Tacoma Behavioral Health Services
Maxim Healthcare Services has been an industry leader of in-home health services since 1988. In October 2008, we began providing in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for families with a child with autism. Maxim Behavioral Support Services has become one of the leading providers in Washington State. We provide ABA therapy to children on the spectrum here in Tacoma and in many cities across the state, including:
- Bonney Lake
- Oak Harbor
- Ft Lewis
- Naval Base Kitsap
- Maple Valley
- Federal Way
- Medical Lake
We serve families covered by Tri-Care, CIIBS (Children Intensive In-Home Behavior Support Waiver), Microsoft Premera, CIGNA, and some private insurance. We also accept families who are interested in a private pay option.
Finding qualified Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Therapists to meet your unique needs can be a difficult task. At Maxim, we are committed to putting our clients’ time and needs first. Maxim is a leading ABA provider in Washington State with the capability to recruit and train qualified Therapists for our clients, allowing you and your family to take comfort knowing all aspects of the recruitment process are taken care of.
Maxim’s services are designed to meet the unique needs of children and their families, helping everyone overcome obstacles and create foundations for future success.
Parenting a special needs child can be challenging and respite care can provide a much needed reprieve for parents. For families seeking respite care, Maxim is a provider of respite services under Tri-Care’s Autism Demonstration Project. We can also provide respite services on a private pay basis. Call our office today to discuss your respite options.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). The other pervasive developmental disorders now include Rett Syndrome, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Asperger's Syndrome. Many parents and professionals refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Autism affects the way a child perceives the world and makes language, communication, and social interaction difficult. The child may also have repetitive behaviors and/or intense, restricted interests. Symptoms, and their severity, are different for each of the affected areas (communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors) and for each individual. Autism Spectrum Disorder is usually diagnosed in early childhood between the ages of three and five.
What is Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA)?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most comprehensive and effective approach to improving the lives of children and the families of children with autism. The ABA approach uses a mixture of psychological, educational, and developmental techniques based upon the needs of the child. This includes teaching social, motor, language, communication, and cognitive skills.
The ABA approach is empirically supported by a strong body of research and is one of the most effective interventions for individuals with autism. ABA therapy is individualized for each person and their family based on the specific needs of the individual. In fact, studies have shown that ABA techniques are a proven treatment and the method of choice for treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder at any level. Even if the child does not achieve a “best outcome” result of normal functioning levels in all areas, nearly all children with autism benefit from intensive ABA programs.
What Does an ABA Program Look Like?
Behavioral assessments used to determine program areas of needs
Behavioral plans with specific goals and objectives
Break down of complicated tasks into smaller and more manageable units
Systematic data-collection and ongoing monitoring of data to guide programming decisions
Use of positive reinforcement as core strategy
What Would Be Part of the ABA Program?
Supervision by Program Supervisor (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)
Trained Therapist to provide 1:1 intervention
Collaboration with other professional providers e.g. OT, SLP, school
Parents and caregivers are central to program design and implementation
Our staff undergo a thorough and extensive interview process. Maxim Behavioral Support Services quality assurance also includes:
Thorough background checks
Continuing education requirements for internal and external staff
Therapist and Program Supervisor support groups
90 day and annual evaluations of all employees
Our Services Include:
Behavioral assessment and plan (performed by the Program Supervisor)
Encourage a team-based approach that incorporates school, home, and family involvement
Providing assistance to a family in IEP meetings for an individual child
Teaching the child to engage in or remain engaged in appropriate behaviors
Decreasing the child's challenging behavior
Utilizing principles of reinforcement to achieve goals
Collaboration with, and support for the parent, guardian, and/or individual who customarily provides care, in an effort to provide ongoing behavioral support
Why Choose Maxim?
A trusted national provider of pediatric homecare services that are tailored to meet individual needs
A level of service that meets and exceeds the healthcare industry's highest standards
24-hour services, including all holidays and weekends
Trained, screened, and credentialed behavioral health specialists
Child-to-Therapist matching service to ensure compatibility
Regular assessments by Program Supervisor to ensure client satisfaction
Recruitment of BCBAs and Therapists
Flexible payment options
Free in-home consultation
To learn more about our services, please contact us today at (253) 292-4354.