ABA SERVICE PROVIDERS IDENTIFIED BY
Below you will find a selected list of ABA Service providers, (including
schools, agencies, and individual professionals) suggested by some CT
FEAT parents. This does NOT mean that CT FEAT recommends them.
CT Parents who are interested in learning
the often varying opinions of other parents regarding these providers
can network with each other via the CT FEAT Internet Discussion
A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS: CONSIDERATIONS IN CHOOSING AN ABA
CONSULTANT, PROGRAM, OR SCHOOL:
Keep in mind that that not all ABA professionals are autism specialists.
And not all autism specialists are able to treat effectively all kids on
the autism spectrum. For example, many who are skilled at providing
Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) to three-year-olds
with autistic disorder lack the appropriate experience to make treatment
recommendations for older AS kids.
This is also true for therapists. The same person, who excels at
teaching a nonverbal three-year-old how to sit in a chair or pay
attention, may be clueless when it comes to teaching an older Asperger
Syndrome child how to make appropriate comments in a social conversation
or refrain from self-stimulatory behaviors.
Furthermore, not all educational settings are optimal for all kids. A
child who might do wonderfully in a home program might do comparatively
poorly in an autism school, and vice versa. One child might be best
served by an inclusionary setting while another might make more progress
in a more specialized environment. You’ll need to educate yourself about
all the available options so as to assess what best meets your
individual child’s special needs.
Consumers need to educate themselves
regarding the minimal qualifications that an ABA provider should have.
For more information on these qualifications, see the
guidelines published by the Association for Behavior Analysis
ACES Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program
31 Temple Street, North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: (203) 234-7611 Fax: (203) 234-7180
Web site: www.aces.org
Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) is a Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) for the twenty-five school districts in south central Connecticut. ACES EIBI is a full-day, extended-year program in a public school setting employing a highly structured, empirically validated approach to teaching, based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The program is designed primarily for young children (from three years of age) on the autism spectrum and provides services for students up to 14 years of age. The ACES EIBI program is staffed by a trans-disciplinary team (including board certified behavior analysts, state certified special education teachers, certified speech and language pathologists and registered occupational therapists) working collaboratively to assess individual student needs and develop optimal individualized instructional programming. An on-site integrated pre-school is available for reverse and classroom-based mainstreaming opportunities as appropriate. For more information, please contact; James A. Hoko, PhD, EIBI Program Administrator/Assistant Director ACES Behavior Services Center.
ACHIEVE FLUENCY, LLC
Achieve Fluency Co-Directors: Danusia Pawska, BCaBA and Christine Cukar-Capizzi, BCaBA
Achieve Fluency is a private learning center and consulting service that provides tutoring and consultation services to families and school districts. At Achieve Fluency, we help children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities develop strong foundations in communication, academics, social skills and in other areas they need to participate successfully in their lives. We serve students with a wide range of ages and abilities using the most current science available and positive teaching methods. Using principles of behavior analysis and a powerful measurement system called Precision Teaching, we help our students learn new skills, practice to achieve effortless performance and apply what they have learned to new situations. Each child's program is highly individualized to meet his or her needs, and is closely monitored to assure rapid progress. All of our staff members have formal training in behavior analysis and have extensive experience teaching children with autism and related disabilities.
PO Box 1916
New York , NY 10101
Phone: (212) 873 9389
This organization is directed by John McEachin and Ron Leaf, both of whom obtained their Ph.D.s at UCLA under the direction of Ivar Lovaas. Autism Partnership (AP) provides consultation services, including training workshops, to both families and schools systems. Unlike some ABA providers, AP serves individuals of all ages, with a broad range of needs.
Though their main office is in California , AP has two senior staff residing in New York City who are available to consult with Connecticut families. Contact Aviss Pinkney-Bell at the above New York numbers. You can find more information about services in New York and Connecticut at http://www.autismpartnership.com/
THE CENTER FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
The Center for Growth & Development, Inc. provides the highest quality verbal behavior based ABA services to children with Autism and related disorders. We pride ourselves on developing thoughtful child-centered programs, and making this early learning experience a positive one for your child. We offer design and implementation of verbal behavior and natural environment programming to teach receptive and expressive language, play skills, self help skills, social skills, theory of mind (social cognition), executive functioning, pre-academic and academic skills. Services provided include intensive 1:1 instruction (discrete trial, natural environment teaching, errorless teaching), shadowing in school and community locations, facilitation of peer play dates, consultative services, training for school districts and service providers, and collaboration with speech and occupational therapy professionals. Additionally, we develop and implement behavior support plans, conduct ABLLS (assessment), develop IEPs and IFSPs, and participate in PPT meetings. Services are available in our Norwalk, CT location as well as in your home and community locations throughout CT. On-site daycare for typically developing children ages 0-5 provides opportunities for peer play and inclusion.
CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT (CCCD)
925 Bridgeport Avenue , Milford , CT 06460
Phone: (203) 882-8810 , Fax: (203) 878-9468
Established in 1995, CCCD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism and related disorders by providing educational opportunities utilizing established, empirically validated teaching strategies.
CCCD operates a private school for school age children with autism, an early intervention program for children under the age of three, and offers a graduate training program in Applied Behavior Analysis in conjunction with the University of North Texas .
CCCD also offers an Outreach Program providing home and center-based services including assessment, program development, training, supervision, consultation and direct instruction utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Contacts for more information:
Center Based Program: Megan McCarron, Assistant Director, or Holly Sickles: (203) 882-8810 ;
Outreach Program: Jill Castellani, Clinical Director, or Kimberly Baker, Outreach
Coordinator: (203) 876-5917
CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS, LLC
Executive Director - Christine Levine, M.S., J.D., BCBA
15 School Street
East Granby , CT 06026
Telephone: (860) 413-9538
Email Contact for East Granby Office: Clinical Director, Melissa Saunders, MS, BCBA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Contact for Southeast Office and Birth to Three Clinical Director: Krista Bordeleau, MA Ed., BCBA - email@example.com
Creative Interventions is dedicated to improving the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Intervention is individually designed to help each child reach his or her potential. Services offered include: direct behavior therapy, ABA consultation to families, schools and agencies, social skills instruction, parent training, assessment, and behavior management programs. Creative Interventions is now serving towns across Connecticut and accepting health insurance.
DOUGLASS OUTREACH PROGRAM
Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center
151 Ryders Lane , New Brunswick , New Jersey 08901
Phone: (732) 932-3902
This program is part of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center ( DDDC ), a center-based program for children with autism. They also offer home and school consultation. For more information, contact Rita Gordon, M.Ed., Director.
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THE EDEN FAMILY OF SERVICES: OUTREACH DIVISION
One Logan Drive , Princeton , New Jersey , 08540
Phone: (609) 987-0099
Fax: (609) 987-0243
The New Jersey based Eden Family of Services advertises itself as "offering community-based, lifespan services to children and adults with autism and their families" and describes its programming as "behaviorally oriented." The organization runs a variety of programs, including a school, residential facilities, and sheltered employment centers.
Eden's Outreach Division has been providing consultative services to some CT school districts. For further information, contact Ann S. Holmes, Director of Outreach Services.
THE INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, INC.
Consultation & Training Group
Phone: 203-389-6956 ext 158
1764 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge , CT 06525
Phone: 1-888-968-4489 Fax: 1-203-389-2906
The Consultation and Training Group at IPP was established to provide behavioral and educational support to children with autism and severe behavior challenges in their school and home environments. IPP provides a variety of services throughout CT, including: comprehensive educational services to young children with autism in their home schools and in their homes (including one-on-one discrete trial instruction), functional behavior assessment and program development for children with behavior challenges, teacher and parent training, and classroom management services.
IPP employs a number of doctoral and master’s level behavior analysts specializing in autism and the prevention and management of behaviors that are impediments to learning. For more information, contact: Directors of Behavioral Services: Charlie Newfield, Ph.D. (ext. 158) & Zbigniew Golonka, Ph.D. (ext. 122).
LEARN ABA Program
44 Hatchett's Hill Rd., East Lyme , CT 06371
Phone: (860) 434-4800
This program is part of LEARN, a regional educational service center ( RESC ) serving Southeastern Connecticut . LEARN offers both a center-based program for students with autism and school district based programs, founded in Applied Behavior Analysis. The center-based program includes one-to-one discrete trial instruction, small group instruction and structured incidental learning. Opportunities for generalizing learning in integrated settings with typically developing peers are provided as appropriate.
LOVAAS INSTITUTE CLINICAL TREATMENT HEADQUARTER
The Lovaas Institute is a research-based program that specializes in teaching children with autism, pervasive developmental disorders, and related developmental disabilities. The Institute provides services nationwide
. Clinical Treatment Headquarters provide clinic-based services to local families and
consultation services to families throughout the country.
Even if you aren't interested in obtaining services from the Lovaas group, their web site (http://www.lovaas.com/) contains an enormous amount of worthwhile information regarding the Lovaas model of ABA treatment for autism.
Lovaas Institute East Headquarters
(Cherry Hill / Philadelphia Office
52 Haddonfield-Berlin Road
, Suite 1000
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: (856) 616-9442
Fax: (856) 616-9454
Clinical Director: Linda Wright, M.A., CCC-SLP/L, BCBA
Assistant Director: Anne Horrocks, M.S.
THE MAY CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
100 Sea View Street, PO Box 708 , Chatham , MASSACHUSETTS 02633
Telephone: (508) 945-1147 ; Fax: (508) 945-2698
The May Center offers individualized, databased educational services with a focus on helping each student gain the skills necessary for success in his or her next environment. Our curriculum addresses all areas of a student's development including social communication, academic, vocational, domestic, self-care, play and leisure skills. Adolescents can also participate in our Supported Employment Program. All our programs are designed to ensure that children maintain the skills they learn and are able to apply them in new and different settings.
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Treatment Evaluation Manager
1890 Palmer Ave Suite 404
Larchmont, NY 10538
PYRAMID EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS, INC.
13 Garfield Way Newark, Delaware 19713
Phone: 302-368-2515 / 888-732-7462 Fax: 302-368-2516
Contact: Catherine Horton, M.S. CCC -SLP
Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. is the company that developed and markets the proprietary “Picture Exchange Communication System” (PECS) and “Pyramid” approaches to autism treatment. Their primary focus is on remediating the severe communication deficits often characterizing autism. Pyramid offers a variety of services including workshops, school and home consultation. Pyramid Consultants are located around the globe, but offer all services within the state of Connecticut. For general information, please visit their website at www.pecs.com. For specific information regarding clinical services please contact Catherine Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIVER STREET AUTISM PROGRAM
601 River Street , Windsor , CT 06095
Phone: (860) 298-9079 Fax: (860) 298-8413
Web site: www.crec.org/rss
A program of the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), the River Street Autism Program provides intensive, year-round, home-based services for children with autism. Intervention is provided through one-on-one instruction using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and discrete trial instruction. The staff also runs Model ABA classrooms in public schools, offers individual consultation in public school classrooms and serves school districts on a consultative basis for the development of early intervention and preschool programs using the principles of ABA .
The director of the program is Tom Parvenski, while Kathleen Dyer, Ph.D. serves as director of research and works in the program’s outreach division.
RIVER STREET AUTISM PROGRAM at COLTSVILLE
34 Sequassen Street , Hartford , CT 06106
Phone: (860) 727-8481 Fax: (860) 722-9438
Web site: www.crec.org/autism
CREC also offers children with autism a full-day, extended-year ABA program in a school setting, with opportunities for interaction with typically developing peers at its Coltsville facility in Hartford . This highly individualized program for children ages 3 to 9 offers several options, from 6 hours per day to 8 hours per day and from 209 days per year to 240 days per year.
Clinical supervision is provided by Kathleen Dyer, Ph.D., SLP- CCC , a board-certified behavior analyst. Staffing includes Connecticut-certified and ABA-trained special education teachers, trained associate instructors, board-certified behavior analysts, speech pathologists, as well as occupational, physical and music therapists.
Tyler Fovel, BCBA, Director
15 Deerfield Rd. Medway, MA 02053
email: Director@strategic-alternatives.com ; web site: http://www.strategic-alternatives.com/ .
Strategic Alternatives provides services to children in the Metro-Boston area and Southeastern Connecticut. Their web site also offers free training modules.
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