Beacon Services of Connecticut

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Beacon Services of Connecticut has been developed to respond to a growing need for intensive behavioral intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Beacon serves families in need of intensive services through a home based treatment model capable of supporting between 5 and 28 hours a week of direct child instruction and parent training based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Home based services are provided by a treatment team comprised of a home therapist, associate and the family.

Beacon's intervention philosophy is based on a foundation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  The interventions used at Beacon are all validated by scientific research.  That is, the methods used to teach children new skills and reduce challenging behaviors have been proven effective in numerous research studies conducted in applied settings.  Treatment plans are based upon careful measurement and analysis of the child's responding to relevant environmental changes.  Several studies have shown children diagnosed with ASD/PDD experience substantial improvements when methods of Applied Behavior Analysis are used to teach new skills and reduce interfering behaviors (Lovaas 1987, Maurice 1993, McEachin, Smith & Lovaas 1993, Anderson, Avery, Dipietro, Edwards & Christian, 1987; Smith, Eikeseth, Klevstand & Lovass, 1997).

The family is an integral part of the child's intervention plan, a valued resource and active team participant.  The focus, direction and implementation of services are guided by the family within the IFSP team format and throughout the individual's involvement with Beacon.  The practice recommends that Beacon's therapists initially conduct treatment sessions on a 1:1 basis.  The goal of this direct instruction is for the child to acquire the readiness skills that sets the stage for future learning (joint attention, following 1 step instructions, imitation and cooperative play).  Following this initial acquisition period, the parents are included in direct teaching sessions and proficient skills are transferred into the child's natural routines to be reinforced by the parents (dressing, meal time, play time, family visits to relatives).

Beacon's practices are consistent with and subject to the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct published by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

An essential service for families and early childhood professionals