Autism & ABA Information:
- Autism Speaks
- South Carolina Autism Society
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board
- Association for Science in Autism Treatment
- Association for Behavior Analysis International
- South Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis
Materials & Flash Cards:
- Speaking of Speech
- Practical Autism Resources
- Special Education Technology
- ESL Flashcards
- ESL – Kids Flashcards
- ESL Flashcard Library
- The Gray Center – Social Stories
- The Watson Institute
- Speaking of Speech
- Sun Castle Technologies Freebies
- Social Narratives
Purpose: Service Coordination helps people develop and obtain high quality supports and services that are the least intrusive to meet their desires and needs and support their personal goals.
- Service Coordinators assist individuals with disabilities and their families with residential placement and day services
- Service Coordinators work with area businesses and job coaches to locate and create meaningful employment opportunities for students and adults based on their individual talents and preferences.
- Service Coordinators works closely with community agencies to see that individuals are making community connections.
- Service Coordinators also work with the public schools to help children and their families navigate through the system.
CHARLESTON AREA PROVIDERS:
(1) Low country Autism Foundation (LAF)
Contact: Phone: 843-812-3629
(2) South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS)
Contact: Kim Thomas
Phone: (803)750-6988 or (800)438-4790.
(3) South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SC DDSN)
(4) Berkeley Citizens, Inc
Berkeley Citizens, Inc. 1301 Old Highway 52 South PO Drawer 429 Moncks Corner SC 29461
Phone: (843) 761-0300
Fax: (843) 761-0303
(5) Channel the Beacon
Telephone: (843) 576-1408
Fax: (843) 278-9275
**(6) Military families:
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Extended Health Care Option (ECHO)-covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Respite care
Questions to ask a potential provider:
(1) What is ABA?
- ABA is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior.
- ABA uses changes in environmental events, including antecedent stimuli and consequences, to produce practical and significant changes in behavior.
- The successful remediation of core deficits of ASD, and the development or restoration of abilities, documented in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies published over the last 50 years has made ABA the standard of care for the treatment of ASD.
(2) What experience should my BCBA or BCaBA have?
- The formal training of professionals certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is similar to that of other medical and behavioral health professionals. That is, they are initially trained within academia and then begin working in a supervised clinical setting with clients.
- Training and supervised clinical experience with clients with special needs.
- BCBA or BCaBA should attend ongoing Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) to maintain certification.
- BCBA or BCaBA should be familiar with and rely on peer-reviewed literature, established treatment protocols, and decision trees for the ASD population.
(3) What is caseload size recommendation?
- Caseload size on average for a BCBA without support of a BCaBA is 6-12
- Caseload size for a BCBA who has support of a BCaBA can be between 16-24
(4) How often should the BCBA or BCaBA provide onsite supervision?
- The amount of supervision varies depending on individual client needs or insurance requirements.
- 1-2 hours of supervision for every 10 hours of direct treatment is the general standard of care.
- Tricare DEMONSTRATION program requires 2.0 hours a month for each tutor. This means that the BCBA or BCaBA should provide each tutor on your child’s team with an individual onsite 2.0 hour supervision session each month.
(5) What training should my paraprofessionals/tutors receive?
- Initial Training: Therapists/paraprofessionals should meet specific criteria before providing treatment, including background checks. Before working with a client, a therapist must be sufficiently prepared to deliver treatment. Initial training may include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Developmental milestones
- Data collection
- Basic ABA procedures such as shaping, reinforcement, prompting, etc.
- Ongoing Training: Therapists should receive direction on new goals or the revision of goals on a regular basis to ensure the quality of implementation.
- There should also be ongoing observation, training, and supervision to maintain and improve the therapists’ skills.
(6) What should my treatment plan look like?
- An ABA assessment typically utilizes data obtained from multiple methods including:
- Direct observation
- Interviews with the client, caregivers, and other professionals
- Data from standardized assessments (these assessments should be individualized for each client)
- Problem Behavior Assessment
- Your child’s treatment plan should not be based on only 1 tool (e.g. ABLLS-R or VB-MAPP)
- The assessment tools will reveal areas that need to be addressed (e.g. fine motor, play skills, academics, self-management)
- When prioritizing the order in which to address multiple goals, the following should always be considered:
- Behaviors that threaten self or others
- Behaviors that prevent student/family from attending normalized environments in the community or at school (e.g., self-injury or aggression, non-compliance)
- Absence of developmentally appropriate adaptive, social, or functional skills (e.g. toileting, dressing, feeding, compliance with medical procedures) that are fundamental to maintain health, social inclusion, and increased independence
(7) Where should my child’s therapy take place?
- Treatment provided in multiple settings, with multiple adults and/or siblings will promote generalization and maintenance of therapeutic benefits.
- Settings may include: home, school, clinic, places in the community
(8) What coordination of care should my BCBA or BCaBA do?
- Consultation with other professionals such as the school, outside speech, outside OT or PT helps ensure client progress through efforts to coordinate care and ensure consistency.
- Treatment goals are most likely to be achieved when there is a shared understanding and coordination among all healthcare providers and professionals.
Purpose: To ensure your child has a meaningful educational experience. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.
(1) Pro Parents:
Phone: (803) 772-5688
Toll Free: 1-800-759-4776
Fax: (803) 772-5341
(2) Family Resource Center:
Fax: (843) 266-1941
(3) Service Coordinators: can help you share information and request an IEP meeting.
(4) Home-based ABA consultants: can help by collaborating and sharing home treatment plan to maximize child progress.
Special Education Law Information:
BREAKWATER ASSOCIATES, LLC
1135 Bowman Road, Suite 529C
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464
CAROLINA AUTISM RESOURCE AND EVALUATION CENTER (CARE)
Fairfield Office Park
1064 Gardner Rd., Suite 301
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 852-4172
CHARLESTON COUNTY FIRST STEPS
6296 Rivers Ave, Suite 308
North Charleston, SC, 29406
Phone: (843) 745-0237 ext 231
COASTAL PEDIATRIC SERVICES
2051 Charlie Hall Blvd
Charleston, SC, 29414
Phone: (843) 573-2534
GORDON TEICHNER, PH.D, ABPP
1459 Stuart Engals Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464
LIVY FOGLE, PH.D.
48 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC, 29403
Phone: (843) 853-3005
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Children’s Health-Developmental Pediatrics
(formerly the Vince Moseley Center)
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 876-1511
MUSC Children’s Hospital Vince Moseley Developmental Evaluation Center
The Carolina Autism Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Clinic
171 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 876 0444
FAMILY CONNECTION SOUTH CAROLINA
124 Kimberton Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC, 29461
(1) WALK FOR AUTISM-CHARLESTON
Erin Pruitt, Director
P.O. Box 1467
Mt Pleasant, SC 29465-1467
(2) CAROLINA CHILDREN’S CHARITIES
Carolina Children’s Charity
1064 Gardner Road, Suite 112B Charleston, SC 29407
(1) CAMP GOOD TIMES
(2) COUNTY PARKS SUMMER CAMPS
(3) TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE SUMMER CAMPS
(4) SOUTH CAROLINA HORSE CAMPS
(5) TRI-COUNTY CAMPS
(6) ABA OUTREACH CAMP WONDER