We aim to provide a Care Package that suits you and your family members needs. This may be either using your Direct Payment hours or through a private arrangement. There is a range of ways we can support you and services we can provide. We will provide a flexible and highly trained small team of staff that we match with your family members needs.
1. We support the Service User in their home with their care needs.
2. We offer a babysitting service in your home including looking after other siblings. This can cover any unsocial hours, you set the time frame to suit you. We also provide overnight support should this be required.
3. We support Service Users to access the community, whether this is swimming, accessing cubs or another activity they are interested in.
4. We work with Service Users to prompt and encourage independence. This may include learning to swim, learning to use public transport, understanding money or any other area they need support to develop. We do this in a structured way that is specific to their needs where support is phased out when appropriate to them, whilst maintining thei safety and trust.
5. You may want some extra support at a family party, wedding, day out or on holiday. We aim to accommodate this as far as is reasonably possible within the boundaries of the employees own lives and in a structure that would suit you and what you feel would be appropriate.
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) training is one of the most widely accepted therapies for children with Autism.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behaviour is followed by some sort of reward (positive reinforcement), the behaviour is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of ABA has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviours and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Effective ABA intervention for autism is not a "one size fits all" approach and should never be viewed as a "canned" set of programs or trials. On the contrary, a skilled therapist customizes the intervention to each learner's skills, needs, interests, preferences and family situation. For these reasons, an ABA program for one learner will look different than a program for another learner.
All of our programs are supported by an ABA behaviour analyst who comes up periodically to provide training to our staff and support on our existing programs and provide advice on new ones. When these visits occur she and Jannicke are available for intensive sessions at home with you and your family member. Where we can focus on one area of need over a short period of time.
There are different ways the ABA program can help and different areas it can focus on...
Communication:- We would aim to develop effective functional communication thus helping reduce unwanted replacement behaviours that the Service User may exhibit. This is something you may feel your child would benefit from. We work within in the boundaries of the Individual Service User so we may use Sign, PECS or verbal language.
Imitation:- Working on this skill encourages the Service Users ability to follow instructions, listening skills, develop eye contact skills and improve motor skills. It is a first stepping stone that will enable them to develop communication and social skills.
Toilet training:- This would be on individual basis. There are a few ways this can be done and it would depend on what would suit you and your family the best. However the technique will always be tailored around at what level the Service User is at. The approach is based on Positive Reinforcement to wanted behaviours.
Once an ABA Home Program is in place there will regular discussion with parents and reviews of the program to ensure it is effective, working and relevant to that Service User. we also work in conjunction with a newly qualified BC ABA consultant from London. There will discussions with her and at times visits to meet the Service Users and offer advice on programs too.