A new behavioral analysis service applied to Lafayette helps people with autism

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Touchstone Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a new resource from Lafayette that helps people with autism, learning differences or behavior problems.

It is a service that becomes practical and personal with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder is unique to each individual diagnosed, which is why Touchstone ABA has a licensed Behavior Analysis that uses individualized models to meet specific needs.

Touchstone is comprised of certified staff who provide research-driven behavior analysis services. Although touchstone is not a school, it does apply an Enrollment Model – Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Enrollment Model (CABAS®) – which is designed to be applied to any organization or system.

Staff teach clients how to develop important tactics or behaviors that can improve their quality of life. Danica Savioe, a licensed behavioral analysis, said they meet with the client several times to learn any prerequisite skills they may need.

She also mentioned the use of role models to help children on the spectrum identify and deal with bullying in school. “A specific behavior can be someone yelling at them or hurting them, or saying a word that is inappropriate,” she said. “We teach our clients what to do when these words are said or when these behaviors are over and who to talk to,” said Savioe.

The clinical services office is located at the Opportunity Machine in Lafayette. They are now accepting new clients. Anyone interested can call for services at 985-446-6833

Other locations include; Houma, Hammond, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.


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