Including Kids

Humble, TX
Contact: (281) 852-0501

Overview

INCLUDING KIDS, INC. provides research based behavioral intervention and instruction for children and young adults with autism and other related delays, endeavoring to cultivate their learning and social skills to facilitate their inclusion in the community.

Soar Academy is a middle/high school age program that operates 30 hours a week; support levels vary depending on each child's needs. The program focuses on teaching functional academics and meaningful life skills through pre-vocational and personal exploration. The goal of this program to provide an age-appropriate setting for young adults on the autism spectrum to learn important life skills. This is accomplished through a mixture of individual, group and community teaching methods.

Done correctly, intervention for autism is not a "one size fits all" approach consisting of a "canned" set of programs or drills. On the contrary, every aspect of intervention is customized to each learner's skills, needs, interests, preferences, and family situation. For those reasons, an intervention program for one learner might look somewhat different than a program for another learner. But genuine, comprehensive research based behavioral intervention and instruction programs for learners with autism have certain things in common:

  • Intervention designed and overseen directly by qualified, well-trained professional behavior analysts
  • Detailed assessment of each learner's skills as well as learner and family preferences to determine initial treatment goals
  • Selection of goals that are meaningful for the learner and the family
  • Ongoing objective measurement of learner progress
  • Frequent review of progress data by the behavior analyst so that goals and procedures can be "fine tuned" as needed
  • Instruction on developmentally appropriate goals in all skill areas (e.g., communication, social, self-care, play and leisure, motor and academic skills)
  • Skills broken down into small parts or steps that are manageable for the learner, and taught from simple (such as imitating single sounds) to complex (e.g., carrying on conversations)
  • An emphasis on skills that will enable learners to be independent and successful in both the short and the long run
  • Use of multiple behavior analytic procedures - both adult directed and learner-initiated - to promote learning in a variety of ways
  • Many opportunities, specifically planned and naturally occurring - for each learner to acquire and practice skills every day, in structured and unstructured situations
  • Intervention provided consistently for many hours each week based on the needs of the individual
  • Abundant positive reinforcement for useful skills and socially appropriate behaviors
  • An emphasis on positive social interactions, and on making learning fun
  • No reinforcement for behaviors that are harmful or prevent learning
  • Use of techniques to help trained skills carry over to various places, people and times and to enable learners to acquire new skills in a variety of settings
  • Parent training so family members can teach and support skills during typical family activities
  • Regular meetings between family members and program

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