CIMI Behavior Analytic Solutions
Specializing in the Treatment of
Children Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder
CIMI Behavior Analytic Solutions is an ABA practice that provides evidence-based treatments for individuals with autism. Our experienced staff of Board Certified Behavior Analysts and paraprofessionals are committed to providing your child with uniquely crafted, data-driven programs, designed to meet their specific needs and increase their independence.
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Dedicated Registered Behavior Technicians work directly with your child, providing high quality DTT and NET, based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, an evidence-based treatment for autism.
Excellence in Service
The ultimate goal of our practice is to improve the quality of life for our clients and their families. Applying the principles of ABA, Behavior Technicians work to increase socially significant behaviors in observable ways and decrease behaviors that interfere with daily life.
ABA sessions are scheduled:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 3pm.
Appointments outside those times, including Sundays, may be available if special arrangements are necessary.
The ultimate goal of our practice is to deliver comprehensive and effective behavior-change services that improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by autism.
The Science of Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a set of principles based on the science of learning. ABA therapy is used to increase socially significant behaviors in children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. Through the manipulation of environmental variables, ABA has been used to influence behavior and teach a wide variety of skills including communication, social skills, grooming, hygiene and reading. ABA is also used to reduce behaviors that may interfere with routine activities. Behavior Analysts collect data to help determine why a particular behavior may occur and subsequently identify controlling environmental factors that occasion its occurrence.
What Does ABA Therapy Look Like?
ABA Therapy is an umbrella term that refers to the application of evidence-based treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA therapies include Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Training (NET) and Antecedent-Based Interventions (ABI), just to name a few. To the observer, this type of therapy may look like play, however the therapist is actually teaching skills through prompting and repetitive trials, reinforcing only correct responses. ABA sessions may use contrived or natural opportunities for the child to give the correct response. ABA uses positive reinforcement to increase targeted behaviors. The reinforcement may begin with small edibles, favorite toys or verbal praise but the end goal of all ABA programs is for the child to be reinforced by the natural environment.
Where Does ABA Therapy Take Place?
ABA services are rendered in the child's home. Registered Behavior Technicians conduct therapy sessions from 6 to 40 hours per week in the home and in the presence of a parent or caretaker. The therapists uses DTT or NET to teach new skills and strengthen existing ones. Studies have shown that ABA in the home setting is very effective.
Working to Help Our Clients Reach
Their Full Potential...
At CIMI, we take an individual approach to helping our clients reach their full potential. After receiving a diagnosis of Autism, a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) visits the family’s home to conduct parental/caregiver interviews and initial assessments. These assessments help determine at which level our interventions should begin and informs the programs to be developed and implemented.
Uniquely Tailored Programs
Our ultimate goal at CIMI is to increase skills in communication, learning, play and social interactions, decrease challenging behaviors that may interfere with learning and basic daily functions and reduce or eliminate repetitive or self-injurious behaviors. We work to educate the family unit by providing parent/caregiver training in collaboration with other paraprofessionals also servicing our client. Once goals have been set, a uniquely tailored program is developed by a BCBA and implemented by a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Our RBTs are closely supervised and participate in on-going training to ensure that they provide ABA services with the highest integrity.
Know the Warning Signs
The following red flags may indicate a child is at risk for autism spectrum disorder, and is in need of an immediate evaluation.
In clinical terms, there are a few “absolute indicators,” often referred to as “red flags,” which indicate a child should be evaluated. For a parent, these are the “red flags” your child should be screened to ensure that s/he is on the right developmental path.
Red Flags of Autism Spectrum Disorder:
If your baby shows two or more of these signs, please ask your pediatric healthcare provider for an immediate evaluation.
Impairment in Social Interaction:
Lack of appropriate eye gaze
Lack of warm, joyful expressions
Lack of sharing interest or enjoyment
Lack of response to name
Impairment in Communication:
Lack of showing gestures
Lack of coordination of nonverbal communication
Unusual prosody (little variation in pitch, odd intonation, irregular rhythm,
unusual voice quality)
Repetitive Behaviors & Restricted Interests:
Repetitive movements with objects
Repetitive movements or posturing of body, arms, hands, or fingers
Wetherby, A., Woods, J., Allen, L., Cleary, J., Dickinson, H., & Lord, C. (2004). Early indicators of autism spectrum disorders in the second year of life. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34, 473-493. Based on research at the Florida State University FIRST WORDS® Project