Why Minnesota Behavioral Specialists?
There are a lot of providers for behavioral therapy in Minnesota but what sets us apart from the rest is the leadership of our company as well as the years of experience providing Individual Skills Therapy, Family Skills Therapy, and Diagnostic Assessment/Comprehensive Multi-disciplinary Evaluation (CMDE). As a behavioral therapy provider in Minnesota, we strive to support families reach goals they have only dreamed of. Minnesota Behavioral Specialists work closely with the families to develop a unique individualized therapy to support the dynamic needs of each individual.
Diagnostic Assessments/CMDE may be conducted to determine medical necessity and guide the development of the Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) and each child's overall ABA therapy program. Each ABA therapy program is individualized to meet the specific needs of the child. The child's ITP has a variety of goals that will be broken down and taught using ABA therapy techniques and strategies.
Minnesota Behavioral Specialists provides behavioral therapy services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or a related condition. Our team of therapists offer services for clients in need of either full or part time behavior therapy programs. Individual Services include 1:1 therapy in the home environment or in our center location working on the goals developed by the clinical team to support growth. Weekly Family Skills therapy is also conducted with 1:1 training for parents / caregivers. Services are conducted in the child's home setting, in the center environment, and may include community or peer play opportunities.
What is Autism?
Based upon the most recent documentation from Autism Speaks, “autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication." Autism makes each child unique. They may learn differently but that does not mean that they cannot learn. Research supports the effectiveness of ABA therapy for helping children learn, grow and reach their potential.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Autism Speaks defines ABA therapy as the “understanding of how behavior works in real situations." The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning. ABA therapy programs can help, increase language and communication skills, improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics, and decrease problem behaviors." The effectiveness of behavior therapy is supported by a plethora of research.
Telehealth is the use of interactive audio and/ or video telecommunication systems that permit real-time communication between the distant site and the client/ family at home.
Telehealth services are optional and are currently being offered by Minnesota Behavioral Specialists to continue or establish care during the coronavirus emergency. Although face-to-face behavior therapy is the ideal form of treatment, progress can be made via Telehealth. Services currently offered via telehealth:
- Family/ Caregiver Training and Counseling
- Assessment for services
- Individualized Treatment Planning
Telehealth services will be offered when:
- Minnesota Behavioral Specialists deems it necessary and believes the client will benefit from this type of service delivered via telehealth as a medical necessity.
- The family has access to WI-FI and can access telehealth safely
- All HIPAA requirements can be met while utilizing telehealth services