In partnership with families, we developed and implemented one of the first integrated adult residential and day programs in New York State which uses an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model. Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. ABA is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
As a result of using this ABA residential and day model, we have seen great strides and improvement in the adults with ASD entrusted to our care. These young adults with ASD continue to make breakthroughs such as learning to express themselves in full sentences with an iPad, learning employment skills to work in the community, and learning daily living skills to become more independent in the supported homes managed by CMCS in which they live.
This ABA technique is funded entirely through private donations and demonstrates the kind of innovation that is possible when private funding partnerships are secured and leveraged. The success of the ABA treatment program has resulted in incorporating this treatment model throughout our services for persons with developmental disabilities.