Behavior Treatment Clinics
Nathan A. Call, Ph.D., BCBA
Director, Behavior Treatment Clinics
The Marcus Autism Center Behavior Treatment Clinic is based in Atlanta, Ga. Our clinics provide a range of services, based on applied behavior analysis (ABA), from behavioral assessments to in-home interventions for children exhibiting skill deficits or problem behaviors.
The staff at the Behavior Treatment Clinics works with families to develop relevant treatment goals. With these goals, the comprehensive treatments utilize a multidisciplinary team environment to develop, evaluate and implement individualized treatment programs.
Severe Behavior Day Treatment program—offers an intensive, daily therapy session that lasts six hours a day for up to 12 weeks. This is for children with more severe behavior problems or if other approaches have been unsuccessful. While there is no restriction on the types of behavior treated, the most common behaviors include:
- Property destruction
The Severe Behavior Day Treatment program also has the capability to test any strategies and behavioral interventions, determining their impact in natural settings, such as in the classroom.
In the Severe Behavior Day Treatment program, a child’s admission goals typically include an 80 percent reduction in problem behaviors. In 2010 this goal was exceeded, resulting in a 91 percent average reduction in problem behaviors.*
*Results may vary.
Brief Behavioral Interventions program—provides in-home services similar to those offered by the Severe Behavior Day Treatment program, but this program is only for one- to two-hour, weekly or biweekly appointments, with most children needing an average of five visits. Our staff enacts behavioral interventions with the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
Language and Learning Clinic Day Treatment and After-School programs—implement intensive programs for children displaying skill deficits combined with aggressive or other problem behaviors. These programs maintain a one-to-one, child-to-specialist ratio, giving the maximum amount of time and attention to each child. Programs implemented at the Language and Learning Clinic teach children valuable life skills, including:
- Social interaction
Language and Learning Clinic Home-based program—provides one-on-one intervention similar to services provided in the Language and Learning Clinic, however, services are provided in the student’s home, day care or school.
Language and Learning Clinic Training program—implements intensive clinic-based skill acquisition strategies for current Language and Learning Clinic patients, while providing continuing education opportunities to train the next generation of clinicians.
School Consultation program—provides services across Georgia, offering direct services and consultations within schools and homes. With a focus on behavioral assessments and interventions, program evaluations and the facilitation of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) services within school systems, our staff is trained to provide ABA services within the classroom setting.
Parent Consultation—gives parents the opportunity to work directly with a licensed psychologist. During the weekly meetings, parents are trained to establish and implement basic behavior management strategies and skill acquisition programming.
Community Autism Program—Marcus Autism Center offers an in-home service for families of children with autism and related disorders. Behavior parenting specialists will help families address the behavioral needs of their children and teach strategies to improve social and self-help skills. Services are generally provided in weekly 2 hour appointments for up to 12 weeks.
If you are interested in having your child evaluated by our team, you must obtain a physician referral and/or complete the steps to make a new patient appointment.
Fax the physician referral to our intake specialist at 404-785-9485. Once the referral form is received by Marcus Autism Center, we will then contact you to conduct an intake interview and if appropriate, schedule your child for an evaluation.
The physician referral must include the following information:
- Child's name
- Child's date of birth
- Child's diagnosis
- Reasons for referral
- Primary caregiver's name (i.e. parent or legal guardian) and contact information
- Referring physician's name and contact information
Programming is supervised by doctors licensed by the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Therapies are provided by behavior therapists working under the supervision of licensed doctors.
To request an appointment information packet, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the packet will be emailed to you to complete and return to schedule an appointment.