Here's just a small sampling of the focus projects in the works by the Mau Loa Learning Ohana.
Water Safety & community safety
"Individuals with autism die by accidental injury at a rate three times higher than the general population. The rate was particularly high for children younger than 15 years of age. Nearly half (46 per cent) of unintentional injury deaths for those with autism occurred by drowning -- and the "danger years" are between ages five to seven. These children drown 160 times more frequently than their neurotypical peers." -Researchers at the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University
During our initial intake process, administration staff screen clients and families for skill deficits or environmental concerns directly related to the client's safety. We typically find that the majority of clients have not mastered basic safety skills such as swimming, street crossing, and handling hazardous materials. Through risk, skill, social/emotional, and adaptive assessments our team works together to provide the most effective teaching methods that will make an impact on the client's everyday life and safety. For example, many BCBA's may conduct a VB-MAPP with a child and find that they lack the ability to independently tact (label) colors and also does not have the skills necessary to safely cross a street. Instead of using "table top teaching" to build the skill for identifying colors, we would incorporate tacting colors while we are teaching them how to cross the street to get to their favorite park.
Socially valid treatments
Statewide, 12-15,000 people are homeless at some point of the year. Islandwide, 33% of those living without housing are children and 33% of the homeless are of Native Hawaiian ethnicity." -http://hopeserviceshawaii.org
To date, MLL has not turned a single client away that was in need of Applied Behavior Analysis services. We pay our employees the same rate regardless of the insurance provider to ensure that we are not discriminating against clients. In addition, employees receive advancement opportunities when they provide ABA services to a multitude of populations, disabilities, insurance carriers, etc. We are currently working with most major insurance providers in the state of Hawaii, including Medicaid and Medicare.
Early intervention & a focus on effective intervention practices
"ABA is the most effective method to teach children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, as well as brain injury and other traumas. BA practices have been endorsed by the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Association for Science in Autism Research. The skills and experience of an ABA professional are essential for success. In addition, extensive research studies suggest that intervention before three years of age (early intervention) yields the most promising long-term results for children with autism and developmental disabilities." -https://www.mayinstitute.org
Mau Loa Learning is one of the few companies in Hawaii that provides Applied Behavior Analysis services through only state, national, and board certified/credentialed providers. This ensures that each client receives the most effective treatment by a qualified provider. Our providers hold at a minimum a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential and Bachelors degree and are pursuing higher education in Applied Behavior Analysis or a related field (i.e. Special Education, Speech Therapy). We aim to begin early intervention services as soon as possible to increase the likelihood that the client will be able to live an independent and meaningful life.