Behavioral and Educational Strategies and Training
5716 Pirrone Road
Salida, CA 95368
(209) 579-9444
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Services

B.E.S.T.  provides a variety of behavior analytic services including but not limited to assessments, consultations, comprehensive ABA, focused ABA, "Mock Preschool/school", and parent trainings.  B.E.S.T. offers services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as individuals with other developmental disabilities.  Services are available at our center/clinic and within the home and community. The availability of our services depends on the particular location and the specific services being requested. All services provided by B.E.S.T are supervised by a Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and managed by an Assistant Behavior Analyst, which is an individual with a minimum of 9-18 units in behavior analytic course work approved by the BACB.


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Assessments

Consultation

Comprehensive  ABA

Focused ABA

Mock Preschool/School

Parent Training


ASSESSMENTS

B.E.S.T. conducts a variety of assessments. The most frequently requested assessments are Functional Assessments, Skill Assessments, Social Thinking/Cognition and Executive Function Assessments.

Each assessment has a different purpose and can answer a variety of different questions.

Functional Assessments are conducted to determine reasons/functions/motivation for the individual’s behavior. Behaviors often referred for this type of assessment include: aggression, noncompliance, and tantrums.

The goal of the functional assessment is to identify and define undesirable behaviors, identify the times, events, and situations that predict when behavior will and will not occur, determine what results occur and how these results may be maintaining the problem behavior, identify appropriate alternative behaviors, and create goals and develop a plan.

Skill Assessments are completed to determine what skills an individual (an infant, toddler, child or adolescent) has or does not have, what skills are most needed, and what strategies, supports, and settings, are going to be most beneficial in working towards those skills.

Skill Assessments can provide valuable information such as: type and frequency of reinforcement that’s most effective, ability to generalize skills across settings, methods to increase rate of learning, and strategies needed to increase generalization across settings.

Social Thinking/Cognition and Executive Function Assessments are also provided separately unless the individual is receiving comprehensive treatment.  Many individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder exhibit difficulties in the area of socialization, social thinking, and executive function skills.

Individuals may exhibit difficulties to varying degrees with things such as: joint attending, reciprocal play or interaction, interest in others, self-awareness and regulation, initiating and sustaining appropriate conversation, interpreting other’s nonverbal behaviors, understanding others perspectives/intentions/actions, problem solving/generating appropriate alternatives, showing compassion and empathy, social inferences, inhibiting responses, managing multiple resources of information, shifting attention, planning and organizing, decision making, and goal directed actions.

Each individual is assessed on a variety of tasks and observed across relevant environments as appropriate for each individual. Treatment goals and plans are developed to individual levels and needs.


CONSULTATION

B.E.S.T. can provide brief or on-going consultation in the areas of:

  • Program designs
  • Data collection systems
  • Treatment strategies
  • Behavior support strategies

Consultation Services can be provided by BCBA’s, BCABA’s, or Experienced Master’s Level Supervisors.

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COMPREHENSIVE ABA

B.E.S.T. provides comprehensive ABA treatment to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children and adolescents. Services are available in both a one-to-one and small group format and are available across a variety of settings (home, school, center and community) depending on the needs of the individual.

Comprehensive Services Include:

  • A variety of skill assessment across developmental domains
  • Development of a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan addressing multiple areas of need
  • Implementation of direct service with trained staff
  • Monitoring and management by an assistant behavior analyst and supervision by a behavior analyst
  • Generalization sessions with parent/care provider
  • Consultation with a speech and language pathologist as needed
  • Access to a monthly parent support group
  • Access to a monthly parent training workshop
  • As appropriate, participation in a mock preschool/mock kindergarten or social skills group
  • Progress reports with data, graphs, and recommendations

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FOCUSED ABA

Focused ABA involves providing direct services to the client and targeting one or two specific behaviors.   These targets can involve acquiring or reducing specific behaviors. Maintaining conversation, independent living, organization, compliance, safety, stereotypy, and self-injury are are just some examples of behaviors that can be targeted through this model. B.E.S.T provides focused ABA to toddlers, preschools, children and adolescents. Services are available in both a one-to-one and small group format and are available across a variety of settings (home, school, center and community) depending on the needs of the individual.


Focused ABA Services Include:

  • An assessment of targets to be treated
  • Individualized treatment plan addressing one or two targets
  • Implementation of treatment with trained staff
  • Monitoring and management by an assistant behavior analyst and supervision by a behavior analyst
  • Generalization sessions with parent/care provider
  • Access to monthly parent support group
  • Access to monthly parent training workshops
  • Progress reports with data, graphs and recommendations

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MOCK PRESCHOOL/SCHOOL

B.E.S.T. provides a mock or “practice” preschool/school year round. During the school year, a preschool program is run just like a private preschool. Children who are ready to participate as part of their comprehensive treatment do so, in preparation to attend a preschool in the community. Additionally, peers from the community are invited to attend and typically comprise 50% or more of the class.  This allows children to learn the routines, transitions, and general activates and rules that are common to most all preschools. Practicing these prior to attending preschool in the community increases the child’s chances of a successful preschool experience. The social skills emphasized in preschool (such as listening, waiting, sharing and turn taking with adult supervision, self control, and beginning conversation,) are a strong component of the mock preschool.

During the summer, children who are preparing for kindergarten, or first grade, are able to attend a mock  or "practice" kinder/1st grade class. This runs in a similar fashion to the mock preschool. Skills needed for Kindergarten and first grade and taught and practiced over the summer. A strong emphasis is also placed on learning and practicing and expanding on the social skills mentioned above.

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PARENT TRAINING

Our parents/caregivers play a crucial role in their child’s programming and treatment. Transferring progress in a clinical setting to a functional real life setting is our goal. In order to make this occur, we have a variety of ways parents/caregivers can becomes involved and learn.

Monthly Topic Specific Workshops

On a monthly basis one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) holds a topic based 1-2 hour workshop at our center in Salida. These 1-2 hour workshops are held in the evening and childcare is provided by trained behavioral therapists. Parents/caregivers and families of clients receiving any of our comprehensive services are welcome to attend for free. Topics vary form month to month and some more popular topics are repeated more than once a year as requested. Preparation for these presentations always involves a review of current research and is founded in basic applied behavioral principles. The information is however presented to parents and caregivers in a very user-friendly format with the use of limited professional terminology that might overwhelm parents and caregivers. Positive behavioral strategies that are developmentally appropriate are presented.

Topics

  • Increasing Cooperation
  • Increasing Food Selection
  • Toilet Training
  • Understanding Autism
  • Coping with Holiday Stress
  • Incorporating Learning into Play
  • Routines and Schedules
  • Maladaptive Behaviors
  • Improving Communication
  • Improving Social/Interaction Skills

Monthly Basic Workshop

Our “Hands on Behavioral Parent Training Workshop” is an eight-hour course also offered monthly, that demonstrates basic behavior analytic strategies and how to apply those strategies at home and in the community. This class is user-friendly and a variety of real life examples across behaviors and ages are shown through videos and vignettes. Parents/caregivers actively participate as the instructor continually presents ASR’s (Active Student Responding activities) where parents are asked to problem solve and demonstrate their understanding of the information throughout the class.

Generalization

It is crucial that parents participate on some level in treatment so that skills can generalize and maintain over time. Typically the parent/caregiver is briefed weekly and is asked on a weekly basis to participate in what we refers to as “Phase 3” where we begin to generalize the current skills being taught. Target skills are generalized systematically so that the child can utilize the skill regardless of the how it is presented (Phase 2) or the environment, or who presents it (Phase 3). Parents/caregivers play a key role in assisting therapists transfer skills in the final phase of skill acquisition (Phase 3).


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