How do I receive services from Family First?
There are a number of options for families that would like to receive our services:
Far Northern Regional Center (FNRC)
Any resident of Butte, Glenn or Tehama counties who has a qualifying developmental disability is eligible for our services. Developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and other neurological conditions closely related to intellectual disability or requiring similar treatment. If your child is currently a consumer of FNRC you may contact your service coordinator to set up an assessment with us. If your child is not currently an FNRC consumer and you feel he or she qualifies for services, you may contact them to make a referral.
Contact Far Northern Regional Center to make a referral
For families of children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum and Disorder who also have insurance through a major insurance provider (Blue Cross/Blue Shield, etc) ABA therapy may be available to you. Contact your insurance agent/provider to inquire about coverage.
We recognize that problem behaviors and learning deficits are not exclusive to those diagnosed with specific disorders. This is why we also offer our services to any individual regardless of age or ability at a competitive hourly rate.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation visit. We are happy to assist any family.
What does your program look like?
Every program is individualized to the unique needs of you and your child. In collaboration with your Family Development Coach you will assess and determine goals specific to your child. Our methodology is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is in turn based on the science and principles of behavior. Behavioral Science is simply a detailed description of how people learn to do what they do, and why. ABA, then, is merely the "application" of these learning principles for the purpose of actively teaching socially significant skills.
Your Coach will visit you and your child in the home once or twice a week depending on the level of need. Visits typically last two to three hours during which time you will discuss both your and your child's progress, learn to teach new skills with guidance from your Coach, and continue to advance ongoing goals. Your Coach will wrap up the visit with feedback and recommendations, and provide you with areas to focus on until the next visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will be instructing my child?
You’ll work side by side with your Family Coach who is responsible for guiding you through every aspect of your child’s program, from assessment to goal setting, from implementation to monitoring and tracking progress. Your Coach will be the only person assigned to work with you and your child, and all our Coaches are highly qualified professionals with single or multiple degrees including Board Certification and extensive experience working directly with families and children of all backgrounds, abilities, diagnoses and ages. Your Coach will be with you every step of the way, from the first day of instruction to graduation, working one on one with you and your child to give you the essential skills and knowledge you need to meet your child’s long-term learning needs. Our goal is to help parents to become experts in their child’s development, with the confidence to face any challenge.
What can I expect?
You may have heard that ABA therapies require many hours of intensive practice and drills each day to be effective. Our program is different. Being parents ourselves, we understand that raising any child is a full time job on top of everything else you do to manage your daily life. As a parent of an at-risk or developmentally impacted child that challenge in greatly compounded, meaning you’re already committing significant time and energy to your child. Our objective is not to create more work for you, rather to make the work you’re already doing more meaningful and effective. We don’t expect, nor do we advise parents to spend hours a day running trials. The skills your child will learn can be taught more effectively in a natural setting, when and where they occur. And as you progress through the program you will likely find that engaging with your child requires less effort as your interactions become more purposeful, focused and proactive, benefiting both you and your child, and fostering a positive, nurturing relationship.
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