Overview

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of behavioral principles to achieve performance that is socially significant.  ABA looks for functional relationship between one’s behaviors and his or her environment. Data is collected on what increases, decreases, or maintains the one’s performance. The data is analyzed and a individualized ABA treatment program is developed. As the child’s treatment progresses, data is collected and analyzed again to determine treatment effectiveness. The goal is to help individuals learn more functional skills that can replace undesirable behaviors and improve quality of life. ACM seeks to produce significant results, enabling individuals to adapt to their environment thus preparing them for a brighter future.

In addition, the methods of ABA are applied by breaking down skills into simple steps and teaching each step in succession. Skills are taught with the use of scientifically validated teaching procedures. The goal is to increase desirable behaviors and reduce behaviors that interfere with a child or adult’s ability to learn. ABA based intervention is recognized in the National Standards Project for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD. ABA uses a set of principles upon which educational programs are based.

 

How Does ABA Work?

Behavior Technicians (BTs) provide individual behavior therapy in the child’s home, at the (upcoming) clinic, or shadowing at the child’s school, in coordination with school administrators. Our BTs received comprehensive training in behavioral theory, reinforcement, the application of discrete trial training, the nuances of prompting and fading prompts, behavior management, generalization, maintenance of acquired skills, and interactive play with peer groups and social development. In addition, continuous refresher training courses and research on new techniques shall be provided to BTs so that they are able to maintain a desired level of quality of service.

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Autism Centers of Michigan offers the highest quality of intensive, evidence-based behavioral treatment for children with autism spectrum and related disorders. ACM provides applied behavior analysis services to children and their families in their homes, in ACM clinics and school-sponsored programs throughout Michigan.

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Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by Autism.

Autism Centers of Michigan

Behavioral

Behavioral

Our team is dedicated to evidence based treatment. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts create individual treatment plans based on current research. Our BCBAs determine treatment effectiveness based on data. Over time, treatment goals and the methods used to achieve these goals are refined to maximize effectiveness.

Education

Education

At the Autism Centers of Michigan we understand the desire of parents and caregivers to see their child succeed in a mainstream classroom with his or her peers. We are committed to not only teaching our clients academic skills, but life and social skills as well. We believe it is important to collaborate with parents, caregivers, teachers and other support members in our clients’ lives to ensure that they excel in every area.

Support

Support

We offer support for families that are affected by a loved one’s problem behavior. Problem behavior may range from a mild temper tantrum to severe destructive and aggressive behavior. The Autism Centers of Michigan uses a Functional Analysis of Problem Behavior to determine how to address the concern while teaching your loved one an appropriate alternative behavior.

Treatment

Treatment

Our treatments are individualized and our services are delivered one-on-one to ensure that our clients reach their full potential. All of our treatment plans are developed and overseen by Board Certified Behavior Analysts that have extensive experience delivering and overseeing ABA services. All of our services use current evidence-based programs proven to be effective in the research literature. For a more comprehensive look at what programs we offer please refer to our services page.

Regional Treatment Centers

Traverse City Center
1363 Douglas Drive Suite 104
Traverse City, MI 49696
Phone: 231-668-4909

Grand Rapids Center
5366 Eastern Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
Phone: 616-608-3665

Administrative Office
1363 Douglas Drive Suite 104
Traverse City, MI 49696
Phone: 231-668-4909

Lansing Center
3887 Okemos Rd. Ste. A1
Okemos, MI 48864
Phone: 517-992-5333

Saginaw Center
5815 Bay Rd. Ste. 600
Saginaw, MI 48604
Phone: 989-941-3730

Central Fax
231-943-1334

Company Updates

June, 2016
Autism Centers of Michigan is pleased to announce the opening of our Grand Rapids Clinical Center on June 5th, 2017.
February, 2016
Autism Centers of Michigan is Going Green with Consumers Energy! The Saginaw center installed LED lighting throughout the offices. Not only is this good for the environment but it is improving patient care for clients sensitive to visual stimuli.

We are dedicated to serving Autism Communities across the Great State of Michigan and improving the lives of our clients.  We look forward to working with each of you and bringing you the best individualized services in the community!