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SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP SESSIONS
PARENT TRAINING
Services

INTENSIVE ABA INTERVENTION

Autism Partnership UK promotes comprehensive ABA intervention designed to meet the individual needs of each child we serve. Our programmes are developed for each individual child to teach the critical foundation skills necessary for long-term success. Our agency is devoted to enhancing overall quality of life through treatment focused upon the development of improved social interaction, play and leisure skills, meaningful communication, classroom readiness, peer relationships and improved independence. Progress is achieved through the use of specialised teaching techniques, training and support for families, and a focus on teaching and improving appropriate behaviours.

We provide services for children with an autism spectrum disorder who are undertaking an intensive ABA program. A typical programme comprises between 20 to 40 hours per week of one-to-one instruction, depending on the child's age, individual needs and school placement.

Our individualised programmes look at each child in a holistic way, making sure that we teach all the necessary skills for successful development. Skill areas can include but not limited to:

  • Learning how to learn
  • Learning via observation of others
  • Language and communication skills
  • Social skills (from basic to advanced)
  • Play & leisure skills
  • Conversational Skills
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Independence
  • Sibling interaction and other family relationships
  • Cognitive/ academic skills
  • Motor skills
  • School/Pre-school readiness behaviours
  • Emotional awareness and regulation
  • Self-help skills including dressing, eating, toileting
  • Community living skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Self-awareness and self-evaluation
  • Perspective taking
  • Safety (in environment & with others)
  • Generalisation of these skills across people, materials and environments

All skills are taught using research based teaching techniques to ensure that student is learning at the maximal rate. Sessions are initially conducted in a one-on-one format for the majority of the time, although small-group teaching and/or structured playdates are included at soon as appropriate. Depending each child's needs, recommendations will also be made for different group programmes and school integration.

One-to-one teaching sessions can be provided by either Autism Partnership UK Programme Specialists, independently hired therapists, or a combination of these. Programme Specialists conduct one-to-one or group intervention sessions designed to teach communication, cognitive, play, social and self-help skills. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) techniques are utilized during all interventions. Important behavioural goals are targeted including reduction of stereotypic behaviour, increasing tolerance, coping with stress and eliminating disruptive behaviour. If clinically warranted, Program Specialists provide shadow support to children while they attend nursery, school or activities with friends in the community.

Programme Specialists offer direct one-to-one intervention that ranges from 2 to 15 sessions per week. Sessions take place in our therapy centres at Leeds and London, or at the child's home or school. Please contact us regarding the availability of staff.

Therapy sessions are overseen by Programme Supervisors. Programme Supervisors provide assessment and programme development. They monitor progress and make necessary refinements in the child's curriculum and programme plan. Program Supervisors supervise and assist staff and parents with proper programme implementation. They support all team members and parents in becoming a "behavioural expert" for the child. Programme Supervisors are also involved with working with classroom staff, data analysis, report writing, the creation of IEPs, and facilitating a team approach with schools.

Regular supervision sessions of an average 12 hours per month are conducted to ensure changes to a child's programme can be made as soon as the need arises, additional teaching programmes can be added where necessary, and a high level of consistency can be achieved between all involved in the implementation of the programme.

Consultation sessions are arranged two to four times per year for the treatment team, family and school staff to discuss the child's progress, current areas of concern, and to review short and long-term objectives. The Consultant will provide evaluation, programme development and modification, and behavioural observations. The Consultation session may also include a practical demonstration of teaching programmes.

Further Information

Eligibility
As soon as a child is diagnosed with ASD, the child is ready for teaching to begin. Some children are diagnosed as young as 14-18 months, whilst others are diagnosed at a later age. Regardless of when the child is diagnosed, treatment should begin as soon as possible to start to reduce the developmental gap between the child and his peers. Services can be provided for adolescents as well as young children, and are appropriate for children at all levels of functioning. The teaching techniques used and the types of skills targeted will vary depending on the age and needs of the student.

Session Duration / Times
Typically, a session ranges in length from 3 to 3.5 hours. The length of the session depends on several factors which include the child's age, the child's needs, and the schedules of Programme Specialists service times in your local area. Each session will include breaks and play times for the child.

Session times for Programme Specialists:
Leeds: 9-12, 1-5
London: 9-12, 1-5

Session Location
Services can be provided in our therapy centres in Leeds and London, in a nursery/school placement, at the child's home or in various community locations. The location of services should be discussed before your child begins a programme, as recommendations will vary depending on the student's individual needs.