A day in the life here at ABA For Life/About Us
Applied Behavior Therapy For Life’s professional team dedicated to your child’s future….what makes us so special? What makes us so different from any other ABA group?
What does a typical day look like here for our young learners?
Our learning center is spacious with lots of room for your child to learn, socialize, play, and grow. Applied Behavior Therapy for Life is a nurturing place where children learn in a non-stressed environment with consistent therapy teams.
Each child follows a daily learning schedule based on his/her individual treatment plan and behavior intervention plan. These plans are shared with parents and updated regularly by our 3 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).
We provide one-on-one therapy, so one Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is assigned to work with your child at a time and provides your child with his/her full attention.
We limit the number of young learners assigned to each BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) to ensure your child's treatment plan is closely monitored and updated as your child grows and develops more skills. Our low ratios also ensure that your child's therapy is closely supervised by his/her BCBA through direct observations during your child's ABA therapy sessions, and to provide individual weekly parent/family training.
Our young learners practice moving (transitioning) through many different therapy rooms throughout each day. Each therapy room is set up to provide an enriched environment that promotes your child's achievement of his/her goals. Your child will experience many individual and group activities each day that are also seen in a typical classroom/school setting (Ex. Circle Time).
All children have direct, one-on-one therapy administered by a Registered Behavior Technician and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at all times. We do not group multiple children together with one therapist; all "group" activities are completed with one therapist per child.
So let's see a typical day...
Children participate in ABA therapy Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We have an "after school" program Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for learners who are in school and come to Applied Behavior Therapy For Life to work on added language and social skills.
Sample daily schedule:
8:00 a.m. – Motor Room
8:15 a.m. – Language Room
8:45 a.m. – Construction Room
9:15 a.m. – Snack
9:30 a.m. – Gymboree Play and Music
10:00 a.m – Circle Time
10:30 a.m. – Speech Therapy
11:00 a.m. – Lunch
11:30 a.m. – Classroom/Art Room
11:45 a.m. – Adaptive Room
12:15 p.m. – Language Room
12:45 p.m. – Social Skills Room
1:15 p.m. – Snack
1:30 p.m. – Motor Room
1:45 p.m. – Play Room
2:15 p.m. – Classroom/Art Room
2:45 p.m. – Playground
3:00 p.m. – Parent Training
Our Staff Includes:
- Clinical Director (speech-language pathologist)
- Associate Clinic Director (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)
- Board Certified Behavior Analysts
- Clinical Psychologist
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Graduate intern students
- Registered Behavior Technicians
- Speech-Language Pathologist-Assistants (also hold RBT certifications)
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Training:
All Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are required to complete a certification-training program, pass the national RBT certification exam and competency assessment, receive initial direct and indirect ABA training by our clinical staff, and pass a comprehensive (both written and practical) performance evaluation prior to working alone with our young learners.
RBTs receive a minimum of 2 hours of direct supervision while working with our young learners each week and attend on-going trainings monthly.
How do we begin at Applied Behavior Therapy for Life?
- First, we want your family to meet our team, see our learning center, and become familiarized with our admissions process. We want to give you lots of information about what we do and for you to see us in action.
- Second, we meet with the parents/guardians to discuss expectations (both yours and ours) and general policy and procedure agreements.
- Third, your child will be authorized by your insurance company for an initial skills and behavior assessment that is done in our learning center.
- Fourth, your child will be evaluated by a BCBA and that BCBA will meet with the parents/guardians to complete the initial intake form. An individualized treatment plan and a behavior intervention plan, along with a caregiver-training plan will be reviewed and discussed with you. We want to be sure our families know and agree with their child's goals, how the targets are mastered, and what our expectations are for your child's success.
- 2 large motor rooms with an indoor playground and playground equipment
- Restrooms designed for toileting programs
- In-house speech therapy that is integrated with ABA therapy
- Evaluation room with one-way window
- Large dining room
- Social Skills room
- Adaptive room
- Weekly Gymboree classes (https://www.gymboreeclasses.com/en/why-gymboree/)
We have an integrated approach to learning and a multi-skilled team:
- Our speech-language pathologists are also trained registered behavior technicians.
- We incorporate speech, language and behavior goals into the ABA program curriculum. We use Links To Language program along with The Hanen Centre's It Takes Two To Talk which is an intensive approach to learning language. We use Orton-Gillingham for our reading and writing programs.
- For families coping with difficult behaviors in the home or school, our program focuses on increasing appropriate and preferred behaviors in your child while decreasing inappropriate and problem behaviors your child may be doing.
- We use Links To Language, Orton-Gillingham and It The Hanen Centre's It Takes Two To Talk approaches to our Applied Behavior Analysis! Our staff is trained to do this!
Perri Palermo Director
Perri K. Palermo, M.A.,CCC-SLP, is the Director of Speech For Life Therapy Center, P.C. Perri graduated from Wayne State University with a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders in 1999. Perri has been practicing speech and language pathology with all age groups and in a variety of settings, including school based, acute care/hospital based, skilled nursing rehabilitation, home health, Early Childhood Intervention and private practice. Perri has vast experience with Autism Spectrum Disorders and has an avid interest in providing speech/language intervention to the Autism Spectrum population. She has received training in LINKS to Language, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS). Perri also has a child of her own who has Autism.
Perri realizes that having a fully integrated type of clinical program which includes Applied Verbal Behavior WITH strong speech/language learning techniques is the “link” to generalize and connect the social and functional aspects of verbal communication and make it useful in real life...our child's natural environment. Natural environment is where our children's independence, peer relationships, play skills, confidence and self-esteem form.
She is licensed to practice in Texas and has a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Houston Association for Communication Disorders.
“Since every child is different, I thoroughly believe in a specialized approach to every child’s treatment plan, ongoing management and direction of that treatment plan. You, the parent, should always know what your child’s goals are and should always know how your child is progressing. I believe in keeping close contact with my families.”
About Our Leaders
Assistant Clinical Director
Our assistant clinical director earned a bachelor degree in Psychology with a special interest in child psychology. She has been an applied behavior therapist for over 6 years and is currently fulfilling the requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst Master's degree. She has extensive experience in working with Autism from ages 2 to 21 years old.
Assistant Clinical Director
Our assistant clinical director earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Trinity University and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of South Florida. She is a verbal behavior therapist as well. She assists in integrating our Links to Language program into the applied behavior curriculum as well as directly treats patients.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will develop your child's plan of care, manages your child's therapy through DIRECT supervision and updates and maintains your child's program. Along with our BCBA, our clinical psychologist and clinical director are directly involved in your child's learning program.
Our clinical psychologist supervises your child's treatment plan and is intimately involved with your child's progress and therapeutic plan of care. He is an excellent resource for our families. Our clinical psychologist understands the basic psychological needs of children and how their families and other social contexts influence emotional adjustment, cognitive development, behavioral adaptation and overall health status of children.
Our clinical psychologist also assesses, diagnoses cognitive, academic, mental and other behavior problems. Neuropsychological and psych educational testing is an essential starting point to directing the most effective and appropriate treatment approach for your child. The earlier your child is tested and diagnosed, the sooner your child's progress can be seen and his/her future broadened.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts
Your child's treatment is directly supervised and all treatment planning is done by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Our BCBA determines goals and oversees your child's treatment plan throughout. She works closely with our founder and clinical director, who is a speech-language pathologist and together with our clinical psychologist.