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What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how is it implemented at Greystone Programs?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a systematic approach to impact socially significant behavior. Principals of learning and motivation are used to teach new skills or increase skills that will improve an individual’s quality of life. These same principals are used to decrease and eliminate problematic behaviors that impact an individual’s safety and help the individual to become an active part of their household and community. ABA is practical because it addresses how it’s possible to help an individual improve something in their daily life. ABA is data driven. Measurable goals are created in a variety of settings and decisions are made based on data.
ABA is most commonly associated with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is also implemented in general education, parent training, sports, substance abuse, feeding disorders, industrial safety and Organizational Business Management (OBM).
Greystone Programs uses the guiding principles of ABA to address behaviors that are socially significant to those we serve. This includes teaching new skills and assessing the functional relationship between a challenging behavior and the environment. Interventions are developed in order to change events and consequences that control a targeted behavior.
Can the use of technology be used to apply ABA techniques?
Greystone Programs continues to explore the use of technology across programs. Data collection for both functional skills and challenging behaviors are recorded using Therap. Augmentative communication and routines are being created and followed in two of our houses using an app called Routine Factory. We are currently exploring apps that use task analyses and record data in real time. The goal is for individuals to be able to use supports such as iPads independently and not have to rely on a caregiver. Milo, a robot that facilitates lessons in emotional regulation and social skills, helps create an environment where lessons are taught consistently and data is captured in real time.
Can you share an example of ABA therapy success?
We had an individual move into a Greystone residence who was aversive to using the shower or bathtub. Using shaping, chaining and positive reinforcement, this person learned to take a bath and eventually found it to be a preferred activity. Through staff reinforcement of this skill, the individual now voluntarily gets items ready for a bath.
There was another individual who did not want to participate in day program and most community activities. Through pairing, shaping, positive reinforcement and mand training, this person is now attending day program and community activities. With COVID-19, their newly founded routine was interrupted when day programs and community outings were put on hold. However, we are now using the same ABA principles to help this person transition back into their day program.
For more information about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), please contact:
Elizabeth Carino, M.S., BCBA, LBA
(845) 452-5772 Ext. 134
About Greystone Programs
Celebrating 41 years of excellence, Greystone Programs is dedicated to supporting children, adults and families living with autism and other developmental disabilities by enriching lives one person at a time. Established in 1979 by Marc W. Kelley, Greystone offered the first privately run residence in New York State for people living with autism. Today, Greystone offers exceptional services and life-enriching opportunities for more than 600 children, adults and families living with autism and developmental disabilities in five Hudson Valley counties. To learn more, visit https://greystoneprograms.org/ or follow the organization on social media.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has come at a tremendous cost to most. Through it all, Greystone adapts and continues to provide the quality services to those on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities entrusted to our care. However, there were costs to Greystone Programs that were not included in the 2020 budget. While our mission of providing quality services never wavered, the expenses continue. From the onset of the pandemic, our top priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of those we support and our employees, which requires unplanned expenses including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
This year our fundraising efforts are more important than ever with the financial strain of COVID-19, and lost revenue due to the New York State PAUSE order. With the uncertainty of our in-person fundraising events, we must rely on our Champions for Autism community like you to help bridge the gap.
We do not fundraise because it is fun, we do it because it matters. We do it each year because it changes the lives of those around us and gives individuals the support needed to meet their potential. It is about expanding each person’s opportunities and providing the resources needed to live robust and fulfilling lives. And this year, your support is needed more than ever just to sustain the basic daily norms within our community.
With your help, we are confident we can overcome our challenges and fulfill our critical mission to its fullest. Your gift, no matter how small, will make a difference.
Thank you for your consideration.
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For more information visit: gvgb.co/LeapforAutism2020
Leap for Autism! Our annual event raises awareness and funds for vital services offered by Greystone Programs, Inc. where no funding exists. These programs include a range of therapeutic expressive arts: music, dance, equine, art therapies and other services.
Be a champion for autism in the air or on the ground! Whether a tandem or virtual skydiver, take to the sky for an exhilarating adventure of a lifetime while giving back to a great cause. The Leap for Autism has fun for all ages, music, food, craft beer/cider and freefall — something for all!
Your contribution will support Greystone’s Expressive Arts programs and other services. We are dedicated to supporting children, adults and families living with autism and other developmental disabilities by enriching lives one person at a time.
Rain Date: TBD
Please note: This event may be postponed due to rain and wind. So, BEFORE you leave for the Ranch, please call: 845-452-5772 to ensure that there hasn’t been a cancellation. There will be a recorded message if anything has changed. Also, check out Facebook for updates!
Ways to Participate
Virtual skydiVR ™ Individual or Team (Appropriate for all ages)
Minimum of $250 per person (unlimited team size)
• Includes a simulated skydive, t-shirt, lunch and beverage
Tandem Skydive – Individual or Team (Must be 18 years of age or older)
Minimum of $500 per person (maximum of 11 team members)
• Includes a tandem skydive, t-shirt, lunch and beverage
Support a Leaper/Leap Team
• Donate to a registered leaper or a leap team to help make an impact
• Donate to Greystone Programs’ mission of supporting children, adults and families living with Autism and other developmental disabilities
Virtual skydiVR™ Challenge
• Raise $500 per person by 4/15/20 and get an invitation for two to the Exclusive VIP Launch Party at Sloop Brewing on April 24, 2020
• Raise $1,000 per person by 4/15/20 and get a $100 Culinary Institute of America gift certificate in addition to 2 tickets to the Exclusive VIP Launch Party at Sloop Brewing on April 24, 2020
Tandem Skydive Challenge
• Raise $1,000 per person by 4/15/20 and get an invitation for two to the Exclusive VIP Launch Party at Sloop Brewing on April 24, 2020
• Raise $1,500 per person by 4/15/20 and get a video of your skydive from the air to the ground, a $100 Culinary Institute of America gift certificate, 2 tickets for a tour at Angry Orchard in addition to 2 tickets to the Exclusive VIP Launch Party at Sloop Brewing on April 24, 2020
***Highest Individual Fundraiser in total dollars raised will receive public recognition and a special incentive.***