Philosophy

Gateway services are based on an application of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a methodology that is empirically proven to be an effective treatment for autism.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses behavioral principles to change an individual's behavior in meaningful ways. Gateway employs an approach to therapy that blends behavioral and developmental best practices. Structured, discrete-trial learning opportunities are combined with more naturalistic, evidence-based methods from the ABA field. Gateway
therapists employ only scientifically validated techniques. Our therapists are trained to implement Verbal Behavior therapy techniques as well as methods derived from the Pivotal Response Treatment model. Great care is taken to balance adult-directed and child-directed activities.

Curriculum

Each child's interests and preferences are incorporated into therapy sessions to create motivating and meaningful lessons. Therapists incorporate research-based tactics such as behavioral momentum, interspersal of known tasks, use of prompt hierarchies, natural/direct reinforcers, general case shaping, and opportunities to make choices. Materials are varied in order to maintain interest and promote generalization of skills. When deciding on areas of focus, we consider skills that will allow the individual child to achieve the greatest levels of independence. We consider typical child development and those skills which represent natural, sequential milestones. Program Supervisors develop inclusive programs with clear objectives targeting domains such as attention, imitation, communication, social relationships, motor, self-help, and self-regulation skills. We focus on skills that are the most meaningful and functional for a particular child and family.

Family Involvement

At Gateway we view parent involvement as paramount to a child's success. During the intake process Gateway staff work with family members to design an individualized Family Involvement Plan. We encourage family members to participate in therapy sessions to the maximum extent possible in order to provide the greatest opportunities for progress.

Collaboration

In addition to family involvement, we believe that collaboration with other service providers is critical to effective intervention. Gateway staff actively seeks ways to partner with SLPs, OTs, PTs, and other providers who work with our clients.