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Center-Based ABA Therapy
Evoke Behavioral Health's Center-Based ABA program serves children in Colorado diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities. The program utilizes the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the power of positive reinforcement to help build important skills and decrease challenging behavior. Within our ABA program, the staff to client ratio is 2:1 up to 1:4, depending on the individualized needs of each child.
Our ABA programs target specific skills to develop with your child that will serve as building blocks for their success as they age and grow. Communication, learner readiness, self-help, executive functioning, social and play skills are all an integral part of the program and critical for each child's development.
Evoke's center-based ABA program offers schedules appropriate for each child's individual therapeutic needs and their family's busy schedule. Our center serves school-aged children and all learning areas are grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate socialization. Starting August 2021, our South Denver Center (E. Evans Ave.) will serve children ages 0-12, and our North Denver Center (Irving St.) will serve children ages 8-18.
Severe Behavior Treatment Program
The Severe Behavior Treatment Program (SBTP) is designed for children ages 8-18 diagnosed with I/DD and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder with complex behavioral needs. This program serves those who are at risk of residential or inpatient treatment and those transitioning out of these environments.
In the SBTP, staffing ratios are 2:1 or 1:1, depending on the needs of the child. We focus first on reducing dangerous or severe challenging behavior and then on teaching the appropriate replacement skills to allow the individuals served to remain safe in their home and community.
The families of SBTP participants are required to participate in intensive and structured family training to ensure that all effective interventions are truly generalizing to the home environment. The multidisciplinary staff working in this program are specifically trained to manage severe challenging behavior safely, as well as teach the functional and age-appropriate life skills that foster the most independence possible. Participants' community providers (other therapists, respite care workers, teachers, etc.) may also be a part of this training and generalization process.
This program will be in Evoke Behavioral Health's newest center opening in September 2021, located in the Highlands neighborhood of North Denver.
Early Start Autism Program
Evoke Behavioral Health's Early Start Autism Program serves children ages 2-6 years old who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or a related Developmental Disability. Our ESA Program is play-based and individualized while remaining data-based and effective. Staff ratios are 1:1 throughout the day, and both full-day options and half-day options are available based on the child's specific needs.
In our ESA Program, your child will work on the essential skills needed to connect and communicate with those around them. These skills include Functional Communication (using choice boards and picture icons to communicate their needs, responding to his or her name, babbling, words and language development, responding to age-appropriate instructions), Social Skills (learning play routines and expanding interests, sitting in a group for circle time routines, interacting with same-aged peers), and self-regulation (calming and coping strategies, learning appropriate replacement behaviors for challenging behavior, knowing when and how to take a break).
When parents first hear that their child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, they may feel lost, confused, relieved, upset, or a combination of all of the above. Evoke Behavioral Health can help parents connect with a support system as well as help families navigate through the endless options of services, insurance, waivers, schools, and the like. Research shows that intensive early intervention services provide the best chance of prolonged success and independence later in life for young children diagnosed with, or at risk of, Autism Spectrum Disorder. We're here to walk you through that process when you're ready.
Independent Educational Evaluations
An Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) is a type of private evaluation conducted by a third-party professional in a child's current educational setting (public school, private school, home school). The state of Colorado defines an IEE as, "an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the public agency responsible for the education of the child in question." (34 C.F.R. 300.502(a)(3)(i)). An IEE can be requested by a parent or caregiver at any time to help caregivers know more about their child's needs in an educational setting regarding academics, behavior, social-emotional, cognitive, and sensory needs.
Evoke Behavioral Health's team of Board-Certified Behavior Analysts will conduct a full evaluation that may include (but is not limited to): Observation(s) in the home and school setting, interviews with parents, caregivers, educators, and other service providers, formal assessments, and records reviews of previous or current documentation. The Caregiver requesting the Evaluation will receive a report including a summary of current needs, services, and achievements, as well as recommendations for future success.
Parenting children with unique needs doesn't come with a handbook! Evoke Behavioral Health offers parent training personalized to your family's needs and values. This course includes (but is not limited to):
Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): why and how it works.
From Hectic House to Happy Home: helping you find long term, effective solutions to challenging behavior in the home setting.
To Costco or Not to Costco?: Addressing challenging behaviors in the community, grocery store, doctors' office, and more.
Enhance your Environment: free resources, visual guides, charts and graphics that promote independence and communication throughout your child's life.
The Village: Helping you identify everything from service providers and educational supports to date-night babysitters and special-needs friendly employers to build your army of resources.
Evoke Behavioral Health is licensed by the State of Colorado as a Day Treatment Center. This means that we can formally provide your child's educational services in-center, adjacent to their center-based ABA services. Day Treatment enrollment requires that your child's IEP team has determined that a Separate School placement will best fit their needs.
Children who are enrolled in Day Treatment at Evoke Behavioral Health may be placed by their school district if that child is not able to receive the support needed for success within their neighborhood school classroom. We are also able to support and supplement Home Schooling curricula for students who are currently homeschooled.
We utilize a variety of data-based curricula to create an educational plan that is tailored to fit your child's needs. The academic areas we prioritize include (but are not limited to) functional communication, group participation skills, independent work, math, reading, technology, and problem-solving.
Well-rounded social skills play an integral role in the independence, social relationships, and long-term confidence of your child. Evoke Behavioral Health structures social skills groups by age, interests, and abilities, to ensure that your child has similar peers to learn and connect with. We offer Social Skills groups for ages 8-12 three times per year in a 12-week class.
Social skills groups are 2-hours long and held in the late afternoon, twice per week per age-group, at the Evoke-South Denver Center. Groups are staffed at a 1:4 ratio and require your child to have the skills necessary to be safe and participate in a small group setting without 1:1 assistance.
We use evidence-based social skills curricula such as UCLA PEERS, Socially Savvy, and the Social Skills Improvement System Rating Scales (SSIS). Skill areas focused on include: Conversation skills, sharing and expanding interests, body language, self-awareness, community participation and safety, self-management, friendships, and family relationships.
Private pay and health insurance funding options available.
* Due to COVID-19, social skills groups will be limited to no more than 8 participants per group. Children and staff are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth for the duration of the social skills group. Telehealth services are also currently available.*
School Training & Consultation
Evoke Behavioral Health provides current evidence-based training for Colorado school districts and individual programs within those districts. Our training programs provide a useful toolbox of skills for teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals who work with complex learners.
Training services include:
Classroom Behavior Management
Applied Behavior Analysis in a school and group setting
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) writing
Behavior Intervention Plan writing
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training
Evoke Behavioral Health also offers services and consultation directly to schools.
Direct services include:
FBA and Behavior Plan writing, review, and revisions
Individualized Educational Evaluations
Individual case consultation with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
At Evoke Behavioral Health we believe that quality services should be available to people all over Colorado, from Wellington to Trinidad, from the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains, and everywhere in between. One of the best ways to provide these quality services is to work together with each community's school district.