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Applied Behavior Analysis 

ABA is a well-developed scientific discipline among the helping professions that focuses on the analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of social and other environmental modifications to produce meaningful changes in human behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. ABA uses changes in environmental events, including antecedent stimuli and consequences, to produce practical and significant changes in behavior. These relevant environmental events are usually identified through a variety of specialized assessment methods. ABA is based on the fact that an individual’s behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as their genetic endowment and physiological variables (1).

 

EDC provides individual ABA therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Services are offered in the child's home, in the community, or at the child's school, in coordination with the child's school administrators. 

(1) BACB's ABA Treatment of ASD: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers

Infant Education & Specialized Therapy Services

EDC offers early intervention services to infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years of age, who are at high risk for developmental delay, have developmental delay(s), or who have features of an ASD. Qualified practitioners will conduct initial and ongoing family-directed assessments in order to identify a child’s unique strengths and needs and identify the most appropriate early intervention services to meet those needs. Our clinical team will design and carry out individualized, comprehensive, culturally responsive, and multidisciplinary goals and treatment plans for each child and family. Services, including infant education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and behavior consultation, are conducted in the child’s natural environment.

Family Support

EDC provides families with customized support and training using the principles and techniques of applied behavior analysis (ABA) while following the ethical guidelines set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Training emphasizes skills development and support so that caregivers become competent in implementing treatment protocols across critical environments.  Ongoing activities involve supervision and coaching during implementation, problem-solving as issues arise, and support for implementation of strategies in new environments to ensure optimal gains and promote generalization and maintenance of therapeutic changes (1).

(1) BACB's ABA Treatment of ASD: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers

Speech Therapy

EDC offers Speech Therapy in Imperial County. Our Speech Therapy Team adheres to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards and Code Of Ethics. Speech Therapy is provided in home and community based settings. 

Project ImPACT

EDC offers Project ImPACT for Toddlers in San Diego and Imperial County. Project ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers) for Toddlers is a program that focuses on parent/child interactions and provides research based techniques to help children build social-communication skills. These techniques are used during your daily routines and interactions with your child. The program targets four areas: Social engagement, Social imitation, Play, and Communication. Project ImPACT for Toddlers is an adapted version of Project ImPACT.

Service Areas

EDC provides in-home, community, and school-based services in San Diego and Imperial County.

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