ABA & Positive Supports Community
As we seek to best serve our clients on the autism spectrum, as well as those with various other intellectual disabilities, Holy Angels follows a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments, called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We have established a “Positive Supports Community”, in which we utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to enhance services for our clients.
Mary O’Neal, Director of Resident Services, and our case managers have taken the lead in these advancements and have secured advanced certifications in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training. Our team has implemented a “token economy system”, by which positive behavior is rewarded by “tokens” that are referred to as “Angel Bucks”. A token economy is based on the idea of operant conditioning and follow ABA principles.
Registered Behavior Technicians
Holy Angels is the first organization in Louisiana to certify Direct Service Workers as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). More than 40 staff members have been trained utilizing the Registered Behavior Technician Task List from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and 15 staff members are Board Certified Registered Behavior Technicians. We are pleased to have a partnership with the Autism and Behavior Analysis Research Institute of the Louisiana Tech University College of Education to oversee our advancements in this area.
This training has been provided through Holy Angels’ AngelUniversity program and applies not only to clients on the autism spectrum, but to all whom we serve.
ABA for Autism Satellite Clinic
In 2015, we welcomed a team from ABA for Autism which established a clinic that specializes in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children and adults in the Shreveport-Bossier community. The team, based out of Monroe, LA, holds office hours at Holy Angels five days/week in order to serve those in our community who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, bipolar disorder, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.