CBS provides highly individualized ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy for individuals of all ages. Our objective is to create lasting, meaningful behavior change to enhance the lives of the children we work with and their family members. We have found that the most effective way to accomplish this is through teaching within the natural environment, be that at home or community setting. ABA is not a “cookie cutter” approach, meaning one child’s therapy will not look the same as another child’s therapy. Therapy typically begins with a 1:1 ratio within the home environment, and then grows to a larger ratio as the child shows signs of readiness to learn in a group environment.
What is ABA?
Applied - We focus on skills that are socially significant and relevant to the individual’s environment.
Behavior - We focus on addressing behavior, which is anything that an individual can do.
Analysis - We focus on making data-based decisions to ensure that our interventions are effective.
Crystal’s Behavior Solutions, LLC uses the fundamental principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to guide and direct programming and behavior analysis to help individuals with differing needs reach their full potential.
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is an intervention synthesized from the most current brain research research in the fields of Autism and Child Development. Often described as a "missing piece" in autism interventions, RDI is an approach that emphasizes brain development through experiential learning under the guidance of parents in day to day activities that are conducted in a collaborative, slow-paced way that allows the child to experience themselves as playing a key role in processes they may not have taken part in previously. Skills that can be learned from slowed down activities such as taking a walk together or doing the dishes as a team can be reciprocal communication, active participation, and taking on the responsibilities required to develop meaningful, genuine relationships with family members and friends.
RDI is a parent-based model, which means that from the very beginning, parents are treated as the expert on their child, taking part in each process along their journey - assessment, parent education, planning, goal setting, experience-based engagements, and reflection. Parents are guided through this process by working with their consultant in regular face-to-face meetings, by involving their child in day-to-day activities, and by utilizing a vibrant online platform that connects them with their consultant between face-to-face sessions, but also to a worldwide community of parents, consultants, and even the developers of RDI itself, Dr. Steven Gutstein and Dr. Rachelle Sheely. The online platform gives parents access to the most up to date RDI resources, such as reading material, interactive (and archived!) webinars, discussion boards, and video presentations to enrich the experience every step of the way.
CBS is proud to support integrative services for our clients by offering Occupational therapy overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This helps to ensure that all services align to create a collaborative program in which providers, therapists and families alike can confidently work together knowing that recommendations are cohesive and complementary.
By respecting the whole individual, we understand that there can be many obstacles to learning and building relationships with others. This can include many things from sensory processing difficulties and oral motor challenges to a variety of other diagnoses that can be present alongside autism. By working collaboratively within CBS, we are able to offer insights and next steps regarding these obstacles from the initial assessment.
Through an insurance analysis, we will be able to pair any recommendations with a better understanding of what services are covered for your child. Once we have all the information, BCBAs overseeing the home programming and OT team will work with the family to identify the steps necessary to further individualize the home program.
A child’s occupation is playing, learning, and engaging with the environment in a meaningful and independent manner! The focus of Occupational Therapy is to assist the child with developing independence with self-help, feeding, play/leisure, handwriting, coordination, and other activities of daily living.
Sensory integration therapy is the ability to take in and process information from all the sensations in the environment and from within our own bodies. When the brain is able to accurately interpret sensory information and apply meaning, an understanding of our bodies and the environment is developed. Responding to this information allows us to develop an understanding of how we relate to the environment for learning skill such as playing a sport, riding a bike, getting dressed, drawing, writing, playing games, sitting in a chair, playing with peers, following directions and all other activities of daily life. When sensory information is not processed accurately it is difficult for the individual to respond or behave appropriately.
Sensory integration therapy looks like play. Through these playful therapeutically based interactions a better understanding of sensation is developed and improved interactions, learning, and overall quality of life are enjoyed.
Occupational Therapy Services
by Karrie Veteto OT, BCBA
One on One, consultative and collaborative services with the child, family and ABA team to address:
Karrie specializes in sensory processing and feeding.
She is also certified in Sensory Integration.
Speech Therapy Services
Oral Motor Assessments & Programming
Breath Support & Regulation
Collaborative Speech Programming Informed by OT & ABA Needs
CBS provides a growing list of social group opportunities that are developed based on the shared programming and transitional goals of clients as they align over time. Social groups are designed to provide clients with environments that begin to address group learning prerequisite skills as well as promote specific social and behavioral goals. Each social group maintains a peer to client ratio specifically identified to shift the focus from readiness skills to increasingly complex social skills. Peers participating in social groups receive training to lead by example and modify communication strategies to enhance play and other social interactions. Skills gained or built upon in this model can include but are not limited to: imitation, turn taking, following group instructions, collaborative play, negotiation and much more.
Ongoing Social Groups
Building Blocks Social Group (BBSG)
This group is designed for children ages 3-6 and focuses on foundations of building relationships with peers. This is accomplished by addressing both nonverbal and verbal communication skills. At BBSG, we work using our manners and developing respect for one another. During this group, we address the individual needs of the learner through every day preschool activities, such as Calendar Time, Songs, Crafts, Sensory tables, Outdoor Gross Motor Play, Swimming and more!
Homeschool Cooperative (HSC)
This group is for children ages 7-12 and focuses on every day living skills such as cooking, baking, cleaning, reading, gardening, animal care, and personal care. These skills are supplemented with other school-aged tasks, such as group work, research, computer skills, reports, speeches, theater productions, and more. At HSC, we work in both large and small groups to collaborate towards a shared end goal. Those in HSC each play active roles in activities and communicate with each on how to complete designated tasks. Through these fundamental activities, we address appropriate verbal and nonverbal socialization, making friends, considering other’s perspectives, and social communication.
Rotating Social Groups
This group is for kids ages 10-16, and focuses on making and keeping friends, knowing what it means to be a true friend, how to tell if someone is a friend or not, and advocating for yourself and others. Those in Trail Blazers volunteer in the community, participate in trust building activities, and discuss friendship and self-advocacy in both small and large group settings. The kids in this group work together to plan, organize, and complete scheduled components of the group, such as outings, snacks, and fundraisers. These life skills help them in building lasting relationships and act as a catalyst them for skills necessary for work force or continued education.
Science Mania Social Group (SMSG)
This group is for ages 5-7 and focuses on age-appropriate science exploration lessons to help teach collaboration, group work, writing, swimming, and social skills. This group is a summer-only group. Those in SMSG will complete science experiments, learn to ride and groom a horse, advance through swimming levels, master the scientific method, and improve on team building skills.
Stepping Stones Social Group (SSSG)
This group is for children ages 2-5 and focuses on children learning to be in the same environment as others. We focus on parallel play through playing with toys, completing crafts, playing games, singing songs, sensory tables, free play and more. The environment is arranged to promote learning in large group setting. Most children in this group come from a 1:1 learning environment, and this may be their first experience with other peers. Practicing building routines and following instructions in a large group are keys to success that are all emphasized in SSSG.
We are proud to offer a Marion County 4H club as an active part of our social group services. This club is open to the public, and parents and family members are welcome to attend. While we specialize in helping children with special needs, all community members and volunteers are welcome. The Mini Clover Buds group, designed for ages 5-7, meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 4:00pm-6:00pm. They meet with the all Community Group for the first part of the meeting, then break off on their own for their own mini-lessons. Snacks are provided at all 4H meetings. Our Marion County 4H club offers opportunities for cooking, baking, crafts, electronics, animal care, animal showing, posters, volunteering, and so much more!
Frequently asked questions
When are social groups available?
Social Groups are available to clients and peers in the community at different times throughout the week. CBS offers a diverse array of groups each semester to create learning opportunities for each phase in the child's transition through our ABA and RDI programs.
My child does not have autism. Would social group benefit him/her?
CBS social groups can greatly benefit kids who do not have autism. Social groups provide opportunities for participants to shape their leadership skills and enhance their social strengths! Social groups allow all participants to build relationships with others, attend field trips, engage with the farm animals, work collaboratively to reach goals, develop problem solving strategies for communication breakdowns and get personalized coaching from social group leaders all along the way!
What is a social group?
Social groups provide opportunities for clients to collaborate with typically developing peers, as well as peers on the autism spectrum, to work toward common group goals. Individualized goals are also created for each client attending social group in order to propel them forward into the next phase of their ABA or RDI programming.
What goals can be addressed through social groups?
Each client attending a social group will be working toward the ultimate goal of building social skills and learning readiness skills in order to increase independence in school or home. Depending on the group, skills may include, but are not limited to:
School Routines & Structures
Following instructions from leaders, novel adults, and peers
Advocating for wants & needs
Pre-Academic and Academic Skills
Cooperating with Peers to Accomplish Goals
Project Planning and Follow Through
Negotiation and Compromise
My child is in school already. Does (s)he need a social group?
While school can be a great fit for some individuals, others may need time to acquire the skills that are expected in a school placement before they can truly gain independence. Social group offers an environment where the overall structure is tailored to the client's needs and goals. Routines can be slowed and social interactions facilitated so that these experiences are successful and not stressful. At CBS, merely exposing clients to peers isn't enough; the social group experience is about taking an active role in social relationships.
Is my child ready for social group?
Joining a social group is based on readiness. Each client's home program informs what (s)he is ready to benefit from in a group setting. We often recommend that clients first have successful home programming, followed by successful play dates before introducing them to the larger group setting. Once ready to participate, research supports the use of peers in social training of individuals with autism.
Kasari, C. & Locke, J. (2011)
Social Skills Interventions with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders