • Uses few or no gestures (e.g., does not wave goodbye)

  • Talks in a flat, robot-like, or sing-song voice

  • Does not pretend in play (e.g., does not pretend to "feed" a doll)

  • Does not understand jokes, sarcasm, or teasing

Unusual Interests and Behaviors

  • Lines up toys or other objects

  • Plays with toys the same way every time

  • Likes parts of objects (e.g., wheels)

  • Is very organized

  • Gets upset by minor changes

  • Has obsessive interests

  • Has to follow certain routines

  • Flaps hands, rocks body, or spins self in circles

Other Symptoms

  • Hyperactivity (very active)

  • Impulsivity (acting without thinking)

  • Short attention span

  • Aggression

  • Causing self injury

  • Temper tantrums

  • Unusual eating and sleeping habits

  • Unusual mood or emotional reactions

  • Lack of fear or more fear than expected

  • Unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

 
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Procedural Skills

Circle Time

Circle time is a great opportunity to work on social skills with staff and peers. Clients and their techs will get together in the sensory room to sing songs, participate in activities, read stories, and make crafts. Client grouping will ensure that crafts and activities are appropriate for each child’s age and ability, so everyone can participate. Each week brings us a new theme in which our activities are based on. Circle time is all about having fun with friends while developing crucial skills that can be applied to many different environments. 

Specifically, Circle Time is intended to focus on these areas:

●  Social Interaction

●  Communication

●  Mobility

●  Attending

●  Following Verbal Instructions

●  Transitions

●  Gross & Fine Motor Skills

Social Skills Group

Social Skills deficits can present a great barrier to children who are on the ASD spectrum. Our social skills series helps participants learn and practice real life skills that will help them now and into the future.  While our group is fun and interactive, this is not a 'play group'.  We use programming and ideas taken from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) meaning each child will be exposed to experiential learning (role play & positive practice) as well as data driven decision making about progress and treatment goals. Our primary emphasis is on helping our participants work on specific interpersonal skills that may help them lead a better and more social life.  Our Social Skills group will concentrate on the following outcomes:

● Increasing ability to make friends

● Speak to others about common topics of interest

● Seek out new playmates or other casual acquaintances

● Interact more with family members

● Learn about specific social 'rules' and standards which help all of us navigate the social world

Each session runs 10 weeks with the option of enrolling in subsequent sessions. Parents of participants are given a copy of each lesson each week so that they can work on helping the participant generalize
his or her skills at home.  Participants will be separated by age into two different groups: participants ages 8-12 and 13-18.. 

If your child is not in these age ranges, please call and we can discuss if he or she may still be appropriate for the group

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Picture Exchange Communication System

“All of our technicians are PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) trained. PECS was created as an alternative communication that allowed the speaker (aka the child) to communicate to the ‘listener’. Pecs facilitates functional communication, seeking out another, eye contact and exchanging
of words.