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We have updated webinars in the future covering the training you need! Flyers and syllabi are available for each webinar!

Make sure to visit our web page to get all the information and details on each one, so you don’t miss out! Check for dates that work for you and times they occur in the day.

Cost may vary, along with the credits they provided.

Don’t stress! These webinars can be learned from the comfort of your very home or office space! There are reduced rates available for groups of three!

Upcoming Webinars:

July 11th– Ethical Issues in Supervising and Training (Part 1)

July 12th– Supervision (Part 2) Skill Demonstration

August 22nd– Ethical Issues in Conducting FBAs and BIP Development

September 12th– SPED Law and Ethical Issues for Behavior Analysts

(Make sure to visit our website to get all the information you need to make learning easy for you!)

Contact: 203-903-9363 for any questions.

To Register: http://www.appliedbehavorialstrategies.com/workshops

What is Autism Recovery?

If you know anything about me, you know that I am passionate about providing quality services for children with autism as early as possible to ensure that every child has the opportunity to progress as far as possible and to potentially recover from autism. I’ve written about this topic here, here, and here.

If you think I’ve already had a few too many to drink today, please check out this professional video from the University of Connecticut. The researcher in this video is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her name is Deb Fein and she is really good at diagnosing children. She realized she needed to study this further when a child she had previously diagnosed returned to her several years later and did not meet the criteria for autism.

So she began researching this very topic. While recovery from autism describes what she sees, Dr. Fein has chosen to use the words Optimal Outcome to describe the children who ultimately obtained optimal outcome and no longer met the criteria for autism.

In our journal club meeting on Monday, we read and discussed the following article:

Moulton, E., Barton, M. Robins, D. L., Abrams, D. N., & Fein, D. (2016). Earlycharacteristics of children with ASD who demonstrate optimal progress between age two and four. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2160-2173. You may access a free copy of the article here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4860351/pdf/nihms761908.pdf

We were a little disappointed in this paper in that it didn’t address treatment and optimal outcome but rather predictors of optimal outcome. 190 children participated in the study with 19 of them achieving optimal outcome.

At the beginning of the study, researchers classified all children into 4 groups: PDD-NOS; Asperger’s; ASD; and ASD Low MA (mental age less than 12 months). On average, all children were diagnosed around 26 months of age. Re-assessment occurred around 48 months.

Before we go further, it is important to note that the children in this study were Caucasian and far above the poverty line. Also, the study didn’t control for early intervention so it’s hard to really say other than the obvious:

  1. Children who were originally diagnosed with PDD-NOS were more likely to lose their diagnosis at re-evaluation.
  2. No children with ASD-Low MA met the criteria for optimal progress (OP) at follow up assessment. 
  3. Children in the OP group showed less severe symptoms in the area of social skills, stereotypies, and sensory abnormalities
  4. Children in the OP group showed fewer DSM-V symptoms at initial diagnosis
  5. Children in the OP group showed stronger adaptive abilities
  6. Lesser symptoms of restricted interests and  repetitive behaviors predicted OP.

​It is super important that we not think of this as mis-diagnosis but rather, the earlier the diagnosis, the earlier the intervention, the more quantity of intervention, and thus, better outcomes that result in losing the autism diagnosis.

If you are in the Fort Pierce area, stop by to see us! Scenes from this morning.

We are SUPER happy to support this event!!

Below you will find important information regarding the event activity!

Location: Pepper Park Northside (behind Navy Seal Museum)  (parking free)!

Check in: Exhibitors will be greeted at the entrance to the beach by John Denny And/or Tracy Basta

Time: Start checking in by 7:30am – Please be set up by 8:30am – Our event runs from 9am-4pm

**For safety purposes, please make sure that your tent is secured with tie downs and buckets. (You must bring your own)
There will be complimentary water throughout the day and lunch available after our families and volunteers have theirs.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. I am attaching a digital copy of our event poster for you.
If by any chance you cannot attend the event, please let us know.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you, Tracy Bastante Surfers for Autism VP Marketing & Media  561-866-7979 tracy@surfersforautism.org

Colleen C. DeMello, MA, LPC, BCBA, LBA
Regional Clinical Director

Applied Behavioral Strategies LLC
3320 Cardinal Drive # 643629
Vero Beach, FL  32963

Office: 844-854-7400 Fax: 203-513-3352
www.appliedbehavioralstrategies.com

Join the Journal Club focusing on Optimal Outcomes! If you’re interested, this is the meeting for you!

Journal Club Optimal Outcomes 
Mon, Jun 3, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/117059269

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 

Access Code: 117-059-269 

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/117059269

Moulton, E., Barton, M. Robins, D. L., Abrams, D. N., & Fein, D. (2016).

Early characteristics of children with ASD who demonstrate optimal progress between age two and four. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2160-2173.

Ok! that moment you have all been writing about and waiting for has arrived! I have finally made enough time in my life to copy and paste our BT/RBT Onboarding for you. I’m so thrilled to be able to share anything that will make your lives easier. Thank you for your positive feedback on our previously posted BCBA Onboarding! Please know that I am always open to suggestions so please don’t be too shy to speak up.

As with our BCBA onboarding, this does not include the basics such as the job application, i9, or W4. We have recently starting using an HRIS program. (After a long and careful search, we went with Bird Dog HR because within their performance management section, they offer the ability to do electronic score cards. What better way to give feedback than an OBM strategy!?!?) So employees use that system to complete the new employee basics. This list is all other training they have to do. This is also laid out in our BirdDogHR platform so it’s really a PSI for staff as they get acclimated with Applied Behavioral Strategies as an employer.

Note that all of this training comes with handouts and forms for attestation. Some of our training is also in video format so staff don’t get bored just reading things.

Phase 1: Completed in Conjunction with HR & Onboarding Team

 

  1. Fingerprint Appointment and results
  2. NPA Code Metro Training (note, this is our practice management software. Billing and time keeping)
  3. NPA for MAC users
  4. First Aid/CPR
  5. HIPAA training video and attestation (includes HIPAA and social media. Check out this cool paper my colleagues and I wrote on this topic!)
  6. ABS Policies & Procedures Manual which also includes an attestation that staff read it.
  7. Billing Memo and Attestation. We do this to help prevent fraud. Want to know more, check out our webinar on Ethical Issues Related to Billing for ABA Services.
  8. Mandated Reporter Training
  9. Sexual Harassment Training
  10. ABS Incident Report Training

Phase 2 Training: Independent and with Training Coordinator (BCBA)

  1. RBT Training (BT) and/or change RBT supervisor with BACB
  2. RBT certificate/documentation: send to HR
  3. NPA Code Metro GO Training (using phone to render services and obtain signatures)
  4. Review Policy & Procedure (ask if RBT has questions)
  5. Review NPA Code Metro to ensure timesheet for training entered appropriately
  6. Review NPA Code Metro locking & service log review
  7. Review NPA Code Metro scheduling and service authorization
  8. Review ABS Internal Task Analysis for NPA Code Metro
  9. Review NPA Code Metro client appointment, cancellations, mileage, drive time, and time off
  10. Review NPA Code Metro Availability & Monthly Scheduling
  11. Google Drive
  12. GMail Set up and footer and ABS Internal Email Groups
  13. Google Calendar
  14. Add new staff to calendar invites for upcoming socials and trainings
  15. Review phone use policy
  16. Review Dress and Professionalism and requirements for various location of services
  17. Review ABS Procedure for Vacation request & sick/Call Out
  18. Review the performance evaluation timeline
  19. Review Mileage and Drive Time and Hybrid/Electric Benefit
  20. Review BT Billing and Rendering memo and ask for questions
  21. Assign locking supervisor
  22. Review ABS procedures for file naming and saving
  23. Staff Completes New Staff Training Test
  24. Score and Review Test

Phase 3 Completed with BCBA (Clinical Supervisor of Each Client)

  1. BIP Track training
  2. Session Note Training (SOAP Note)
  3. School Training & Orientation
  4. PBIS & Emergency Responses
  5. ABS Internal Scheduling
  6. Task List (this is the chore list for people to do when a client cancels less than 24 hours)
  7. iPad Policies and Procedures including weekly iPad Checkin
  8. At least 3 overlap sessions on client 1
  9. At least 3 overlap sessions on client 2
  10. At least 3 overlap sessions on client 3

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, it’s another World Autism Awareness Day and I’m thrilled with the level of awareness that the awesome staff at Autism Speaks has created.

However, as I wrote last year, I’m still seeing RED. Why? Because I have seen no change in our action. Today and this month, raise awareness that turns into the following actions:

We need:

  1. Children identified EARLY. Pediatricians should lose their license when they send a family away and tell them to wait. REFER! A licensed clinician, with expertise in early identification, can determine if it’s autism.
  2. When the child is diagnosed, early intervention happens IMMEDIATELY without waiting lists or delays.
  3. Every child should be able to receive applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy at the intensity recommended by the professional and based on assessment. This should be without regard to race, native language, socio-economic status, or type of insurance coverage. If you want to know more about ABA, read here, or here, or here.
  4. Every child with symptoms should be screened for appropriate medical treatment of any GI problems such as reflux, constipation, diarrhea, or food allergies/insensitivities.
  5. Every child should have access to quality behavioral feeding intervention if assessment indicates it is warranted.

This year, turn awareness into action!

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