Adaptive skills training is a “less intensive” program designed to enhance the individual’s overall quality of life. Individual’s age 3 to adult are able to access these services. The principles and procedures for analyzing and changing behavior (ABA) are used to target the following skill areas: functional academics, self-help skills, safety skills, community access, communication, social skills, job prerequisites, and self-management. An assessment is conducted using an adapted functional behavior assessment. Once the assessment is completed, a report is composed then submitted to the funding source (regional center). The assessment report will provide an overview of the individual’s skill deficits, targeted goals, and behavior change procedures that will drive program development and implementation. All programs are structured to record quantitative and qualitative data, which are used to drive the decision making process. Skills are taught in the home and community environments.
Program monitoring is performed in the same environment the service is provided. The Clinical Program Coordinator will monitor data to decide the course of treatment, provide feedback to the Instructors, and train continuity of care with the parents/caretakers. All programs are implemented by PAL Instructor’s who all receive an initial training on the principles and procedures for analyzing and changing behavior, in addition to, a program specific training prior to starting adaptive skills programing with a child (adult). PAL recommends parent involvement if the individual is conserved or under the age of 18 years old. Parents will be taught how to manage and maintain their child’s skills when the programming has been completed.
To access PAL’s adaptive skills training program, contact your regional center service coordinator. We currently serve individuals from Santa Barbara County through North Los Angeles County.