This program focuses on finding treatments that lessen dangerous or disruptive behaviors. We can help with any kind of problem behavior, but some of the most common are:
Treatments are matched to the needs of the each child and family. We focus on reinforcing positive behaviors to replace the disruptive ones. When our staff finds a behavior treatment that works, parents, teachers and other care providers are trained to use it in different settings, including Marcus Autism Center, your child’s home, the classroom or other public areas. The goal is to teach parents the skills and give them a behavior plan to lessen severe behaviors throughout the child’s life.
A behavior clinical specialist interviews caregivers and teachers to gather information about problem behaviors, including:
Preference and Demand Assessments
Find a child’s preference for play and food items and task demands.
Brief and Extended Functional Analyses
Find the maintaining consequences, or function, of problem behavior using both caregivers and staff. Results may be compared to find any differences between how a child acts around a family member, caregiver or therapist.
Develops function-based treatments to lessen problem behaviors and increase adaptive functioning. Reinforcement strategies are tried first, and changes are made to find the most effective approach.
Provides training in general skills for all of the areas of their child’s treatment. All training involves:
Help families and schools use treatment consistently while conducting different activities in different places. This may last for up to 12 visits during a six-month period.
The Severe Behavior Day Treatment Program serves children ages 18 months to 21 years with a developmental disability who:
For 12 weeks, children will come to the center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Problem behaviors are first reviewed using functional analysis methodology. This helps us find out the reasons for, or maintaining consequences of, your child’s negative behavior.
Once this is done, behavior treatments are created and tested in many settings. At Marcus Autism Center and within the community, parents, teachers and other caregivers are trained using:
While their child is at the center, parents need to be present for at least three different time periods:
Email us to have an appointment information packet mailed to you or make a new patient appointment online. Call 404-785-9400 to reach our patient intake line.
Joanna Lomas Mevers, Ph.D., B.C.B.A., Director, Severe Behavior Program
Marcus Autism Center is a subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
1920 Briarcliff Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4010Operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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