Now serving children in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Contra Costa Counties, FirstSteps is committed to quality treatment for all children. As such, FirstSteps offers a range of direct and consultative services, including:
Program Design, Consultation, & Supervision
Your Program Director will review your child’s unique repertoire of deficits and skills and design an individualized treatment plan. Program Directors ensure your child’s program is effective by conducting bi-weekly Team Meetings, regularly reviewing progress via inspection of your child’s program data and graphs, observing current Instructional Programs, and conducting parent and Instructor training. Further, your Program Director will work with you and your IEP / IFSP team to develop and track appropriate treatment goals.
Home-Based ABA Intervention
Highly trained and caring Instructors are assigned to teach your child new skills and implement behavior intervention plans in home-based programs. Intensity is determined by each child's needs and goals.
School-Based ABA Intervention
If school-performance is a focus, Instructors may attend school with your child. While "shadowing" your child, Instructors may serve as a liaison between your child, peers, and teachers, while implementing prompts, reinforcers, and behavior intervention plans to increase both socialization and educational performance.
Because the success of any intervention program is based on its utility in the natural environment, FirstSteps places particular emphasis on parent involvement. Parent training is included as part of each intensive home-based program, but parent training may also be accessed as an independent service using a consultative model. Parent training generally includes training in ABA theory and practical application, including how to teach new skills and address problem behaviors. Recommended interventions and short-term goals are also given, with support and feedback for achieving each family's goals.
Consultation & Training With School Personnel
FirstSteps Program Directors can provide either formal training or consultation services to the staff at your child's school.
For those families living outside of California, we are happy to offer services utilizing a workshop model. Workshop services are similar to local services, including assessment, program design, consultation, and parent training, however, families independently hire their own Instructors. A FirstSteps Program Director will travel to you quarterly, design an individualized program for your child, and train your staff to implement the program. Your program will be maintained and updated via regular visits, video reviews, phone consultations, and email correspondence.
At FirstSteps, we're passionate about our kids and their futures, and are excited to reach out to local organizations, funding agencies, charities, universities, and the community at large, to provide effective treatment and heart-felt support to families affected by the challenges of Autism. Our well-educated team, full of career-minded individuals, continues to grow in strides. As a result, we are considering expansion into underserved regions across the country. Currently, our three service areas include Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Contra Costa County.
In Southern California, our Los Angeles County office services the South Bay and nearby areas, including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Downey, and Orange County, while our Ventura County location serves Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, and more.
Due to the need for effective intervention treatments in Northern California, we've recently opened up a clinical office in Walnut Creek. We're proud to now serve deserving families in the Contra Costa County and surrounding areas.