Essentials For Living workshop

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Dates: Monday, March 31, 2014
Time: 9:00 to 4:00
Location: Microtel Inn & Suites, 1185 Highway 315, Wilkes Barre, PA

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For more information about the Essentials for Living Follow Up workshop, click here.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide specialized scientific, research based services to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental delays. Our commitment is to train and educate family members and professionals to improve upon each child’s capabilities and strengths as well as to develop lifelong skills. The core principles of Autism Behavioral Services, Inc. are to educate, empower, and enlighten.

Our Philosophy

Autism Behavioral Services, Inc. is committed to staff training in Applied Behavior Analysis and Applied Verbal Behavior. Staff are trained in the core behavioral techniques recommended by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board ( and supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts for appropriate implementation of techniques. Families and professionals working with children and adolescents served by ABS, Inc. are invited trainings offered through ABS, Inc.

Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS)

Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) are professionals with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a related field and one year paid experience working with children in a CASSP approved setting. The TSS provides one-to-one intervention to the child or adolescent in the location where services are indicated. The TSS works under the behavior program and supervision of his/her Behavior Specialist Consultant (BSC). All TSS working for Autism Behavioral Services, Inc. attend trainings in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) provided by a BCBA-D or BCBA. TSS are promoted based on a level system of training and clinical hours.

Behavioral Specialist Consultant (BSC)

Behavior Specialist Consultants are professionals with a master’s degree in psychology, education, social work, or other related field and one year paid experience working with children in a CASSP approved program. All BSCs working for Autism Behavioral Services, Inc. are supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). BSCs conduct functional behavior assessments, write treatment plans, and supervise the implementation of the program. All BSCs attend trainings in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) provided by a BCBA-D or BCBA.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst conducts descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavioral analytic interpretations of the results. The BCBA designs and supervises behavior analytic interventions. The BCBA teaches others to carry out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs and delivers instruction in behavior analysis.

Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS)

Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) are administered through the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) in the Department of Public Welfare (DPW). Children and adolescents who have medical assistance (MA) are eligible to receive medically necessary BHRS services until the day before their 21st birthday.

BHRS is a rehabilitative, MA-funded program providing trained professional support for youth to reduce or replace challenging behavior with positive, socially appropriate behavior. BHRS are family and child-centered and can take place in a variety of settings, including the home and community. Services are defined by the Behavior Treatment Plan, or Behavior Care Plan. Progress is monitored with data, updated regularly and reevaluated every four to twelve months.