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ABS Monthly Newsletter

The November 2014 of our ABS Newsletter is now online and publicly accessible.

Contents:

  • New Lehi and Salt Lake offices
  • Article on Music Therapy by Lindsey Green
  • Article on Decreasing Problem Behavior by Christa Dalton
  • Short articles on the new Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification category
  • Introducing a new role at ABS: Family Relations Representative, Maria Loveless
  • and more

We at Alternative Behavior Strategies intend for these newsletters to be useful to parents, staff, and the public.  Readers of our blog, ABA in Utah, will have already seen some of this material and the newsletter is also an advertisement for our blog.

Introduction

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Alternative Behavior Strategies (ABS) is an ABA based consultation firm that utilizes the principles of Positive Behavior Supports and empirically based Applied Behavior Analysis to help better the quality of life of each client served. ABS works to educate and support caretakers to create alternatives to challenging behavior and develop additional skill sets to allow for more opportunity in the life of the client. The lifespan perspective of ABS opens doors for service of children (from age 18 months) through adulthood, with detail oriented individualized plans developed and monitored by Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Our Philosophy: Alternative Behavior Strategies, Inc (ABS) is a consultation based service provider that focuses on the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help ameliorate deficits and excesses attributable to a Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Social Emotional Disorder. ABS utilizes a variety of ABA techniques that incorporate motivation and function based teaching into the curriculum or family/community dynamic. These techniques vary from Verbal Behavior, Pivotal Response Training, Natural Environment Teaching and Positive Behavior Supports to more intense teaching methodologies such as Discrete Trial Training. Behavior change strategies focus on the development of alternative behaviors and establishment of skill sets that can replace maladaptive behavior. Programming and behavior plans are individualized to meet the needs of each client and are developed from research based assessment tools.

All programs at ABS are developed and monitored by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Alternative Behavior Strategies, Inc provides intensive treatment focusing on the pivotal behaviors that are preventing an individual from accessing the community or more neuro-typical social environments. Through the use of a variety of ABA strategies plans will address each behavioral and skill domain that is preventing access to more independence. The focus of treatment is to maximize strengths of an individual to serve as tools in rectifying areas of weakness.