Clinical services provided by SPARTA for behavioral health conducted in student’s homes, schools, and at the SPARTA Center, in the US and in rural areas of Greece. SPARTA uses current technology and evidence-based behavioral intervention practices to support families here in New York and in Crete, Greece. SPARTA provides and specializes in Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) interventions delivered to nonverbal children diagnosed with severe ASD by skilled licensed and certified therapists.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific study of human behavior and is based on the laws and principles of learning. ABA is an empirically-supported, evidence-based methodology for teaching children with ASD. One of the major goals of ABA is to change “socially significant behavior” to improve the quality of life of the student, the student’s family, and society at large. Socially significant behaviors include academics, reading, social skills, communication skills, and adaptive living skills, which involve fine and gross motor skills, preparing and eating food, toileting and dressing. These skills also include personal care, punctuality and time, work abilities, and money and value.
Our center- and home-based behavioral interventions include discrete trial teaching, mand training, incidental teaching/Early Start Denver Model, natural environment teaching, digital motivational systems (e.g., visual choice board, token economy, photographic/written activity schedule), and Behavioral Skills Training (BST), which consists of instructions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback.
SPARTA serves children ranging in age from 5-21 years old, and young adults with ASD who may be exhibiting severe delays in their cognitive functioning, speech/language and communication skills, social-emotional functioning, motor abilities and self-help skills/adaptive functioning.
SPARTA also provides services such as conducting behavioral assessments, offering autism advocacy/consultations free of charge, as well as providing parent and family training in the home and center. Please see the list below for more details on these services.
Autism Advocacy & Consultations
SPARTA CENTER MODEL
The SPARTA program begins at the student’s home in the morning, and focuses on assisting them to complete activities of daily living (ADL) skills, such as personal hygiene routines, independently dressing, and making a simple breakfast, utilizing a digital motivational system and photographic/written activity schedule. After the morning routine is completed, the student will travel to the SPARTA Center with their therapist and complete multiple activity schedules for the remainder of the day, while also working on their individualized treatment goals. After returning home, the student will have a break before their after-school ABA program begins. Students then work on completing their afternoon activity schedule and evening/nightly routines such as eating dinner, learning to bathe and get ready for bed.
SPARTA GREECE MODEL
- Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) interventions delivered directly to nonverbal children diagnosed with severe ASD by trained therapists, including programs in mand training, discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, natural environment teaching, and motivational systems ;
- in-home parent and school teacher training through empirically-supported ABA interventions; and
- conduct and publish research evaluating the scope and effectiveness of ABA treatments in Crete, Greece.
Training in ABA for Crete Special Education teachers has been designed to enable the teachers to provide parental education programs as well as support to the enrolled students with ASD. Trainings in ABA for parents in their homes are conducted by trained therapists.