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Please read through the details and requirements for this new specialized program:
- This social skills program is unlike any other offered in Berks County. The AIM program requires a year-long commitment from the participant and their parent/caregiver, with scheduled breaks throughout the year. Participants with autism in this program must be high functioning, verbal, and able to actively participate in various group participation and problem solving activities.
- Because of limited space, this program is available to those diagnosed with autism who reside or attend school in Berks County.
- Thanks to generous donations from our Walk for Awareness and the community throughout the year, there is no charge for these groups.
- Groups will meet Mondays starting 5/21. The first session will be an informational overview for parents and their children who are both accepted into the groups as well as those who are waitlisted. Sessions will be held at our office: Century 21/Park Rd. 60 Commerce Blvd, Wyomissing. Groups will be limited to 5-6 participants.
Group 1: Ages 5-7 (5:00 – 6:00)
Group 2: Ages 8-12 (6:05 – 7:05)
Group 3: Ages 13-17 (7:10 – 8:10)
- The program leader will discuss other scheduled breaks for the year. Currently, no sessions will be held on: 5/28, 8/6, 9/3, 12/24, 12/31
What is AIM?
AIM stands for Accept, Identify, and Move. AIM’s program is a research based approach to teaching all children psychological flexibility. The program integrates 3 different disciplines: Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis. The goal of ACT with children can be summarized as reducing the dominance of language that gets in the way of living in the present moment, developing values, and clarity.
What Can I Expect?
The first session is for parents and children to receive an overview of the program. Parents and children will be asked to complete their own assessment. Parents will learn about the home component, reinforcement, and functions of behavior. They will be asked to complete a FBA questionnaire to determine the function of their child’s behavior.
When children arrive, they will provide the homework portion to the facilitator. The session will then start with the opening mindfulness activity. After the opening session, the children will complete 3 short activities. Parents will be invited back into the room after the closing meditation. The staff will meet with the parents to do an overview of the lessons and what the next week’s homework will be.
Who is running the sessions?
Sonya Markey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with ABA Support Services. Sonya has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families for the past 12 years. Her ABA experience includes home, school and social skills group settings. Her clients have ranged in age from 2-21 years of age and have included children with severe behavioral challenges, social skill deficits, feeding issues and self-injurious behaviors
I have more questions. Who can I ask?
Email Sonya at email@example.com
You can also email the Autism Society of Berks County at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please DO NOT send messages via Facebook.
I have read through all the information and am ready to commit to this program. What do I do next?
Please thoroughly fill out the registration form below by Thursday 5/17. A representative of ABA Support Services, LLC will be in contact with you after review.
ABA Support Services, LLC
ABA Support Services LLC is a private agency that services up to 26 counties for children with behavioral, communication and social skill deficits. The company is owned and operated by a Certified Behavior Analyst since June of 2011. The company provides evaluations and ongoing services in the home and school. ABA Support Services works with children from birth to 21 years old. Staff are highly trained in the principles and practices of Applied Behavior Analysis. Supervisors are either BCBA’s or are eligible to take the exam and are license behavior specialists. The company provides home services, school based services, FBA’s, and other assessments. ABA Support Services goal is to help children build connections to their family, friends and community. Visit their website at www.abasupportservices.com