Skills Training

     Behavior Analysis, Inc. specializes in teaching children and adolescents with difficulty learning or whose behavior problems interfere with learning. We utilize specialized teaching methods that have been scientifically tested and proven effective at teaching the difficult-to-teach individual. These specialized teaching methods and our highly trained staff allow us to succeed where others have failed. Some of the skills and behaviors we specialize in are listed below.

  • Academic Behaviors
  • Communicative Behavior
  • Completing Homework
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Exercise
  • Following Directions
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Language Skills
  • Leisure & Recreational Skills
  • Academic Behaviors
  • Communicative Behavior
  • Completing Homework
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Exercise
  • Following Directions
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Language Skills
  • Leisure & Recreational Skills

 

How Does it Work?

ASSESSMENT. We begin with skills and reinforcement assessments. The skills evaluation is designed to determine exactly what skills the child needs to learn, including any pre-requisite skills required. The reinforcerment survey or assessment tells us exactly which items or events can be used as reinforcers to teach the desired behaviors. 

INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT & TRAINING PLAN. Based on these assessment, we create an individualized behavioral treatment plan that is designed to teach the child the specific skills and behavior he or she needs to learn. We use the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach the desired behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis is the treatment of choice for teaching new behavior has an extensive scientific literature supporting its use (see the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, for example). Positive reinforcement is the foundation for all of our treatment and training plans, without which the child optimal learning would be impossible.

TRAINING PARENTS AND OTHERS. In order for the child to learn and use the new skills with new people and in new situations, it is important for significant others to be involved in the child's training program. Our staff may work with the child directly but will always involve the parents and/or significant others in the treatment and training plan. We do this so that they learn the proper teaching methods and so that the new behaviors generalize to other people and settings. Without involvement from significant others, chances are greatly reduced that the child will actually use the skills in his or her natural environment - a waste of time and money.

MONITORING PROGRESS. We monitor the child's progess frequently so everyone knows exactly how well treatment is going. We use this information to ensure that we are making optimal progress and to adjust the program as necessary to achieve the greatest degree of progress possible. The child's parents and others are often asked to collect some information on the skills being taught to aid in this decision making.

FADING OUT. Once the child is learning the desired skills at an acceptable pace, we'll gradually and systematically fade out of the picture so that you can get on with your new lives.

These services are available at our treatment centers, at your home or school in south Florida or at your home or school anywhere else in the world via the internet. To get started or to get more information, please contact us at (954) 577-7790 or at  Info@Behavior-Analysis.Org.

Behavior Problem? No Problem!

     We have been providing services to children and adolescents with serious learning or behavior problems for over 30 years nationally and nearly 20 years in south Florida and are one of the premier behavioral services agencies in the world. No matter if your son or daughter is just beginning to experience problems, has recently been diagnosed or has been seen by other professionals and you are looking for more effective therapy - we can help. No problem is too big or too small for us to handle. We have worked successfully with behavior problems ranging from mildly annoying to life-threatening. Furthermore, we can work with children, adolescents or adults with and without mental health diagnoses. We treat the individual – not the diagnosis! Some of our specialties are listed below.      

  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Autism & Related Disorders
  • Bedtime Problems
  • Bi-Polar Disorders
  • Classroom Management
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Daily Living Skills Training
  • Defiant Behaviors
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Discrete Trials Training
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • Enuresis & Encopresis
  • Food Refusal
  • Food Selectivity
  • Functional Communication Training
  • Hyperactive Disorders
  • Impulsiveness
  • Medication Refusal
  • Mental Illness
  • Mouthing
  • Noncompliance
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Oppositional Behaviors
  • Phobias
  • Pica
  • Play & Leisure Skill Training
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Running Away
  • Self-Care Skills Training
  • Self-Injury
  • Skills Training
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Social Skills Training
  • Stereotypical Behavior
  • Tantrums
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Verbal Behavior Programming
  • Vomiting & Rumination

 

If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact us. We'd be happy to speak to you, free of charge, to see if we can help. Send us an email at info@behavior-analysis.org  or call us at (954) 577-7790.

How Does it Work?

ASSESSMENT. We begin with a thorough behavioral (functional) assessment designed to determine exactly why the person is behaving as he or she does and to determine appropriate behaviors that should replace the unwanted behavior. The person is getting something out of the behavior - our job is to figure out what he or she is getting out of the behavior so we can determine the most appropriate treatment methods. Research and experience shows that reducing the undesired behavior without teaching the person appropriate alternative behavior will not produce significant long-lasting behavior change. Therefore, we place great emphasis on teaching the individual appropriate, desired behavior to replace the problem behavior.

INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLAN. Based on this assessment, we create an individualized behavioral treatment plan that is designed to meet the individual’s and the family's unique needs. The treatment plan uses the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) both to reduce the unwanted behavior and to teach appropriate alternative behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis is the treatment of choice for teaching new behavior as well as for reducing undesired behavior and has an extensive scientific literature supporting its use. We emphasize the use of positive reinforcement in all of our intervention plans, which leads to people wanting to behave well, not having to behave well in order to avoid something unpleasant. This results in better interpersonal relationships and in long-lasting behavior change.

TRAINING PARENTS AND OTHERS. Our approach is not like others in which the professional works only with the child and does not involve the parent significantly in treatment. If we want a child to behave well in someone's presence, that person must carry out the treatment himself or herself. That means that in order for a child (or adolescent) to behave appropriately in the presence of his or her parents, the parents must carry out the program. Therefore, once we have the program figured out, we train all relevant caregivers on exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Think of behavioral treatment as a team approach – we are the coaches and determine what to do, when to do it and how to do it; you are the players, you actually carry out the program according to the plan. If the family is not directly involved in treatment, the child will learn to behave well only in the presence of the behavior analyst. Clearly, this is not useful to the family. Only by teaching the family how to respond to the child, will the child's behavior change in meaningful and long-lasting ways.

MONITORING PROGRESS. We systematically monitor progress frequently so that everyone knows exactly how well treatment is going, how far we've come and how far we have to go. We use this information to ensure that we are making optimal progress and to adjust the program as necessary to achieve the greatest degree of progress possible. The child's parents and others are often asked to collect some information on the level of desired and undesired behavior to aid in this decision making.

FADING OUT. Our goal is to give you the tools to effectively manage the child's behavior now and in the future. Once the behavior is changing in the desired direction, we'll gradually and systematically fade out of the picture so that you can get on with your new lives. 

To get started or to get more information, please contact us at (954) 577-7790 or at Info@Behavior-Analysis.Org.

Ft. Lauderdale Autism Treatment Center Staff

Here are pictures of the great staff at our Ft. Lauderdale Center! You can click on each thumbnail for a larger version.

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Gesell Gavidia

Broward Program Director

Andres Gallego

Andres Gallego

Clinical Supervisor

Raquel Aidie

Raquel Aidie

Clinical Supervisor

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Liliet Tarrago

Clinical Supervisor

Anna Galiano

Anna Galiano

Clinical Supervisor

JoAnna Rojas

JoAnna Rojas

Clinical Supervisor

Nabela Farouk

BCaBA

Lauren Cacciatore

Lauren Cacciatore

BCaBA

Elizabeth Napoles

Elizabeth Napoles

Therapist

Kelsi Disch

Kelsi Disch

Therapist

Ashli Adams

Ashli Adams

Therapist

Dia Al-attar

Dia Al-attar

Therapist

Shahnawz Hardanian

Shahnawz Hardanian

Therapist

Almedra Johnson

Almedra Johnson

Therapist

Wren Kerce

Wren Kerce

Therapist

Rianna Marajh

Rianna Marajh

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Melanie Serrate

Melanie Serrate

Therapist

Ashli Adams

Ashli Adams

Therapist

Dia Al-attar

Dia Al-attar

Therapist

Rianna Marajh

Rianna Marajh

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Shahnawz Hardanian

Shahnawz Hardanian

Therapist

Sharanie Pierre

Sharanie Pierre

Therapist

Bianca Ward

Bianca Ward

Therapist

Bianka Fernandez

Bianka Fernandez

Therapist

Natalie Noriega

Natalie Noriega

Therapist

Bridgitte Stuart

Bridgitte Stuart

Therapist

Michaella Kanarek

Michaella Kanarek

Therapist

Abdulla Kayyali

Abdulla Kayyali

Therapist

Nubia Clermont

Nubia Clermont

Therapist

Adriana Lopez

Adriana Lopez

Therapist

Alexandra Ellis

Alexandra Ellis

Therapist

Allison Lopez

Allison Lopez

Therapist

Angid Gonzalez

Angid Gonzalez

Therapist

Aranxta Mascarenas

Aranxta Mascarenas

Therapist

Bertine Merilis

Bertine Merilis

Therapist

Betty Leonard

Betty Leonard

Therapist

Elis Rimeris Anidjar

Elis Rimeris Anidjar

Therapist

Genevieve Delince

Genevieve Delince

Therapist

Heather Ahearn

Heather Ahearn

Therapist

Jasmine Walder

Jasmine Walder

Therapist

Kristal Arias

Kristal Arias

Therapist

Maria Maldonado

Maria Maldonado

Therapist

Bethany Flores

Bethany Flores

Therapist

Dayana Tima

Dayana Tima

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