Stella’s family first contacted Instructional ABA Consultants (IABA) because she was not successful in traditional speech therapy and they could not communicate with her. English is the second language of Stella’s family and Stella was speaking in a combination of English and her native language. Her family called this “Stella-talk,” and was very difficult for the family to understand. Since Stella was not able to communicate what she wanted or needed, engaged in tantrums, including screaming, crying, physical aggression and self-injury. Her IABA team ran comprehensive assessments with Stella and found the causes for her tantrums. Using the assessments to guide her treatment, Stella’s team was able to identify what she was trying to communicate with her tantrums and teach her words to ask for what she wanted. Once Stella was able to communicate her needs, her tantrums stopped and her family was able to consistently communicate with Stella.
Charlie was referred to Instructional ABA Consultant’s (IABA’s) Autism Clinic only a few short months after receiving his autism diagnosis at 2 ½ years old in 2015. Prior to his intake meeting Charlie had just started singing songs, his first words, but did not communicate in any other way. Charlie started attending IABA’s Autism Clinic five days a week and almost immediately his language began to blossom. His BCBA and treatment team made sure all of Charlie’s programs focused on teaching Charlie how to understand instructions, his environment, and how his words could gain him access to the social world as well as items he wanted. Over a year later Charlie still comes to IABA’s clinic five days a week but is now chatting up a storm. Charlie is able to engage in greetings, vocally answer for all his programs, as well as request what he wants using four word phrases.
Aiden started ABA services with Instructional ABA Consultants (IABA) in the spring of 2015. Aiden previously received ABA therapy from another company and was not making progress. His family sought out IABA’s treatment team due to his engagement in severe self-injury. At the time of referral Aiden was engaging in self-injurious behaviors in the form of face scratches and had on average, 100 occurrences a day. Aiden’s team quickly went to work with the goal to stop the self injury and to see Aiden smile. Before starting assessments his treatment team spent a week playing with Aiden to learn what he valued and brought him joy. Then, his treatment team conducted a Functional Analysis and determined what was causing this behavior. After finding the function (why) of the self-injury IABA implemented a behavior intervention plan, the amount of face scratches decreased significantly and the form changed to touching his lower jaw. Aiden’s team taught him to verbally request items as an alternative behavior and the variety of phrases increased as well. Since then, his team has been working on a desensitization program as Aiden grows up to help him better understand his environment, cope with things out of his control, and to advocate for himself. While the decrease in self-injury was a true success, IABA’s biggest job is seeing Aiden’s bright smile on a weekly basis.