Elevation Ability Services uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in implementing treatment plans and educational goals for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Our treatment team is comprised of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Educators, and Registered Behavior Technicians.
Elevation Ability Services (EAS) is a business that encompasses an Early Intervention clinic, a facility school/day treatment program and behavioral consultive services. EAS was founded in 2015 and is located on the southeast side of the Denver metro area. EAS offers a variety of comprehensive programs to meet children’s individual needs. Within all of Elevation’s programs is a fundamental belief system that all children can learn and deserve the most compassionate and ethical care. At EAS we specialize in the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA can broadly be described as the science of learning.
Principles of ABA
Principles of ABA (like reinforcement) explain how individuals learn behaviors. Behaviors are anything a person does that is observable to another person. This can be adaptive behaviors like tying your shoes or problem behaviors like aggression. Behaviors are a form of communication, and our job is to listen and learn what those behaviors are telling us. Then by using the principles of ABA, we can teach desired adaptive skills to help learners communicate their wants and needs and meet their highest potential.
At EAS we highly value collaboration with families, as this collaborative relationship can yield the most positive and desired outcomes for the children we are privileged to serve. Within all our programs, the first step in our process, is to learn directly from the family and build rapport. In trusting us with the opportunity to support your child and family, is a responsibility we take very seriously.
PFA & SBT
Practical Functional Assessments (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) is a process derived from the evidence-based principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is one of the primary methods of assessment and treatment at EAS to address moderate to severe problem behavior. The PFA process first starts with informed interviews with key stakeholders in the child’s life, followed by a functional analysis. A functional analysis is the most accurate way to understand problem behavior and develop treatments based upon the results of the functional analysis.
Practical Functional Assessments and Skill-Based Treatment
SBT emphasizes treating problem behavior in a way that prioritizes the safety and dignity of all participants while creating strong relationships built on trust and compassion. The SBT process involves teaching a series of skills that, once learned, replace problem behavior. These skills are: (1) communication, (2) tolerating disappointment, (3) complying with directions from adults, and (4) how to handle unexpected challenges. We teach learners how to manage and cope in chaos/life real scenarios. If they can succeed in those conditions, they can succeed anywhere. To learn more about SBT please use this link:
Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) is a criterion-referenced assessment and curriculum guide based on B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. The VB-MAPP assessment works to identify developmentally appropriate skills to target in treatment, a system to track the acquisition of these skills and supports for planning for transitions in areas such as educational placements. The VB-MAPP outlines 3 developmental levels (birth-48 months) and assess skills within the following areas: Mand (requesting items, activity, help), Tact (labeling items), echoic (repeating spoken sounds), Listener Responding (Following instructions, receptive identification), Visual Perception/ Match-to-Sample (Matching, sorting, puzzles), Imitation (Gross motor imitation, imitation with objects), play (toy play, cause and effect play, pretend play), social (Social initiations and responses), Listener Responding by Feature, Function, & Class (elect items from an array when given information about the items features, functions, or category), Intraverbal (Conversation skills, answering “W” questions), Group & Classroom Skills (Follows classroom routines, learns in group setting), and early academics (Letter identification, word to picture matching, copy letters, write name, Number identification, number to quantity matching). To learn more about VB-MAPP please use this link https://marksundberg.com/vb-mapp/
Essentials For Living (EFL)
Essentials For Living (EFL) is an evidenced-based comprehensive life skills assessment and curriculum with strong social validity measures. EFL is used to determine the most important skills to target with a learner so they gain the lifelong skills that will help them meet their full potential. EFL supports the development of a variety of skills such as: expressing needs and wants, waiting, accepting “no”, transitioning, responding as a listener and safety skills. Utilization of this assessment and curriculum allows for individualized treatment programming and support focusing on the most important skills for the learner. To learn more about EFL please use this link https://essentialforliving.com/efl/