The Hope Source Mission Statement
To raise the bar by providing cutting-edge, dynamic and authentic learning opportunities to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families for the development of meaningful relationships and real world success.
The Hope Source Philosophy
This Isn’t Your Grandma’s ABA…
Theories for treating all types of behavior and disorders range from Applied Behavior Analysis (Skinner) to Cognitive Behavioral Theory (Beck) to Social Learning Theory (Bandura). The former theorists insisted that people learn through association and reinforcement, while Bandura rejected that theory, suggesting the social environment is powerful and that we learn how to behave through observation and modeling.
“Cognitive theories of development look at how thought processes and mental operations influence growth and change. Jean Piaget created one of the most famous theories of cognitive development, suggesting that children are not just passive recipients of information. Instead, he proposed that children are little scientists who actively construct their knowledge and understanding of the world.”
Behavior & Cognitive Therapy for Autism at The Hope Source
Evidence-based Practice (EBP) vs. Evidence-based Treatment (EBT)
Consensus among most medical associations including the American Psychological Association and National Association of Social Workers define “evidence –based practice” as clinical practice involving the integration of clinical expertise, research, and client preferences and values to
determine the best treatment option. Licensed clinicians have the expertise to be able to adjust treatment protocol when a modality is not effective for their client.
One component of EBP is Evidence-based Treatment (EBT). EBT are interventions that have been proven effective by the research community. The role of the clinician is to use EBP to determine what EBTs are available for their client and if it is a good fit. It is critical to note that emerging treatments may be the most effective for your client and not to discount them because they lack EBT status.
Our Approach at The Hope Source
As clinicians who are bound to provide EBP to all of our clients, we strive to provide the most comprehensive evaluation to determine the needs of each client.
We study all theories of behavior and cognitive development and utilize the treatment protocols (such as Applied Behavior Analysis) derived from those theories as a tool to meet the unique needs of each client and their family. One modality may provide critical monitoring of behavior reduction, while the other is more effective at reaching the deficit areas of autism for cognitive acquisition. For example, the parents may receive counseling and consultation sessions with our licensed clinicians focusing on anxiety and adjustment to autism diagnosis, while their child may receiving intensive ABA by a paraprofessional/behavior guide for skill acquisition and behavior management.
Researchers within the last 10 years have reached consensus on the common deficits that are present across the Autism Spectrum. At The Hope Source, it is best practice to stay on top of this research in order to best serve our clients. Therefore, our Dynamic Twelve: Autism Developmental Deficit Assessment reflects what researchers have determined are areas of deficit, including:
- Behavior Management
- Social Motivation
- Episodic Memory
- Social Cognition
- Flexible Thinking
- Information Processing
- Emotional Engagement
- Joint Attention
- Social Communication
Once assessed in the above areas, treatment goals are developed. Our approach does not end there. It is critical that our clients have the same opportunities for learning as their typical peers. In agreement with Bandura, we implement the treatment goals into real-world, authentic and natural experiences – we just slow it down and break it down! The brain must experience first hand how to problem solve and adjust to someone else – it cannot be told or trained what to do. No human being learns that way effectively.
With experience come competence, with competence comes motivation, with motivation comes exploration.