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Parent Training – Group

Parent Training – Group 476 476 bh360
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Our parent training groups focus on enhancing skills and techniques that can improve communication and cooperative behavior in individuals with autism and similar disorders. These trainings also provide valuable information, tips and techniques that can help parents better navigate the challenges that come with being a parent of a child with special needs. Offered in one of our behavioral health treatment centers, this training provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn and practice effective methods that can be used at home. Bringing parents together in a group setting creates a support system and can help parents connect with others facing similar challenges.

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Infant Development & Early Intervention

Infant Development & Early Intervention 476 476 bh360
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Our infant development and early intervention program helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities learn key skills that typically develop very early in life. Early intervention can contribute to a child’s success at home, in school, the workplace, and community — and can make a positive impact on a child’s development and accomplishments well into adulthood.

Our infant development and early intervention professionals are specially trained in child development, and they work alongside occupational and physical therapists and speech-language pathologists. Our goal is to get each child “caught up” with their more “normally” developing peers, so they can get back on track with standard developmental milestones. Our specialists assess and address:

  • Cognition
  • Language
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Social and emotional development
  • Adaptive and self-help abilities

Our infant development and early intervention offers one-on-one sessions, with frequency based on need. Services are home-based or are provided in one of our behavioral health treatment centers. Speech, occupational, and/or physical therapy services are integrated into the program as appropriate or necessary.

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Parent Training – Individual

Parent Training – Individual 476 476 bh360
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Our parent training is focused on enhancing skills and techniques that can improve communication and cooperative behavior in individuals with autism and similar disorders. Offered in an individual’s home, in one of our behavioral health treatment centers, or via telehealth, this training provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn and practice effective methods at home.

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Adaptive & Functional Living

Adaptive & Functional Living 476 476 bh360
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Designed to address to specific needs of individuals with development disabilities, our comprehensive adaptive and functional living skills training helps people function most effectively in their natural environments. With a focus on social awareness, community integration, effective communication, and independency, our program includes:

  • Behavior assessment that identifies developmental strengths and delays
  • Behavior services that focus on increasing peer interaction and integration skills
  • Development of independent living skills
  • Pre-vocational skill training
  • Parent training to give parents the tools to successfully manage behaviors
  • Parent and siblings support groups
  • Mental health services as needed

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Social Skills Training

Social Skills Training 476 476 bh360
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Our social skills training help individuals function more effectively in social situations and cultivates skills needed to create positive interactions with others. Delivered at one of our behavioral health treatment centers, we offer age-based groups for kids, preteens, teens, and young adults. Our groups are conducted in a comfortable setting where individuals with developmental disabilities can develop and practice their social skills with peers on a regular basis.

Social skills training focuses on:

  • School readiness
  • Socialization in natural play/natural interaction/collaborative environments
  • Following group instructions
  • Appropriate social behaviors in a community setting
  • Assertiveness/anti-bullying strategies

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Behavioral Therapy – School Based

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Behavioral Therapy – School Based 476 476 bh360
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School-Based Behavioral Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, refers to a variety of treatment options that are based on the principles of behavior analysis. ABA uses scientifically based techniques for understanding and changing behavior and is the most widely accepted approach to assess and intervene with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental challenges or delays. This type of therapy is conducted one-on-one, is customized for each person, and is appropriate for individuals of all ages.

Our program is designed to increase language and communication, improve attention and focus, and decrease problem behaviors. We build on each person’s interests and strengths using structured and fluid opportunities to facilitate learning. During ABA therapy, skills that are useful in everyday life are broken down into easy-to-learn steps, with positive reinforcement and goal-focused treatment that meets the unique needs of each individual. At its core, ABA therapy helps individuals function more effectively in their natural environments.

Throughout the process, progress is measured to ensure the teaching approach is working. These routine assessments guide any adjustments or modifications to the personalized treatment plan that may be necessary or appropriate and ensure continual progress toward goals.

How a Behavior Intervention Program Works for School-Based Services

Our school-based behavior intervention services are typically provided in the classroom. A classroom-based approach is beneficial because it provides the opportunity for the individual receiving therapy to participate in a normal school environment – often with their peers or siblings – while receiving the support they need to effectively participate in classroom-based instruction.

Under this traditional school-based service delivery model, each child receives one-on-one support from a Behavior Intervention Implementation (BII) professional in the classroom. Additional support is provided by the Behavior Intervention Development (BID) professional who designs each child’s customized program, monitors program delivery and tracks progress toward established goals.

Our traditional school-based services are available during the COVID-19 public health crisis for children who continue to attend class in person. While providing classroom-based services, our BII and BID professionals work closely with the school district and local school staff to ensure all established COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols for classroom-based instruction are followed.

Virtual Support During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, many children are not attending class in person.  Instead, school is being conducted remotely and kids are “distance learning” at home.  Lessons may be conducted by the teacher online or may be assigned and completed independently at home – or some combination of these two approaches.

Children who were receiving one-on-one behavior therapy and intervention in the classroom still need – and can still receive – assistance as they participate in distance learning. Our school-based services have been revised to adjust to the current situation and now include a virtual or telehealth-based option.

Under the telehealth-based option, each child still receives support from the BII and BID. But instead of supporting the child in the classroom, support and assistance is provided remotely. We can consult with the teacher and other related service providers to coordinate services to ensure we help the student in a meaningful manner.

Components of our Virtual Program can include:

  • Communicating with parents and / or students over the phone, computer, tablet or email.
  • Attending the student’s Zoom sessions – as a remote participant – along with the student and the teacher. Attending these sessions allows our BII professional to observe the student’s behavior and assist with the completion of follow-up assignments.
  • Conducting virtual sessions where the parent and the student can see the BII and/or the BID and the BII and/or the BID can see the student. This allows our BIIs and BIDs to engage with the parent and/or student outside of Zoom sessions and recommend strategies for behavior management as well as assist with completion of assignments.
  • Meeting with the parent and/or student remotely to help with assignments and address IEP goals as needed or appropriate.

In-Home Support During COVID-19

We understand that a home-based behavior intervention program may be relatively new to the school districts we partner with and to parents whose children we serve, however, California Psychcare has been providing ABA-based behavioral treatment services in the home for more than 20 years. We are experts in this delivery model, and we’ve demonstrated significant positive results through the delivery of our in-home ABA-based behavior therapy programs.

During the COVID-19 public health crisis while many kids are “distance learning”, our school-based services have also evolved to include in-home ABA-based services. This option is similar to our telehealth-based option, but instead of supporting the student remotely, our BII professional assists the child with “distance learning” one-on-one right in the student’s own home.  This is a great approach for parents and children for whom a virtual model may not be the preferred option to maximize success with distance learning.

Components of our In-Home Program can include:

  • Communicating with parents and / or students in person during in-home visits, as well as over the phone, computer, tablet or email.
  • Attending the student’s Zoom sessions – in the student’s home – along with the student and the teacher. Attending these sessions in person allows our BII professional to observe the student’s behavior and to assist with the completion of follow-up assignments during in-home sessions.
  • Conducting behavior therapy sessions with the student outside of Zoom sessions and recommend strategies for behavior management as well as assist with completion of assignments.
  • Meeting with the parent and/or student to help with assignments and address IEP goals as needed or appropriate.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Keeping our students, families and staff healthy is a top priority for us, and we have robust COVID-19 guidelines and programs in place to help keep everyone safe during all in-home visits.

Our COVID-19 safety protocols include:

  • Conducting daily wellness checks with all in-home care providers.
  • Assigning just one BII and BID to each student receiving in-home services – and having the same two professionals conduct in-home sessions consistently – to the greatest extent possible. This approach minimizes the number of people who need to come into the home to provide services.
  • Mandating that staff follow appropriate handwashing / hand sanitizing practices, wear face coverings and gloves, and adhere to other important safety measures.
  • Providing all our in-home service providers with essential personal protective equipment (PPE). To date we have procured and distributed more than 100,000 medical grade masks, 50,000 pairs of medical grade gloves, 140,000 sanitizing wipes, 8,000 bottles of individual hand sanitizer and gallons of bulk hand sanitizer. We’ve also provided hand-held thermometers for use as needed and appropriate.  We will continue to procure and distribute essential PPE to our in-home staff as long as necessary.
  • Rescheduling sessions if the student or anyone in the student’s household is sick.

Who Pays for Care?

The California Department of Education pays for school-based behavior intervention services that are provided through the local school district.

Who Can Get School-Based Services?

School districts make the decision about who receives school-based behavior intervention services, and these services are included in a child’s Individual Educational Program (IEP) if the school district determines that these services are appropriate for the child. Parents can contact their school district for more information.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Behavioral Therapy – Center Based

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Behavioral Therapy – Center Based 476 476 bh360
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Center-Based Behavioral Health Treatment
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1:1 Behavioral Health Treatment
Our Center-Based 1:1 Behavioral Health Treatment (BHT) services are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA. ABA uses scientifically based techniques for understanding and changing behavior and is the most widely accepted method to assess and intervene with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental challenges or delays. Sessions are conducted one-on-one, are customized for each person, and are appropriate for individuals of all ages.

Our program is designed to increase functional language and communication, improve skills related to attention and focus, and decrease problem behaviors. We build on each person’s interests and strengths using structured and fluid opportunities to facilitate learning. During sessions, skills that are useful in everyday life are broken down into easy-to-learn steps, with positive reinforcement and a goal-focused approach that meets the unique needs of each individual. At its core, ABA-based Behavioral Health Treatment helps individuals function more effectively in their natural environments.

Throughout the process, progress is measured to ensure the teaching approach is working. These routine assessments guide adjustments or modifications to the personalized treatment plan that may be necessary or appropriate and ensure continual progress toward goals.

Why Choose Center-Based for Your Child’s 1:1 BHT Services

  • Offers an environment where distractions can be minimized
  • Establishes a routine of going to a set location to learn
  • Increases opportunities for positive social engagement
  • Creates a perfect setting for generalization and using new skills in new ways
  • Morning or afternoon sessions provide scheduling flexibility
  • Drop off option offers a safe environment for your child while you run errands or conduct other personal business

Social Skills Groups
Social skills training can be an important component of your child’s program. These groups help individuals function more effectively in social situations and cultivate skills needed to create positive interactions with others.

Our Center-Based Social Skills services are conducted onsite in our clinic. We offer age-based groups for kids, preteens, teens, and young adults. Our drop off option is available and provides you with the opportunity to run errands or conduct other personal business while your child participates with other children who are part of their Social Skills group.

Social skills training focuses on:

  • School readiness
  • Socialization in natural play/natural interaction/collaborative environments
  • Following group instructions
  • Appropriate social behaviors in a community setting
  • Assertiveness/anti-bullying strategies

Parent Training
Parent training is focused on enhancing skills and techniques that can improve communication and cooperative behavior in individuals with autism and similar disorders. Our Center-Based Parent Training provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn and practice effective methods that can reinforce desired behaviors at home.

Clinic Tour
To learn more about how our Clinics are typically set up and how our Center-Based Services are typically conducted, we invite you to view this sample Clinic Tour video as an example of how these services will work in your particular location. If you would like a tour of a specific center, please contact us at 833.227.3454 and we’ll be happy to arrange a personalized in-person or zoom based tour for you.

Who Pays for Care in California
In California, healthcare insurance companies – and the health plans they offer – are regulated by the state and are required to provide coverage for ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment services for individuals 21 years of age or under, including coverage for treatment of conditions such as autism.

This means that if your child or other family member has healthcare insurance through a health plan in California, your insurance provider should help you cover the costs for appropriate and necessary treatment for autism and other similar conditions. That’s the good news. But benefits and coverage can vary, and even if your health plan covers treatment for autism, you still need to explore and understand the details of the specific coverage you have. If you have healthcare coverage through your employer, through Covered California or through some other arrangement, it’s important that you contact your insurance provider before beginning treatment to ensure you fully understand the specific coverage provided by your health plan.

Depending on your child’s age, diagnosis, geographical location or type of insurance coverage in place, care for your child may be available through your local regional center. Regional centers are affiliated with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and in some cases can help coordinate access to state-funded behavioral therapy services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and related conditions. To identify and contact your local Regional Center to determine if you qualify for state-funded services, visit https://www.dds.ca.gov/rc.

Who Pays for Care in Other States
Coverage for ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment services is typically covered through insurance. Benefits and eligibility will vary depending on your state and your specific plan. You will need to contact your insurance company to explore and understand the details of the specific coverage you have.

In some cases, additional funding for services may be available through local or state resources.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Behavioral Therapy – Home Based

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Behavioral Therapy – Home Based 476 476 bh360
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Overview

Applied behavior analysis, or ABA, refers to a variety of behavioral therapy treatment options that are based on the principles of behavior analysis. ABA uses scientifically-based techniques for understanding and changing behavior and is the most widely accepted approach to assess and intervene with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental challenges or delays. This type of therapy is conducted one-on-one, is customized for each person, and is appropriate for individuals of all ages.

Our program is designed to increase language and communication, improve attention and focus, and decrease problem behaviors. We build on each person’s interests and strengths using structured and fluid opportunities to facilitate learning. During ABA therapy, skills that are useful in everyday life are broken down into easy-to-learn steps, with positive reinforcement and goal-focused treatment that meets the unique needs of each individual. At its core, ABA therapy helps individuals function more effectively in their natural environments.

In ABA-based behavioral therapy, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) oversees treatment of the patient, with direct support typically provided in the home by a behavior interventionist (BI). The BCBA provides oversight through in-home supervisory visits with the BI.

Throughout the process, progress is measured to ensure the teaching approach is working. These routine assessments guide adjustments or modifications to the personalized treatment plan that may be necessary or appropriate to ensure continual progress toward goals. During supervisory visits, the BCBA works with the BI and the patient to ensure that the treatment plan is being followed and that the prescribed therapy is moving the patient forward.

Our home-based ABA services are delivered in the home. Services are also available via telehealth when appropriate. Sessions are scheduled to fit each family’s needs, preference and availability.

Who Pays for Care

In California, healthcare insurance companies – and the health plans they offer – are regulated by the state and are required to provide coverage for behavioral health services for individuals 21 years of age or under, including coverage for treatment of conditions such as autism.

This means that if your child or other family member has healthcare insurance through a health plan in California, your insurance provider should help you cover the costs for appropriate and necessary treatment for autism and other similar conditions. That’s the good news. But benefits and coverage can vary, and even if your health plan covers treatment for autism, you still need to explore and understand the details of the specific coverage you have. If you have healthcare coverage through your employer, through Covered California or through some other arrangement, it’s important that you contact your insurance provider before beginning treatment to ensure you fully understand the specific coverage provided by your health plan.

Depending on the patient’s age, diagnosis, geographical location or type of insurance coverage in place, care for your child may be available through your local regional center. Regional centers are affiliated with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and in some cases can help coordinate access to state-funded behavioral therapy services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and related conditions. To identify and contact your local Regional Center to determine if you qualify for state-funded services, visit https://www.dds.ca.gov/rc.

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