Autism Outreach Services

Autism Outreach Services

Individualized home-based services to promote independence and enhance quality of life

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Berkshire County Arc’s Autism Outreach Services Program offers insurance reimbursed home‐-based services for children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The AOS Program utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the delivery of services. ABA is the science of behavior change. Research indicates ABA is the most effective way to increase skill acquisition and promote learning.  

The SKILLS Assessment tool SKILLS for Professionals® provides BCBAs and other professionals with everything they need to design and manage customized treatment plans for children with ASD.

 

Why AOS?

In parternship with families, Berkshire County Arc’s Autism Outreach Services provide clinical supports for children and adults diagnosed with ASD. The program works to increase skills, promote independence, and enhance quality of life.  Our team of experienced clinicians with diverse expertise in the fields of ABA and ASD are dedicated to the progress and growth of each client we serve.

Treatment and Assessment

Our services include assessments, treatment planning, consultation, and trainings.

Assessment
• SKILLS Assessment
• Functional Behavior Assessment
• Leisure and Play
• Individual Preferences and Reinforcement

Treatment Planning
• Functional Communication Training
• The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
• Social Skills Training
• Establishing Schedules and Routines
• Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)
• Behavior Intervention Plans

Personnel Certifications

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
The BCBA oversees assessments, treatment plans, and program trainings.

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)
The BCaBA provides clinical and case management support, oversight, and training of the RBT under the supervision of the BCBA.

Behavior Technicians and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs)
The Behavior Technician is responsible for implementing the treatment plan and recording data under the supervision of the BCBA and BCaBA.

Our Team

Aimee Erskine, MS.Ed., BCBA, LABA, is a board certified behavior analyst with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.  Aimee is currently an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (North Adams, Mass) and teaches courses in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has over 28 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities working with children and adults. 

Aimee’s interests in behavioral analysis expand to include criminology, addiction, health and weight issues and brain injury.

B.S. Psychology, SUNY New Paltz
M.S. Ed., Behavioral Education, Simmons College

 

Sopheap Nhim is the Behavior Specialist Supervisor at Berkshire County Arc. In this role, she oversees behavior specialists. The clinical department also conducts agency-wide training in positive behavior support and applied non-violence.

She is a licensed Speech and Language Assistant, is trained in the Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), and is also a citizen advocate and youth mentor.  As a human rights advocate, she sits on the human rights committee for Berkshire County Arc. Sopheap is currently accruing hours under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) towards certification. She has over 20 years’ experience working with individual’s with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other learning differences.

B.S. Communications Disorders, The University of Massachusetts
M.S. Autism Spectrum Disorders, The Elms College

Rebecca Cachat has been at Berkshire County Arc as a Behavior Specialist since 2012. As a Behavior Specialist she conducts assessments, designs behavior plans, and provides staff training.  She also volunteers as a citizen advocate.  Rebecca has nearly 15 years of experience in the areas of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis.  She has worked in elementary special education and as a behavior analyst technician at Providence’s Merry Meeting Center for Child Development in Maine.  She has specialized training in Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and sexuality education.  Rebecca is currently working on a Masters of Education in Autism and Behavior Analysis at Cambridge College.  She is currently accruing hours under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) towards certification.

B.A. Psychology, Hartwick College

 

 

 

Contact Us
2 South Street, Suite 370
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-464-8000 EXT 19

Payment
We accept most major insurance plans

Download our brochure

Autism Outreach Services General Interest Sheet

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