Unlocking Doors to Endless Possibilities
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Who W

e Serve:

Choices Behavioral Health currently serves children between the ages of 2 to 18 within Merritt Island, Brevard County, and surrounding areas. Our clients include those with:

• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
• Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
• Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
• Anxiety disorders
• Communication and social delays
• Emotional/behavioral concerns
• Problematic behavior (mild aggression, tantrums, self-injurious behavior)

Skill areas that ABA can assist with include, but are not limited to:

• Communication: functional & conversational language
• Independent Living Skills: toileting, dressing, & food expansion
• Social Skills: eye contact, peer play, & perspective taking
• Safety & Community Skills: identifying dangerous items, stranger awareness, staying with caregiver, & shopping
• Cooperation Skills: appropriate waiting, tolerating “no”, & increasing independence with work tasks

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1:1 ABA Therapy

Following an initial assessment to determine areas of need, center-based treatment can begin. The center provides an enriched and structured environment that maximizes learning opportunities. Research has indicated that enter-based treatment can promote higher rates of mastery than in-home services (Dixon, Burns, Granpeesheh, Amarasinghe, Powell, & Linstead, 2017). However, our providers do work on generalizing skills to other environments. As the child demonstrates skills in the supportive and safe environment of the center, in-home and community services can be scheduled to ensure these skills are transferred to other environments.

Choices Behavioral Health offers comprehensive and focused treatment. Comprehensive treatment includes treatment of multiple affected developmental domains, such as cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning as well as reduction of maladaptive behaviors (tantrum, task refusal, stereotypy, etc.). The overall goal is to minimize the gap between a client’s level of functioning and that of their same-aged peers. Focused treatment typically involves less direct hours and therapy will only focus on a small number of goals that are a primary concern.

Caregiver Training

Caregiver training is provided as part of each client’s 1:1 ABA therapy, but is also offered as a separate service. Caregivers, relatives, siblings, and other important people in a child’s life can learn how to handle difficult behaviors, increase appropriate behaviors, facilitate positive sibling/social interactions and improve community outings. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst works with caregivers to teach the underlying basics of behavior, giving them the tools they need to use ABA outside of the center.

Community Workshops:

Our staff provide small group trainings to members of the community on variety of topics to raise awareness, to educate, and assist anyone who may interact with someone with behavioral issues.

 
 
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