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Mission Statement

Illinois Valley Autism Center's mission is to increase the personal and behavioral independence of individuals affected by an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities with a goal of recovery by using evidence based procedures and treatments with measurable goals based on principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Welcome to IV Autism Center!

What is ABA?  

Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach in which the principles of the analysis of  behavior are applied systemically to improve significant behavior and is used to identify the variables responsible for the change in behavior.  In other words, ABA takes the principles of behavior and uses it to bring about positive change (Applied); ABA defines behaviors in observable and measurable terms in order to assess change and define progress (Behavior); and ABA analyzes the behavior to determine what factors are influencing the behavior (Analysis). 

Emphasis is place on reducing behaviors that are harmful or that interfere with learning while introducing and strengthening deficient skills by breaking them down into small easy to learn steps and building them systematically through repetition and positive reinforcement. 

What is the research behind ABA?  

Studies have demonstrated that many children with autism experience significant improvements in learning, reasoning, communication and adaptability when they participate in high-quality ABA Programs. In fact, research has shown that 47% of preschoolers have been able to be placed in regular classrooms with little or no additional support with 30 hours or more of therapy per week for two or more years. Although this is not a complete list of research please read through the many clinicals and studies linked at the bottom of this page for specific information.  

Furthermore, MADSEC compared many interventions with the conclusion that ABA was most effective.  It also lists interventions they believe can be harmful or without scientific validation of any kind (page 5 & 6).  Autism Task Force MADSEC.pdf

Even though statistics are impressive the research also shows that not every child will be able to be placed in their regular classroom without an aid however we provide quality therapy with the goal that every child reaches their full potential.

Who is qualified to implement ABA?  

Just as a medical treatment program should be directed by a qualified medical professional, ABA programs should be created and supervised by a highly trained and experienced BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) that has the supervised experience providing ABA treatment for children with autism.  A BCBA has the board certification (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) which is required for a person to become a Behavior Analyst, and it is recognized worldwide.  In the field of ABA, this is the gold standard for professionals.  

Because of the huge demand for ABA intervention many individuals and programs now claim to provide ABA and unfortunately some who claim to offer ABA lack the field's established minimum requirements in education major and practical experience.

Beware of the misapplication of ABA.

† Resources
http://faculty.caldwell.edu/kreeve/Lovaas%201987.pdf Original research in peer-reviewed journals indicating that 90% of children substantially improved when utilizing the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis, compared to the control group. Close to half attained a normal IQ and tested within the normal range on adaptive and social skills. 

http://www.wiautism.com/pdf/ReplicatingLovaas1999.pdf  Follow-up research in early adolescence showed that children in the 1987 study maintained their skills and could succeed in life without costly special education and residential services. 

http://www.ctfeat.org/articles/ABAvEclectic.pdf   Results from an independent research group that replicate the findings of Eikeseth et al. (2002). As summarized in the journal abstract, "intensive behavioral treatment is considerably more efficacious than 'eclectic' intervention."

http://analisicomportamentale.com/media/Ekesetn%204%20to%207%20yr%20old%202002.pdfDemonstrates that a focused behavioral treatment program is far superior then an eclectic special education approach that uses a variety of treatments. (Children in both groups received the same number of hours of treatment by qualified personnel.)

http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/sites/autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/files/DTT_Overview_0.pdf Children in behavioral treatment scored significantly higher in IQ and adaptive behavior scores than the comparison group. Further, 29% (6 of 21) children were fully included in regular education without assistance and another 52% (11 of 21) were included with support. This compares to only 5% (1 of 21) children in the control group who were placed in regular education.

http://www.analisicomportamentale.com/media/eldevik%202006.pdf Children receiving an average of 12 hours a week of behavioral treatment for two years made larger gains then eclectic group in most areas.  However, gains were more modest than those reported in previous studies with children receiving more intensive behavioral treatment.

http://www.autismresearchgroup.org/Data/Sites/1/outcome-research-references.pdf   To help with your own research this is a partial yet extensive list of research for Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention including outcome studies, reviews, prevalence of ASD, cost effectiveness, recovery, loss of diagnosis, change of diagnosis, treatment intensity and predictors of response to treatment.



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Some Issues We Address
 
  • Communication & Language
  • Replacing and/or Eliminating                    Problem Behaviors
  • Tolerating Novel Activities
  • Sensory Issues
  • Potty Training
  • Compliance
  • Accepting No
  • School Readiness & Academic
  • Social Skills  

  • Fine & Gross Motor
  • Everyday Community Skills    

  • Self Help
  • Job Shadowing
  • Life Skills
  • Following Director & Routine
  • Changing from Routines
  • Play & Leisure

 

Want to know more about ABA?

We have provided the following link to a video library for informational purposes only explaining some principles of ABA.  Please consult an qualified, experienced BCBA for an assessment before implementing any ABA principles.

http://www.autismtrainingsolutions.com/resources?field_resource_type_target_id=28&field_industry_target_id=All&terms=