Helping families affected by Autism and related disorders to achieve REAL Meaningful Growth and Change so that their loved one with Autism can reach their fullest potential and live their best quality of life.
At Behavioral Outreach Services, LLC, our well trained, certified/licensed staff are committed to helping children and adults, their family members, caregivers, and the professionals that support them. We are working to give them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and live their best quality of life. We achieve this by working to decrease challenging behaviors, teaching individuals how to communicate their wants and needs effectively with the world around them, and to live as independent a life as possible from childhood to adulthood. This is accomplished by providing quality individualized person-centered, evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis services (ABA) to children and adults, their family members, caregivers, and the professionals that support them. We also provide professional development workshops to licensed/certified personell such as Teachers, Pediatricians, PCPs, Day Care Workers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, etc.
Changing Lives for the Better: Through the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with our BCBAs/LBAs and our RBTs, we skillfully work to decrease problem behaviors, teach foundational communication skills, and life-skills to bring about meaningful growth and change which will help individuals to further their education, obtain gainful employment, and be contributing members of society as independently as possible in adulthood.
We believe that every individual deserves a chance to develop to their fullest potential, and to live their best quality of life as independently as possible. Afterall, children (God willing) grow up to become adults. We want to ensure that parents, caregivers, and professionals have the appropriate parenting and teaching skills that they need to support their loved ones. We want to ensure that individuals have the appropriate accommodations, modifications, supports, and services that they may need in order to reach their fullest potential and live their best quality of life.
To help your loved one in reaching their fullest potential it is important to remember the following:
o Despite your loved ones disability, you should always assume they can achieve the SAME outcomes as their non-disabled peers. Just remember that HOW you get there may take longer and may look different than it does for typical peers.
o It is ESSENTIAL to teach the necessary communication skills and life skills in order to build one’s independence and to appropriately function in society. You need to teach your loved one the skills necessary to appropriately communicate whether verbally, with pictures, or a communication device.
Commitment: Our ABA therapy is a commitment. We are “All In” for you and your loved ones, we need that same commitment and follow through from you. We will work diligently to overcome obstacles and put in place tried and true evidence-based strategies that work to help YOU in teaching your loved one communication skills, life skills, and independence in order to reduce problem behaviors and help your loved one to reach their fullest potential.
We accomplish this through the following:
o Working Smarter, not Harder: Parenting is hard work. Being a teacher or professional working with those with disabilities is also hardwork. If what you are doing is not working, then you need more tools or strategies added to your toolbox. That is where ABA comes in. We can teach you effective evidence-based strategies to make your job as a parent, teacher, or professional easier. We are not saying making changes is going to be easy because it is never easy. We are saying it will be worth it in the end. ABA therapy is hard WORK, and it takes a lot of energy from you, your child, and their support staff. Since you are already using a lot of energy, why not focus that energy in such a way as to bring about more efficiency at reducing problem behaviors, teaching academic skills, life-skills, and independence. “It makes good, logical sense to do this.”
o Teamwork: We believe “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.” You, the parent, are the expert on your loved one. We are the professionals in behavior. When all parties combined are working together and using open and honest communication we can provide the best outcomes for your loved ones, and their families, caregivers, and professionals that we serve.
o Ensuring Success at Every Step of the Way: We are committed to teaching YOU the strategies that YOU need, at a pace which will be the most successful for you, your family, and your loved ones. When working with families and caregivers, we will ONLY teach 1 to 2 behavioral strategies at a time. This will ensure that you fully understand what to do, how and when to do it, what not to do, and how to record the behavioral data before we add another strategy. We want to make sure you are confident in your new skills, successful in using them, and feel supported by us every step of the way.
o Helping Direct You to Resources You May Need: We realize that we are only one part of a team that is supporting you and your loved one. We will always tell you when we believe that you and/or your loved one could benefit from being evaluated and/or treated by additional professionals in other specialties. We are also committed to making sure that you know how to access the providers, organizations, and local resources that can help to further support you and your loved ones.
o Working Ourselves Out of a Job: Our job is to work ourselves out of a job. Our job is to teach the families, caregivers, and professionals involved in your loved ones care the tools that they need to support them. Our goal is for you to not need us anymore. We will accomplish this by helping YOU learn how to prevent problem behaviors, how to appropriately respond to problem behaviors, help you and your loved one communicate, and learn life skills in order for your loved one to live their most independent life possible.
o As previously stated, Communication is ESSENTIAL to appropriately function in society. We will place a heavy emphasis on teaching communication skills whether they are verbal, with pictures, or a communication device. We work diligently towards helping YOU teach your loved one to learn how to advocate for themselves, and express their wants and needs.
o Every parent and caregiver is an equal partner on our team. We value and respect your input in determining the most important behaviors and life skills to be addressed. We will help guide you in making decisions as to which goals we need to work on first
o Since children’s brains are not fully developed, parents should be making the decisions about health, hygiene, nutrition, education, and the day-to-day routine of your household, etc. However, the child, when appropriate may be allowed to make decisions regarding what they wear, what they eat, and free time activities. We will help guide you in teaching your loved one how to make good and age-appropriate choices when they are ready. We do this in order to restore a normal balance in the family dynamic where the parents can make the important decisions for the child, without the child engaging in socially inappropriate behaviors.
o It is important that all providers work together as a cohesive unit. With consent from you, we collaborate with other professionals that support your loved one (such as SLP, Pediatrician/PCP, PT, OT, medication management, etc.).
Every small achievement can lead to an amazing success story. We celebrate all achievements with those we work with, and recognize that a small goal reached can mean a big victory for you and your loved ones. It is important to note that individuals will make fast progress in some areas while making slower progress in others, and that is OK. There may even be times when it appears as though your loved one may take “3 steps forward and 2 steps back.” This is likely due to uneven skill development, an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, caregivers’ strengths and weaknesses, and other factors including but not limited to: changes in daily schedules, illness, medications, constipation or bowel issues, sleep issues, dietery issues, and so forth. Not to worry though, because “progress is progress no matter how small” and, as long as we continue to make progress towards our goals we will get there!