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Autism & ABA Information:

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Story-Based Interventions:

Service Coordination

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.

SERVICES:
  • 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)
Website: http://www.lafinc.org/programs_SCP.php
Contact: Phone: 843-812-3629
Email: TrippR@lafinc.org
(2) South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS)
Website: http://www.scautism.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=14
Contact: Kim Thomas
Phone: (803)750-6988 or (800)438-4790.
(3) South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SC DDSN)
Contact: 1-800-289-7012
(4) Berkeley Citizens, Inc
http://www.berkeleycitizens.org/family.html
Berkeley Citizens, Inc.
1301 Old Highway 52 South
PO Drawer 429
Moncks Corner SC 29461
Phone: (843) 761-0300
Fax: (843) 761-0303
E-mail: contact@berkeleycitizens.org
(5) Channel the Beacon
Telephone: (843) 576-1408
Fax: (843) 278-9275
Email: info@channelthebeacon.org
www.channelthebeacon.org

**(6) Military families:
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/efmp
Extended Health Care Option (ECHO)-covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Respite care
http://www.tricare.mil/echo

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:
    • HIPAA
    • 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.

School Support

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.

ASSISTANCE:

(1) Pro Parents:
Phone: (803) 772-5688
Toll Free: 1-800-759-4776
Fax: (803) 772-5341
E-mail: PROParents@proparents.org
(2) Family Resource Center:
Phone: (843)-266-1318
Fax: (843) 266-1941
Email: frc@frcdsn.org
Website: http://www.frcdsn.org/
(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.

RESOURCES:

Special Education Law Information:
http://www.wrightslaw.com/

BREAKWATER ASSOCIATES, LLC

1135 Bowman Road, Suite 529C
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464
Phone: (843)388-4048
www.breakwater-associates.com

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

Camille Brown
6296 Rivers Ave, Suite 308
North Charleston, SC, 29406
Phone: (843) 745-0237 ext 231
www.charlestonfirststeps.org

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
(843) 849-9913
www.psychologist.iwarp.com

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
http://www.musckids.org/developmentalpeds/index.htm

Family Supports

FAMILY CONNECTION SOUTH CAROLINA

Tracie Hayward
124 Kimberton Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC, 29461
(843) 556-5010
www.familyconnectionsc.org

Grants:

(1) WALK FOR AUTISM-CHARLESTON

Erin Pruitt, Director
P.O. Box 1467
Mt Pleasant, SC 29465-1467
esrmp2@aol.com

(2) CAROLINA CHILDREN’S CHARITIES

Carolina Children’s Charity
1064 Gardner Road, Suite 112B
 Charleston, SC 29407
Tele: 843-769-7555
Fax: 843-769-7553
E-mail: admin@carolinachildren.org

Camps:

(1) CAMP GOOD TIMES

http://www.campgoodtimesofcharleston.org/

(2) COUNTY PARKS SUMMER CAMPS

http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1570

(3) TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE SUMMER CAMPS

http://www.tridenttech.edu/ce_23221.htm#21st_century_Life_Skills

(4) SOUTH CAROLINA HORSE CAMPS

http://www.newhorse.com/page/horse-camps/b.2021.g.40.html?page=1

(5) TRI-COUNTY CAMPS

http://parentusacity.com/charleston-camps-local.html

(6) ABA OUTREACH CAMP WONDER

www.abaoutreach.com/services/camp-wonder