Rainbows United offers the most progressive, advanced therapies through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children ages 2-6 years old with an Autism diagnosis. ABA is a science that uses data and evidence-based practices to identify environmental variables affecting client behavior.
Rainbows services are tailored to the needs of each individual child and family. We create a program that addresses the unique abilities of the child and helps support their overall family life. We understand that children with Autism require a unique setting, one that is structured and designed to shut out the distractions that often stand in the way of learning and developing.
Rainbows’ ABA department currently has a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), an Autism Specialist, three behavior technicians and a Registered Behavior Technician. Our services include one-to-one therapy with a behavior technician to enhance the quality of life of our children and assist them in being as independent in life as possible. “Our biggest achievements are all of the small achievements,” said Blayke Dehlinger, Behavior Technician. “In our classroom we work on things that might not seem like a big deal to everyone but make a difference in the everyday lives of our children and their families. We work to help our children be as independent as possible. Every little victory of theirs is an important achievement for us.”
ABA therapy includes a focus on social skills, like saying “hello” and “thank you”, sharing with others and making friends; communication and daily living skills, like asking for and taking care of personal needs, brushing teeth, dressing themselves and combing their hair, with an emphasis on behavior reduction.
Jessica knew her son had autistic tendencies just after his first birthday. He lost eye-contact, his speech did not progress, and he would not eat. He began repetitive behaviors and did not meet developmental milestones like his older siblings. He acted as if other people around him did not exist. “When our son looked at his father and said, “I love you, Daddy,” it was a great day,” said Jessica. “It took prompting, but he was able to make eye contact and say the words to my husband. That was something we have looked forward to for a long time.”
Both our BCBA and Autism Specialist conduct assessments and ongoing training of staff and parents, as well as writing, implementing, and monitoring behavior plans. To determine and assure plans are written individually to meet each child’s needs, they provide assessments. Behavior technicians and supervisors collaborate to make sure goals are being updated frequently and run with fidelity.