Halloween-themed festival event helping autism community

by Patricia Schallert

On October 26th, ABS Kids put on a Halloween-themed festival event in Ventura. Clinical Operations Director Scott Revlin shared what is important for Ventura’s autism community and their families, including community integrations and local events like the Halloween festival.

Nicole Power Clinical Director  and Scott Revlin Clinical Operations Director shared their thoughts.

“It is important for ABS Kids to interact in with the autism community, including partnering frequently with the Autism Society of Ventura County.”  The ABS Kids mission is “to empower children with autism spectrum disorders and their families to reach their full potential through diagnosis and individualized ABA therapy.”  The ABS Kids vision is “to make high-quality ABA therapy accessible to all children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders across the nation.” The goal being about “helping kids and maximizing their potential.”

The fall festival event had trick or treating, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and lots of costumes so the children they serve could have their own special, sensory-friendly Halloween-themed event.

ABS Kids has behavioral therapists, analysts and staff who can keep the children happy, motivated, and engaged. The staff members are “magical,” and “we owe our success to them, technicians and clinicians who work with the children and their families,” Revlin said.

The staff provides a comfortable environment for the child to practice pivotal life skills that can pave the way to long-term independence and success. An ABS Kids’ Board Certified Behavior Analyst helps determine if home-based therapy or therapy centers are best for the child.

ABA therapy centers are purpose-built facilities that provide unique learning and development opportunities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These centers support intensive therapy in a safe and structured environment overseen by professional Behavior Analysts. Center-based therapy also offers opportunities for the child to meet others, participate in group learning activities, and develop social skills under close supervision.

Through decades of research, ABA therapy has been proven “to enhance communication, enable independent living, and develop age-appropriate social skills while reducing maladaptive behaviors.” It is also the only therapy deemed medically necessary for ASD.

ABS Kids’ dedication to serving this community is exemplified through their recent recognition of the Children’s Service Provider of the Year as part of the 2023 Autism Society Ventura County (ASVC) Awesome in Autism Awards.

Information on ABS Kids can be found at abskids.com

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