Applied Behavior Consultants, Inc. better know as ABC, created schools and facilities that are for children, aged 3 to 18, and have been given the diagnosis of Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABC schools are Non-Public Schools (NPS), or Non-Public Agencies (NPA) and the type of services preformed in their clinical practices and educational development services are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
ABC uses Intensive Behavioral Treatment (IBT) within a language-based ABA setting. Initially the individual IBT is highly structured, but as the child progresses the teaching environment becomes less structured. Each child’s individualized curriculum or IBT includes:
Critical language skills
Initiation and spontaneity
Generalization of mastered concepts and skills
The individual curriculum or IBT is formulated to meet the specific needs of each child while utilizing the child’s individual learning style, with the goal of reintegrating the child into his or her neighborhood school.
In order to make sure a quality education is received within a safe environment, the classrooms have numerous individuals that work with the children. First, there is the credentialed teacher, secondly, a lead behavior technician with several other behavior technicians working under the lead’s supervision, and the supervision of the Senior Behavior Analyst or Supervising Behavior Analyst (SBA).
During my visit to the ABC facility in Stockton, California, I met with a Senior Behavioral Consultant* (SBC), and inquired about the type of services this particular facility provided. The Stockton ABC facility is an NPA, not a school, so the requirement of a credentialed teacher does not apply to this facility. When asked, “What type of services are provided in your program?” the SBC stated, that they work with individuals with Autism and those on the autism spectrum.
My next question was, “Who is eligible?” The SBC responded, and I paraphrase, ABC in Stockton, does work with clients under the age of 3, if they have been seen by a doctor and are stated to be at risk for autism or appear to be falling within the perimeters of the autism spectrum. ABC’s official targeted age range for clients in Stockton is 3 to 7 years old. At this time they are working with several clients aged 9 and 10 that are covered by insurance, and one older client, aged 18, also, covered by insurance, but this is not the normal age group that is targeted in Stockton.
In general, ABC’s target current age range is 3 - 18 years of age, but this range seems to be raising due to the newer age requirements of insurance companies. Insurance companies now insure dependent children as old as 26 years of age. These recent developments are increasing the availability of services to older individuals.
When asked about the type of case management ABC uses, the SBC was unsure of what I was referring to. I was given a basic chain of command as...