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client has a story. You may wish to read some of the experiences of other
families who have used the services of Applied Behavioral Concepts. Some
of the services were provided in town, others were provided out of town
services. Applied Behavioral Concepts has changed its format over the
years, improving on lessons learned. Home therapy became center based to
facilitate supervision and quality. Center based lacked the typical
interaction vital to generalization and facilitate functional skills in a
typical classroom. Currently, Applied Behavioral Concepts utilizes all the
components necessary to produce the changes across settings crucial to continued
development in other areas; typical peers, typical preschool and school
settings, typical play and playground and typical opportunities for growth and
development. Children learn from other children, modeling age appropriate
behavior is obtained by witnessing typical behavior. This is why Applied
Behavioral Concepts utilizes the techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis in the
typical school environment.
a second grader diagnosed with autism, languished in a special education
classroom, hiding under the table to avoid classroom activities. His
teachers reported there were many days like this. He had spent his
educational career in classrooms like these.
specialists in Birmingham suggested his parents contact Applied Behavioral
Concepts, Inc. William began a program to teach academics while addressing
the behaviors that kept him from participating in a regular classroom
William attends seventh grade in a private school without support. He no
longer avoids his teachers and is held accountable for his school work. He
has many friends, and enjoys swimming and tennis.
was in preschool when his parents were alerted by his teachers of disruptive
behavior in the classroom. He was finally dismissed from school when he ran
from the building into the street.
Upon formal diagnosis of
autism, it was determined he had severely impaired language skills, as most
of his responses were repeated phrases from television and videos. He was
also constantly in motion and lacked appropriate play skills for a four year
old, such as taking turns while playing a game, or interacting with other
children on the playground.
Eric is now doing well in a
regular classroom in a Madison County school. He is in the fifth grade and
plays baseball, soccer and football for the county leagues. He also enjoys
singing in the choir and participating in church plays.
was 3-1/2 years old when she was diagnosed with autism. She did not respond
to her name. She flapped her hands and twirled wildly. She showed such a
preference for one particular cup over all others that she would tantrum and
refuse liquids when offered any other cups. Beth's family was given little
hope for improvement.
Word-of-mouth led her mother to
Applied Behavioral Concepts, Inc., and Beth began an intense training
regimen. After two years of approximately 32 hours per week in therapy,
recent testing determined that she is functioning above or within normal
limits in all areas.
Beth attended a private
kindergarten and enjoys music and dance classes with other girls her age.
She is expected to enter the public school system next year without
requiring any exceptional resources.
was 2-1/2 years old and had been recently diagnosed with autism when his
mother discovered Applied Behavioral Concepts, Inc. Jacob had no regard for
others, no way of appropriately communicating requests, and he frequently
resorted to violent bursts of head banging — hurting himself and others.
Jacob stared blankly for long periods of time at inanimate objects. He was
locked into his own world and unable to communicate.
The Applied Behavioral
Concepts, Inc., team of therapists executed a program specially designed for
Jacob to give him the skills he needed to communicate and function in the
world. Within a few weeks, Jacob was making eye contact, responding to his
name and uttered his first word — "clock".
Many other phenomenal advances
were made in the years with the Applied Behavioral Concepts team. Now, four
years later, Jacob is social, verbal and affectionately engages with
Beth and Jacob will always be autistic, but thanks to the services of
Applied Behavioral Concepts, Inc., they have the skills to continue learning
and the ability to communicate with others.
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