Advanced Program for High-Functioning Individuals with ASD


Skills® Advanced Cognition is a web-based system for the design and implementation of advanced treatment or teaching plans using the research-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to guide higher-functioning individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to reach their fullest potential.

Skills® Advanced Cognition allows high-functioning learners to achieve the following:

  • Improve social interactions: sustain and improve age-appropriate conversations
  • Become fully independent in all settings
  • Develop meaningful relationships and genuine friendships
  • Inhibit socially inappropriate behaviors: stereotypy, repetitive routines, emotional outbursts
  • Improve planning and organizational skills for all aspects of life, including educational and vocational
  • Enhance overall attention skills
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Curricula FOR ADVANCED AND COMPLEX CONCEPTS

Social interactions and
relationship building, as well as social language skills and self-esteem.

cognition

Perspective-taking skills or "theory of Mind" (i.e., the ability to understand the mental states of oneself and others).

executive functions

Goal-oriented behavior and self-management, such as memory, attention, planning, and self-awareness, flexibility, and problem solving.

adaptive

The ability to engage independently in daily living activities.

HOW SKILLS® ADVANCED COGNITION WORKS

Skills® Advanced Cognition is intuitive and comprehensive, making it easy to create and implement effective, evidence-based treatment and teaching plans for every learner.

Step
1

Start assessment

Answer a series of questions to identify the learner’s skills level.

Step
2

Build a Treatment Plan

Based on the assessment, Skills® Advanced Cognition creates an individualized pool of activities. Add your desired activities to the treatment plan by checking the boxes. You are in control of designing the plan.

Step
3

Start Treatment

Implement your plan and measure its effectiveness with extensive progress-tracking reports and graphs that are generated automatically.

Skills® Advanced Cognition for ABA Professionals

Skills® Advanced Cognition for ABA Professionals


Using Skills® Advanced Cognition, ABA professionals will achieve:

  • Better outcomes – Teach more abstract social behaviors and complex concepts
  • Efficiency – Spend significantly less time planning treatment and reporting progress
  • Consistency and quality of care – Create individualized and customizable evidence-based treatment plans
  • Treatment integrity – Ability to pinpoint core deficits in high-functioning individuals

The Skills® Advanced Cognition Difference

Provide consistent high-quality treatment

  • Lessons for advanced skills, including social cognition and executive functions for academic planning
  • Customizable plans and activities to cover a diverse range of needs
  • Direct links from assessment to lessons, ensuring no deficits are overlooked
  • Sharing capability, enabling collaboration among an individual’s entire treatment team

Demonstrate meaningful progress to clients and insurance organizations

  • Instantly accessible reports, charts, and graphs for progress tracking
  • Lessons and activities based on decades of research and evidence

Maximize supervision and therapy time

  • Automatically-generated progress reports and graphs for every lesson
  • Treatment plan fully integrated with electronic data collection tool
  • Age-appropriate assessment and plans that advance with the individual each year
  • Skills® BIP Builder to efficiently design effective Behavior Intervention Plans for maladaptive behavior
  • Multiple clients on a single platform, enabling easy file access and better organization
  • Smart search to find appropriate lessons quickly to fit each client’s needs

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Educators

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Educators

Using Skills® Advanced Cognition, educators will realize:

  • Less time redirecting attention to task – more time teaching
  • Reduction in managing inappropriate behaviors
  • Enhanced focus on curriculum – rather than helping student organize materials
  • Fewer social conflicts
  • Compliance with least restrictive environment
  • Expedited IEP process with pre-established goals per skills area

Why Skills® Advanced Cognition

Improved learning outcomes

  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration for more cohesive teaching plans
  • Acquired skills from basic to advanced – reproduced outside the classroom
  • Comprehensive, scientifically validated assessment tools
  • Skills® BIP Builder for overcoming difficult behavior

Data driven and compliant

  • Research-based curricula aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • IEP goals and benchmarks included with each lesson
  • Assessment results linked directly to tailored lesson plans

Increased efficiency

  • A single platform for multiple students, so educators can stay organized
  • Instantly available reports and charts for evaluation and progress tracking
  • Teaching plans advance with each student every year

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Parents

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Parents

Using Skills® Advanced Cognition, parents will observe:

  • Fewer conflicts
  • Improved understanding of your child
  • Better interactions with siblings
  • Decreased child dependency
  • Maximization of your child’s potential

When to Use Skills® Advanced Cognition

Use Skills® Advanced Cognition if your child presents most of the following:

  • Diagnosed as high-functioning within the Autism Spectrum (also formerly known as Asperger’s)
  • Difficulty understanding social rules
  • Inability to understand and use sarcasm, irony, and humor
  • Social awkwardness and challenges sustaining conversations
  • Lack of empathy
  • Difficulty understanding complex concepts
  • Obsessive interest in a particular subject

Research on
Skills® and ABA

The strategies in the Skills® curriculum are grounded on over 40 years of research on the use of ABA-based procedures for teaching skills to individuals with autism. The Skills® assessment has been shown to have excellent validity (Persicke et al., 2014) and the language subscale to have excellent reliability (Dixon, Tarbox, Najdowski, Wilke, & Granpeesheh, 2011).