CBC offers DIR/Floortime, Social Skills Training, and ABA services. Our ABA services are primarily focused on parent training. It is not Intensive ABA, where services are provided directly to the client. Our sister agency, Familias First, specializes in the provision of Intensive ABA services.
CBC’s office is located in San Gabriel, CA. Does that mean you only provide services in the City of San Gabriel area?
CBC’s headquarter offices is located in San Gabriel, CA. CBC has a second office in Baldwin Park, CA. However, CBC provides services throughout Southern California and it not limited to one specific city. Additionally, if you are interested in receiving services from CBC, it is possible your funding source (i.e., health insurance carrier or Regional Center) may contract us to do so.
You do not seem to be currently contracted with my health insurance carrier or local Regional Center. Does that mean CBC cannot provide the services to me?
Many health insurance plans (and Regional Centers) will grant a “single case/client” agreement. That means they can create an agreement with us to provide services that pertain to you only. Alternatively, the funding source grant a contract and add CBC to their network of providers.
Floortime services and ABA services are two completely different treatments that address specific areas of development. Floortime primarily focuses on the development of skills needed to socialize, interact, and form meaningful relationships. On the other hand, there is evidence that ABA services are effective in teaching adaptive skills, increasing communication, and addressing problematic behaviors that interfere with the client’s functioning. Both Floortime and ABA services serve a purpose in the client’s development. Services should always be based on the client’s need.
The first developmental milestone is to increase the child’s awareness of the world and to build on their interests. This does not depend on age, but rather on the individualized need. With younger children, we see what the child finds interesting and then we build off that – the interest is the glue to any meaningful relationship. With an older child, we may build on their interests using the same principles but different techniques, such as challenging and expanding. With older clients, the goals are geared toward developing skills that will assist in the integration of the client in a higher education or occupational setting. Evaluating the client’s developmental stages is equally important in younger and older clients. From there, an intervention plan is devised based on the needs and abilities.
When the behaviors do not pose a danger to the child or those around him/her, we modify our approach during sessions to optimize the client’s success. If we can still work on the Floortime goals as outlined in the intervention plan without the behaviors impacting service provision, the child may still be a candidate for the program. In these cases, the Case Manager and clinical team work closely to monitor the client’s progress to ensure their current needs are being met and is still benefitting from the program. Other times, during the initial assessment, we may recommend for the child to receive other services, such as ABA, before pursuing Floortime services.
CBC will conduct an assessment after the funding source sends the referral. Clients who benefit from the SSTP typically need to learn to recognize and understand social cues, to take others’ perspective, initiate and maintain social interactions, and develop conversation skills, among other key areas. The evaluator will determine which setting, also referred to as a Phase, the client will begin in based on the current skill level.
Clients who attend the center sessions are put in groups of three peers to one specialist. The client must have the skills necessary to benefit from the group activity. The program requires for clients to have expressive communication skills. Clients who engage in challenging behaviors (e.g., elopement, aggression, self-injurious behaviors) on a regular basis will have difficulty benefitting from the SSTP curriculum. However, home services can be provided and goals can be implemented to prepare the client for center services. Once problematic behaviors have been addressed, services can be recommended for center-based sessions. These decisions are reviewed on a case by case basis.
As a family member or caregiver, can I observe the Social Skills Training center sessions to see if I like the program?
Due to confidentiality of our clients, observations by others is not allowed during sessions. Parents are welcome make an appointment to take a tour of the center. Parents will be given detailed information about our therapy rooms, specifically addressing how they target social skill. Parents can also view a video that summarizes our services. To make an appointment for a tour, please contact us at email@example.com.
Why do I need to be part of the Social Skills Training home session, if you are here to work with my child?
It is very important for the parents to participate in sessions to learn interventions taught in the social skills curriculum. The parent is the most important teacher in the client’s life. In addition, only when skills are practiced outside of sessions will they be maintained. The specialist is there to support and help you to use the Social Thinking model, such as “thinking with your eyes”, or how to deal with unexpected.