Our Directors and Staff
Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D., Director of Child & Adolescent Services has been working with children within the autism spectrum and related disabilities in the field of ABA for over ten years. Dr. Hughes has developed specific curriculums focused on increasing children’s natural use of language, social and play skills. In addition to directing and implementing behavioral programs, she also has extensive experience training others in the implementation and design of comprehensive behavioral programs.
Most IABA Child & Adolescent Services Managers have a Master’s degree in psychology, education, behavior analysis, or a related field. Additionally, most of our management staff possess the BCBA certification. We are proud to say that many of our service staff also have advanced degrees or are pursuing graduate level educations. All of our staff are highly trained, and receive ongoing clinical supervision in order to provide the highest quality treatment to your child.
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16-Hour Parent Training
Our Director of Child & Adolescent Services Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D., and our Managers personally facilitate all Parent Training Workshop classes. During these classes, you will have the opportunity to meet our Case Managers, as they lecture on various topics related to positive behavioral parenting interventions. Our Parent Training Workshops are designed to help you better understand your child’s behavior and learn to use various positive and supportive parenting techniques. As part of the Parent Training Workshop, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your child’s behavior or development.
Our workshops are individualized to meet the specific needs of families attending the group. The size of our classes is kept small in order to give you the most personalized experience possible. This small setting allows families to get to know one another, and enables our class leaders to tailor the material so that it is relevant to your child and your family. Our goal is to make learning the information both enjoyable and beneficial, so that you can begin using techniques with your child right after the first session!
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Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (Intensive ABA)
Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (Intensive ABA) is an intervention used for children who display challenging behaviors that interfere with their daily lives. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field of psychology based on the theory that our environment impacts our behavior. In other words, every behavior that we exhibit has a good reason for occurring. If we can understand those reasons, we can shape and change behaviors. By understanding the ways that the environment and behavior are related, we can decrease the presence of challenging behaviors while simultaneously teaching appropriate skills.
At IABA, our goal is to assist your child to develop self-monitoring skills and self-control over challenging behaviors, so that she or he will be able to participate in the least restrictive environments. Consistent with IABA philosophy, this service does not employ strategies that might be described as aversive or punishing. As with all of our services, parent participation is a key factor and we will work collaboratively with your family to design interventions that are most beneficial to your unique needs.
· Early Intensive Behavior Intervention
· Discrete Trial Training: Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is an intervention used with young children with Autistic Disorder. DTT applies basic behavioral principles to instructional tasks. In DTT, complex skills are broken down into simple steps. Each of these steps is learned before the skill is made any more complicated. A three-part teaching unit, consisting of an instruction, a response, and feedback about the response is utilized to maximize learning and reduce frustration. This process assists children to retain the skills they have previously learned, by having each new concept build upon previously learned skills.
Parents are often concerned that DTT services for their child will be unnecessarily repetitive and “boring.” Though a certain amount of repetition is required for all of us to learn, DTT does not have to be boring! At IABA, we incorporate DTT teaching methodologies into play and social situations, so that your child can benefit from this effective behavioral teaching style in a naturalistic setting. As with all of our services, parent participation is a key factor and we will work collaboratively with your family to design interventions that are most beneficial to your unique needs.
· Pivotal Response Training: Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is used to teach behaviors that are central to broad areas of functioning. Rather than target specific behaviors one at a time, PRT focuses on “pivotal” behaviors that can lead to improvements in other areas of behavior. A strength of pivotal response training is enhanced motivation. Children with autism typically lack the motivation to learn new tasks and participate in their social environment, which may be observed as temper tantrums, crying, fidgeting, staring, noncompliance, inattention or lethargy. PRT targets motivation by encouraging the child to respond to increasing expectations related to communication and socialization, using methods such as turn-taking, child choice, modeling, shaping, and direct reinforcement. The child plays a central role in determining what activities and objects will be used during a PRT session.
· Natural Environment
· Play-based Intervention: We believe it’s important to go beyond typical discrete trial methods as the child builds a larger repertoire of communication skills. Play-based ABA approaches gradually expand sessions into more unstructured formats, which help prevent rote responses and allow a child to apply new skills to a range of activities, individuals and situations.
· Social skills training
· Psycho therapy and
· Psycho educational assessments.
· Individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy
· Substance abuse
· School behavior problems
· Functional Behavior Assessment
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Adaptive Skills Training
Adaptive Skills Training (AST) intervention is used for children who need assistance in learning skills that are necessary for daily functioning. These can include self-help, communication, social, and community safety skills. AST is a service that can benefit children of all ages.
Our AST programs use teaching techniques based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). With this structured teaching methodology, complex skills are broken down into smaller parts, which reduces frustration and increases learning. All skills are taught in a functional setting to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment plan. As with all of our services, parent participation is a key factor and we will work collaboratively with your family to design interventions that are most beneficial to your unique needs.
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Behavioral Respite Services
Behavioral Respite Service (BRS) provides behaviorally trained supervision for children with developmental disabilities. In BRS, our objective is to provide opportunities for families to lead typical lives, and integrate children into community, recreational, social, and cultural events and activities. We assist the child and family by providing additional support in those settings
The BRS philosophy supports an inclusion model. We believe that all children should be able to live in the least restrictive environment and participate in the same activities as other children their age. Services should occur within the natural setting, and goals should be consistent with the changing needs of the child and their family.
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IABA - CAS Services Locations
Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D.
Director of Youth Services
(818) 881-1933 • firstname.lastname@example.org
For Intake & Referrals Contact:
Los Angeles Office
5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 675, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Orange County Office
2333 N. Broadway, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92706
North Los Angeles Office
9221 Corbin Ave., Suite 130, Northridge, CA 91324
Ventura County Office
2301 E. Daily Drive, Suite 201, Camarillo, CA 93010)
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