Initially, children receive a complete developmental assessment to determine the current level of functioning and appropriate programming needs and placement. Most children begin a treatment program that consists primarily of individual therapy services based on the principles of applied behavior analysis which includes specialized instruction in the areas of communication, behavior, cognition, daily living, social and play skills. As children acquire language and instructional skills, we offer additional educational services including an Early Education classroom program, a Primary Education classroom program and after school Enrichment Programs for school-aged children. We offer regularly scheduled parent training clinics as well as additional therapy services including occupational therapy, sensory integration, and speech and language services. We frequently collaborate and work with our local and surrounding area schools by providing direct therapy services to children and training for teachers, program aides and parents.
ABA Outpatient Clinic Services
The clinic program at The Riley Center provides individual behavioral therapy based on the principles of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) for children diagnosed with autism. The ABA approach includes specialized instruction in the areas of communication, behavior, cognition, daily living and social and play skills. Our program is designed to provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning and acts as the perfect stepping stone to our Early Education program.
We integrate various research based teaching methods including: Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), and Pivotal Response Training (PRT). Each child is a unique individual and may benefit from all or only some of the methods.
Each child’s skills are assessed using the Verbal Behavior-Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). Individual programs are devised from the VB-MAPP to target specific skill deficits. Formal reassessments take place every 6 months to ensure each child is progressing as expected. Progress is tracked with daily data collection and analysis overseen by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Parent Clinic Meetings
Each family meets with their child’s case manager on a monthly basis. This provides families with the opportunity to discuss behavioral challenges experienced in the home setting. We also will provide the opportunity for the parents to view a therapy session in progress and receive hands on training.
Monthly Staff Training
We maintain staff training and development through monthly team meetings. We use this time to discuss the principles of ABA and how we can apply to specific children through programming and behavior intervention. We also host other professionals related to the field of autism to develop staff knowledge of different issues affecting children with autism.
Early Education Program
Early Education Program Located at Asbury United Methodist Church The Riley Center is pleased to announce a partnership with Asbury United Methodist Church “Weekday” preschool and kindergarten program. Beginning August 2011, students in the Riley Center’s Early Education Program will participate in an inclusion program that is designed to promote generalization of skills, develop language, academic and motor skills, and teach social skills in a typical preschool setting. The Early Education program will be housed in Asbury’s Weekday facility. Based on an assessment using VB-MAPP, our students receive individual instruction in Discrete Trial format to target developmental skills. They also learn in a group setting; with instruction using Touch Math, Sing, Spell, Read and Write, Teach me Language, and Handwriting without Tears complemented by thematic curriculum consistent with the Weekday Program. In addition, during part of the day, our students join the children in the Weekday program for activities which may include: outdoor play, calendar activities, learning center time, snack/lunch, art activities, Spanish, music, and chapel time. All inclusion is supported by Riley Center staff who have specialized training in Autism. The Early Education Program is a year-round program with hours of 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Our student to teacher ratio for the Early Education Program is 3:1. As part of this partnership, peer training along with teacher education in Autism and applied behavior analysis (ABA) is offered. The Riley Center is extremely grateful for this opportunity and thanks the wonderful and compassionate director and staff at Asbury United Methodist Church Weekday Program along with the Asbury Church Executive Director, Director of Children’s Ministries and Board of Trustees for their outreach and support in developing this partnership.
Primary Education Class Program
Special Day School
The Riley Center operates a non-profit private school for children ages 6-13 (up to 7th gr.) diagnosed with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delay and/or Asperger’s. The programs provide academic, social and independent skill instruction through the implementation of researched-based/best practices from the field of special education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for early learners to advanced learners. The Individualized and Early Learners Classes provide intensive verbal/communication and adaptive skills instruction. The Intensive Classroom program for advanced learners seeks to prepare students for successfully transitioning into mainstreamed classrooms. All students receive instruction in the five core academic areas of Mathematics, Reading, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies which follows the Alabama Course of Study. We provide regular community-based instruction to promote independent functioning, pre-vocational and social skills. Students also receive communication instruction through computer/iPad, keyboarding and handwriting programs.
After School Enrichment Program
The After School Enrichment Program at The Riley Behavioral and Educational Center serves school-age children who attend typical schools and need additional assistance with the development and/or maintenance of social skills. This program runs on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. The focus of After School Enrichment is on social language development, peer interaction, relationship development, and social skills. If necessary, some students may receive one-on-one instruction based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) during a portion of the scheduled enrichment time.
The Riley Center seeks to provide comprehensive services using a multidisciplinary approach to fulfill the urgent need for earlier diagnosis and treatment for children and their families faced with autism. Recommendations for assessment will be made after a review of records (past evaluations, physician recommendations, etc.).
Our Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Clinic evaluation may include: structured parent interview, formal child observation, medical evaluation, psychological evaluation, social & adaptive behavior assessment, cognitive development assessment, sensor & fine motor assessment, and speech & language assessment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (November 2007) recommends pediatricians screen all children for autism at 9, 18, 24, and 30 months of age and to immediately refer any child suspected for autism for a complete diagnostic evaluation. Research has found that children with ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months and sometimes younger; however, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until they are much older. A delay in diagnosis often means that children with an ASD might not get the help they need. Treatment services cannot begin until an ASD is diagnosed.
The Spectrum Project
The Riley Center is very pleased once again to be a 2011-2012 grant recipient of Huntsville Hospital Community Health Initiative. On June 22nd, Huntsville Hospital awarded $15,000 to The Riley Center to support Year Two of The Spectrum Project.
The Spectrum Project focuses on families who cannot financially afford to provide services for their children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The Spectrum Project provides families with the information and training they need to implement some of the most basic and most vital elements of a research-based, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. Through the Spectrum Project, our goal is to equip families with the necessary skills they need to change maladaptive, problem behavior into positive behavior that will lead to success in all areas of a child’s life thereby increasing the likelihood that this child will go on to live an independent life as a contributing member of the Huntsville-area community.
The Community Health Initiative provides grants to nonprofit organizations to address our community’s priority health issues. The Community Health Initiative has had a remarkable impact on the overall health of our community.
For more information about Huntsville Hospital Community Health Initiative, please visit their website at http://www.huntsvillehospital.org/about/communityhealthinitiative/.
To inquiry about The Spectrum Project, please contact Tam Dahlgren, M.Ed., BCBA at 256-882-2458 or email@example.com
START (Support, Training, And Research-based Techniques)@Home
The Riley Center is pleased to offer extended services in the home environment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder from ages 2 months-14 years.
The START@Home Program includes:
Training in principles of reinforcement and function of behavior
Instruction in behavioral intervention and effective teaching strategies
Development and implementation of a home-based behavioral support plan
Data collection and analysis
Common Issues Addressed by the START@Home Program:
Behavioral problems such as:
Defiance, Tantrums, Aggression, Property destruction, Self-injurious behaviors, Disruptive behaviors, Self-stimulatory behaviors, Behavioral feeding problems, Toilet training
Behaviors targeted for increase such as:
Appropriate interactions with siblings or peers; Compliance with task demands; Social skills; Pre-vocational skills; Self-help skills; Appropriate behavior on community outings
To schedule your at-home training and consultation services, please call Melody Crane at 256-882-2457.
Staff Training Clinics
The Riley Center provides training in applied behavior analysis including the discrete trial teaching method and behavior modification techniques to qualified individuals desiring employment in the field of Autism and other related disorders. Regular teacher and therapist trainings are conducted for our staff on a regular basis to ensure effective therapy, interventions and teaching techniques are being utilized.
Parent and Caregiver Training Clinics
Parents and other caregivers are required to attend monthly training clinics with the clinic administrator, director and/or lead therapist. Parent Training Clinics provide parents and administrators the opportunity to discuss the child’s progress and/or concerns on a regular basis. Parents are given an overview of their child’s current education and behavior programs and encouraged in ways to generalize acquired skills in their home and other settings. Parents are also given the opportunity to receive “hands-on” training with their child.
The Riley Center provides a seven week summer program. Our programs are based on research-based practices using a Multidisciplinary Team of professionals including Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA/BCaBA), Special Education teachers, ABA therapists/tutors, a Speech/Language pathologist, and an Occupational therapists. There are three programs available. Additional ABA therapy is also available.
Summer Enrichment Program
This program is designed for children with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, and PDD-NOS who need academic and effective social communication skill instruction. Students have opportunities to participate in Community Based Instruction through weekly outings. This summer’s theme is “Shoot for the Moon”. We will focus on space travel. Students will build and launch their own rockets. Parents will participate in a rocket launch event.
Summer Intensive Program
This program is designed for children who need individualized instruction, intense language training, and behavior modification. Students received individualized ABA therapy, small group time, and Community Based Instruction through weekly scheduled Field Trips/Outings focused on training adaptive and independent living skills.
Early Education Class Program (ages 4-6)
Located at Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, this program is designed to promote generalization of language, social/play, and academic skills.
Please contact The Riley Center for more information or to register.
Related Outside Services
The Riley Center works in conjunction with other related professionals and therefore can refer children, parents and caregivers desiring or requiring additional services.