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Clinic-Based ABA Services
When it comes to ABA services, there are a lot of things to consider. One of the considerations is the location of which services will be provided. McRory Pediatric Services is proud to offer services in the home setting, community setting and clinic setting. Once a comprehensive assessment is complete, the treatment team will help you determine the best location for services to start. In many instances it may include a combination of home and clinic. This combination helps to ensure generalization of skills across settings, people and treatment materials. In addition, there are several benefits to clinic based ABA, including:
A school like setting prepares children for a traditional learning environment
Clinic-based therapy enables our highly trained staff to emulate many aspects of a traditional school environment including group activities, following routines, sharing, and establishing relationships with peers, and staying focused in a noisy environment.
Opportunities to practice social skills with peers
A hallmark of autism is difficulty establishing peer relationships and engaging in social interactions. Like with anything, social skills take practice. Our clinics are designed to provide natural opportunities for our kids to practice these skills in a variety of ways including small group activities like circle time, listening to a story, as well as larger common areas where children can participate in recess-like free play with friends of their own age.
Access to a multidisciplinary team
Many children with autism benefit from additional services, such as occupational therapy and speech therapy. When the treatment team has direct access to one another, it creates a culture of collaboration and continuity of care across disciplines. Further, supervisors are more available to provide direct observation and guidance compared to in-home services.
Better treatment outcome
In a recent study published by the National Institute of Health, researchers controlled for individual differences by comparing and contrasting in-home and clinic-based ABA therapy treatment for the same kids. What they found was that kids demonstrated far higher rates of learning during treatment provided in-clinic compared to in the patient’s home. In fact, they mastered 100 percent more skills per hour while receiving in-clinic treatment compared to home-based treatment.
For more information, please contact:
Jenn Heckel, M.ED, BCBA
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