Severe Behavior Program

The Severe Behavior Program offers a range of treatment options designed for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities who exhibit challenging behaviors. The primary goals of the services provided by the Severe Behavior Program are as follows:

1. Understanding the Origin of Problem Behavior:

  • Identify and comprehend the underlying factors contributing to the occurrence of problem behavior(s).

2. Development of Targeted Treatment Plans:

  • Formulate effective treatment strategies aimed at reducing problem behavior while reinforcing appropriate behaviors.

3. Integration of Treatment Strategies:

  • Collaborate with caregivers to seamlessly incorporate treatment strategies into both home and community settings.

The Severe Behavior Program employs the latest empirically supported assessment and treatment methodologies, rooted in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Distinguished within the ATF Learning Difficulties Center, our program stands out as one of the few nationwide with highly trained staff possessing the expertise to assess and treat severe problem behavior in an intensive context. We offer a spectrum of services tailored to address the individualized needs of each child. Our dedicated team comprises proficient therapists and licensed psychologists.

Common referral concerns include:

  • Aggression (hurting others)
  • Disruptive/destructive behavior
  • Dangerous behavior
  • Self-injurious behavior (hurting oneself)
  • Pica (eating non-food items)
  • Elopement (running away)
  • Noncompliance
  • Toilet training

Our commitment is to provide comprehensive and individualized support, addressing the unique challenges presented by severe problem behaviors in children with ASD and developmental disabilities.

More about the program

The first step is the intake process. Our team meets with the caregivers to find out how best to serve the child’s needs. This meeting is important. It lets us match the child to the most appropriate treatment program. During the meeting, we will:

  • Collect information about the family’s main concerns.
  • Discuss which treatment services might best fit their needs.
  • Observe the intensity of problem behavior.

This appointment lasts about 3 hours and a full written report summarizing these findings will be handed to you after the evaluation.

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The Severe Behavior Day Treatment Program focuses on finding treatment to reduce dangerous or disruptive behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors.

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The Brief Behavior Interventions Program (BBI) focuses on working with caregivers to identify effective behavioral interventions to address specific behavior problems in the home and community settings and on providing coaching to those caregivers so that they can implement those strategies successfully.

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Parent Training is a program developed and tested to decrease challenging behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This will involve a having parents learn to implement a number of strategies such as what can be done to prevent the behaviors, to manage behaviors once they have occurred, to teach new skills that could replace a problem behavior, and to promote positive behaviors instead of the challenging behaviors.

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The ATF Learning Difficulties Center Severe Behavior Program offers treatment for toilet training. The treatment typically consists of regular trips to the bathroom, reinforcement for using the bathroom appropriately and teaching your child to ask to use the bathroom. The three different toilet training programs available are:

  • Three-day Brief Behavioral Intervention Toilet Training Program
  • Two-week Intensive Toilet Training Program
  • Two-week Bowel Movement Training Program
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