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The Language and Learning Center (LLC) employs an innovative team of professionals with a broad spectrum of skills. We value a collaborative approach to make the best decisions and recommendations for the member.

As part of Touchstone’s mission, our team supports members and their families by teaching functional skills needed to promote independence.  Our Language & Learning Center provides a strength-based treatment plan to the member and their family to identify areas for intervention across the developmental domains. As members of the Child and Family Team (CFT), LLC clinicians collaborate with all participants to create an informed, cohesive care plan. Our clinical teams are led by Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®).

Our Approach

At Touchstone, we utilize the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This approach utilizes the principles of reinforcement to teach new skills. ABA therapy is an intensive program that targets identified skill deficits. It has been identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics® and the National Autism Center (NAC®)as an evidence-based therapy for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA is also beneficial for typically developing individuals and individuals with diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Downs Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities across the lifespan. At Touchstone, we work with ages 0-17 years and are inclusive of all types of development. 

Getting Started

Assessment

Our Intake Specialists and Care Coordinators will work with you through the referral process. At the onset of services, your clinician will conduct a comprehensive assessment with your child to identify areas of need and significant problem behaviors. The assessment also considers the culture and needs of the family, in addition to the needs of the child. Included in the assessment process are parent interviews, discussion with our team members, review of previous services, and curriculum-based assessments such as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills– Revised (ABLLS-R).

Treatment Planning

Based on the results of the assessments, your clinical team will create an individualized treatment plan for your child and will be used in ABA therapy sessions. ABA therapy can occur in either the member’s home or on-site, depending on clinical recommendations and the individual needs of the member. In general, therapy will be prescribed for 5-25 hours per week as indicated by the clinical assessment.

Skills we may address in therapy

  • Attending
  • Imitation
  • Expressing wants and needs
  • Identifying items in the home or community (e.g. household items, toys, items in a store)
  • Conversational Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Organizing
  • Forming ideas
  • Developing and maintaining friendships
  • Play skills
  • Interacting with family
  • Relationship building
  • Participating in teams
  • Perception and Social Context (e.g.: empathy, emotions, inferring)
  • Letter and number identification
  • Counting
  • Reading readiness (Phonics, fluency)
  • Money
  • Vocabulary
  • Toilet training
  • Brushing teeth
  • Getting dressed
  • Morning and night-time routines
  • Transitions
  • Community outings (e.g.: using the bus, buying groceries, dining out)

Parent Involvement in ABA Therapy

In order to make the greatest gains, parents should have active involvement throughout the ABA therapy sessions. Parents will receive extensive training on implementing program goals and other behavior analytic recommendations. Our team also provides resources and tools for long-term success (e.g. tips for future teachers, using skills in different environments).

Outcomes

Outcomes are measured on a regular basis to ensure the member is receiving the most effective ABA therapy. Our clinicians conduct a full assessment every 6 months to quantify the member’s progress on a larger scale. Progress is shared with the family after sessions, during CFT meetings, and written in the progress reports. In addition, the treatment plan is programmed for generalization of skills to multiple settings.

What Sets Us Apart?

At Touchstone Health Services, our therapeutic approach is centered on interventions established by the National Autism Center. NAC evaluates current practices in order to determine which are the most effective. While this specific report discusses ABA therapy for children with autism, the results can be generalized to many other children with learning needs. You may also review the National Autism Center’s National Standards Report.

We also offer these unique opportunities:

  • Partnerships with other Centers of Excellence

  • Collaboration with highly-trained individuals in the field of ABA

  • Access to an integrated system of care with coordination by individuals that specialize in ASD

  • Consultation with the Complex Behavior Department at Touchstone. Complex Behavior provides support to families and individuals who engage in challenging behavior.