What We Offer
At Westside Behavior Therapy, we use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to affect a desired change in a child’s behavior.
Depending on the focus, our behavior analysts will begin with your child one-on-one in our highly-structured, center environment with the goal of moving toward a less-structured center environment.
Continually researched, applied, and improved over the last three decades, ABA therapy is the most successful strategy for teaching children with disabilities, promoted by the Center for Disease Control and endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General. (1999). By way of our own experience, as well as the literature, we have learned that it is also a very effective way to modify behavioral responses in children with emotional and/or developmental challenges.
When your child is diagnosed with a developmental disability, it can be incredibly overwhelming and at times shocking. As a parent, or a family member living with someone who’s been recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), you face daily challenges that don’t impact other families. You probably face more demands on your time, energy and even finances than other people do. You may not even know where to turn for help. Westside Behavior Therapy can help you get started on your journey toward hope. We’ve put together this guide to outline some of the first steps you should take.
- Of foremost importance, it’s crucial to pursue needs-based care. The needs of the child are very important, but the needs of the caregivers and family must also be considered.
- To obtain the best care, seek Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy uses the well-established principles of learning to decrease negative behaviors and increase communication and life skills. This treatment is a research-based intervention for helping children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. The emphasis is on proven outcomes.
- Secure educational services, available either through the state department of education or department of health. A local regional center or community-centered board (CCB) can also be helpful in identifying the local, state and federally funded programs for people with developmental disabilities. Community-centered boards serve as liaisons between the department of health and in some cases the department of education funding and community resources.
- Clarify insurance coverage or financial assistance. Start by talking with the employee benefit manager at your place of employment. This professional can help determine if certain disabilities are deemed medically necessary to treat. Oregon has health insurance mandates for the behavioral treatment of children with autism. If insurance will not cover treating the disability, it’s very important to appeal on behalf of the child.
- Seek family/community support. Many communities have support groups for parents and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities. These include the Autism Society or the Down’s Syndrome Association. There are also many online chat-rooms for specific disabilities.
At Westside Behavior Therapy, our goal is to help children on the autism spectrum reach their potential. We help by providing individualized clinical services. As a devoted, capable partner with you, we offer compassionate care coupled with professionalism and skilled training. We combine expertise and knowledge with clinical, technical and interpersonal skills to achieve successful behavioral outcomes …all with the goal of making your family’s life easier.
To begin, we work with you to create an individualized behavior program for your child based on what we learn from behavioral interviews and scientifically validated assessments. This information serves as a baseline as we fine-tune the treatment plan with additional observations. Our programs reflect the latest research on behavioral treatment and are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).