Autism & ABA Services

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program of Los Niños Services helps young children on the autistic spectrum learn to communicate, improve social skills and reduce problematic behaviors like tantrums. The effectiveness of the ABA approach has been demonstrated over more than 40 years of research.

The Los Niños Services ABA program uses a Verbal Behavior approach in combination with Discrete Trial and Natural Environment teaching. These approaches have been popularized by clinicians and researchers such as Dr. Vincent Carbone, Dr. Mark Sundberg, and Dr. James Partington (See Sundberg, M. L., & Partington, J.W. (1998). Teaching language to children with autism or other developmental disabilities.).

Through the use of ABA, skills are broken down into their smaller components and taught in a structured manner with the use of reinforcement (preferred items/activities to the child). Natural Environment Teaching (NET) is used to generalize skills taught in discrete trial teaching. NET using toys/activities in the child’s everyday environment to ensure generalization of previously taught skills. It is also a way for therapists to pair themselves as reinforcers, helping to build a relationship with the child through the use of preferred activities.  This helps to insure optimal learning.

Verbal Behavior approach targets language and communication through a behavior analytic perspective.  It breaks down language into different categories called verbal operants, each playing its role in the development of simple and complex communication skills. The 1ST verbal operant which is targeted as early as the first session are “mands” or requests. Through the use of preferred items, opportunities are created for the child to ask for what they want allowing them to have their needs and wants met and decrease frustration.  As the child acquires mands, other verbal operants are targeted (Echoics, Tacts and Intraverbals). By using assessment tools such as the ABLLS®-R, individualized programs are created based on the child’s developmental level, family needs and current IFSP. Data collection is a necessary to ensure accurate decisions are made in creating and modifying the child’s curriculum.

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:

New York City Westchester County
311 914-813-5094

Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, county staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family.

Early intervention services in your plan and authorized by the county are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.

Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

Los Niños Services is approved by New York State and has contracts with New York City and Westchester County to provide early intervention services.