Behavioral Day Treatment (BDT) is a treatment program for 3 to 5 year olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder and serious emotional disorders. BDT operates from 1:30 to 4:30, Monday through Thursday. BDT occurs year round with three breaks per year; a one week spring break in March, a one week summer break in July, and a two week holiday break in December.

BDT is an intensive treatment program that uses data driven principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA targets and increases skills through positive reinforcement. By assessing the purpose of inappropriate behavior and increasing functional communication skills, inappropriate behavior is replaced by appropriate behavior.

This individualized treatment in a structured environment provides opportunities for:

  • engagement in social interaction
  • imitation of others
  • increase in language skills
  • appropriate play

Behavioral Day Treatment

An important part of our program is the parent support group which meets one time weekly for one hour. The parent support group is facilitated by a Licensed Mental Health Professional.

Every 4 to 6 weeks the parent/caregiver and child will be asked to come to the Behavioral Day Treatment (BDT) setting for training and discussion of the child???s progress. During this time the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) or ABA Treatment Specialist will spend 45 minutes demonstrating and discussing with the parent/caregiver the treatment procedures used in the BDT setting.

Individual Goals and Objectives:

Particular emphasis will be placed on cooperation with instructional demands and expressive communication. The methods and materials developed by Drs. Sundberg and Partington and published in ???Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities??? and ???The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills,??? (ABLLS), (1998) as well as ???The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program??? (VB-MAPP), by Dr. Mark L. Sundberg. Ph.D., BCBA, will guide the assessment and recommendations regarding treatment planning for the child. The VB-MAPP allows us to track the child???s progress in the areas of cognitive, communication, social and behavioral skills. (See Verbal Behavior) A master treatment plan is developed during the second week of the child???s participation in BDT. Treatment objectives are set up based upon the parent???s concerns and the child???s specific needs. The child will engage in treatment in the form of individual treatment time as well as small group treatment time. Treatment plan review will occur every 3 months with parents to determine continued medical necessity.

Staff:

The staff to child ratio will be six staff to eight children. Staff training and weekly consultation will be done by a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.

First Steps ABA Consultation and Treatment:

First Steps offers coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families. First Steps is designed for children, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with development disabilities.

Once a child has been determined eligible for First Steps services the child???s team may determine that the child would benefit from ABA services. At that time an Evaluation/Assessment is done by a Board Certified ABA Professional. An individualized treatment plan is developed for the child based upon the behavioral assessment and parent???s concerns. ABA treatment for children eligible for First Steps services typically occurs in the context of play and focuses on functional communication skills, expanding the child???s interest in his/her environment, and expanding the child???s play and social interaction repertoire. Treatment sessions include parent training and parents then continue teaching procedures throughout the child???s day.

Families can contact their county First Steps Office for more information by calling toll free: 1-866-583-2392 For complete information about First Steps, refer to the state regulations under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/stateplan/index.html

Consultation to Public School Districts:

On-going consultation to public school districts is available upon request from the district. Individualized assessment, treatment planning and staff training is done in the context of the school setting. Particular emphasis is placed on cooperation with instructional demands and expressive communication. The methods and materials developed by Drs. Sundberg and Partington and published in Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities and The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS), (1998) as well as The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), by Dr. Mark L. Sundberg. Ph.D., BCBA, will guide the assessment and recommendations regarding treatment planning for the child. The VB-MAPP tracks the child???s progress in the areas of cognitive, communication, social and behavioral domains. (See Verbal Behavior)