Beautiful Minds strives to provide specialized beneficial services to help children with Autism and their families so they can reach their maximum potential. Following is a brief overview of some of the services we provide:
At Beautiful Minds, we focus on implementing behavioral interventions for children between the ages of 2 and 18. Treatment programs are formulated on an individual basis and are tailored to each child's specific needs. Individualized programs are formulated based on several factors, including thorough evaluations, interviews with parents and teachers, and behavioral assessment and/or functional analysis.
To maximize learning and growth by generalizing change in the child's life, behavioral interventions are provided in the home, school and community. Each program will focus on developing a variety of skills, including:
- Functional Communication
- Play skills
- Social skills
- Motor skills
- Emotional regulation
- Safety Skills/ Awareness
In-Depth Assessment in the Home
Before a treatment program is initiated, a behavioral specialist will conduct an in-depth assessment in the home and in various environments where the behaviors may occur to determine the child's abilities and behaviors. A detailed account of the child's development, medical history and current level of functioning is the starting point. In-home assessments involve:
- Intensive child observation
- Interviews with family members and caretakers
- Standardized measures to determine the child's strengths, weaknesses, abilities and maladaptive behaviors
The child's behavior will also be observed in school and other social settings to establish baselines and frequency measures of various behaviors.
We are also a NPA (Non-Public- Agency). We have been certified with the Department of Education for many years. We provide behaviorists that are trained in ABA and positive behavioral management to attend school with children that have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and require specialized adult assistance to manage their behaviors and access the curriculum. We provide behaviorists to both public and private schools. Behaviorists work closely with teachers and school providers in order to achieve behavioral goals and help each child to become independent in the school environment. A program supervisor works closely with your child, teachers, staff, and parents to monitor progress, address new behaviors that may arise, and summarize data in quarterly progress reports. Both supervisors and behaviorists are active participants in the IEP process and serve an integral role in the child's success at school.
Personalized Team Approach
Your child will work with a team of therapists that employ a combination of techniques to further facilitate growth and learning. The main techniques used in therapy sessions include:
- Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
- Discrete Trial Learning
- Incidental Learning
- Social Skills Training
- Pivotal Response Training
- Floortime/Play Therapy
Qualified supervisors at Beautiful Minds closely monitor each child's progress and make changes to treatment programs as needed.
Beautiful Minds provides counseling to help parents and siblings cope with and understand the complexities of Autism. Family therapy encourages communication and participation from all members of the family.
At Beautiful Minds, we believe that the behavioral education program will have a maximum impact when parents and siblings are aware and actively involved in treatment. This way, children receive reinforcement 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will ultimately foster repetition and incorporation of the skills into the child's behavior.
Beautiful Minds provides a parent training program that focuses on empowering the parent in learning how to manage the difficult behaviors they encounter with their children on a daily basis. Parents are taught how to recognize behaviors and keep data to recognize patterns in order to prevent certain behaviors from occurring and teach replacement behaviors. Parents are taught how to create a schedule and routine in their home for the child in order to provide their child with stability and routine. Parents are also taught positive behavioral strategies and the importance of effective reinforcement in order to motivate their children. Parents learn how to manage and monitor their own behavior and reactions to their children in order to be more effective in providing behavioral support and maintenance.
The staff at Beautiful Minds consists of highly qualified and trained professionals that are committed to helping children grow to their maximum potential. We have a group of talented, dedicated psychologists, MFTs, Masters in Education, Masters in Social Work, and BCBA's that comprise our supervisor leadership team. Our supervisors speak a variety of languages and have experience working in multiple settings including the home, school, community and abroad.
Our supervisors work closely with the behaviorists, families, teachers, and school staff and to ensure constant support and guidance in treatment development and maintenance. They collaborate with teachers and other service providers to make sure that each child is receiving the best quality and consistent treatment.