We are the Autism Behavior Consulting Group a.k.a. ABC Group founded in 2006. We are a family-owned kama’aina company specializing in providing top-notch treatment to children with a diagnosis of autism, other developmental delays and behavioral challenges and their families using framework for teaching language provided by Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Our consortium of professionals have been serving children in this population with a combined work experience of over 50+ years in the field.
We provide quality evidence-based behavior analytic services to learners with autism and other related developmental disabilities through implementation of direct services and training of family members and educators. We accomplish this by insuring that the learner’s progress occurs through the arrangement of teaching environments carefully arranged to produce the maximum results in each individual learner.
We specialize in working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), ages 12 months through 18 years. Each child’s treatment program is designed based upon his/her individual needs as determined by assessment. Our goal is to engineer our programming to produce socially significant changes in our learners, so that they can be successful in environments with decreasing levels of support. The terminal aim of every child’s program is to “close the gap” between their current skill level and those of their typically developing peers.
Our autism programs and trainings are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and empirically supported interventions, with an appreciation of the analysis of Verbal Behavior. ABC’s goal is to provide intensive intervention in order to change the trajectory of each learner’s life.
Who We Help
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Executive Functioning Difficulties
- Social Cognition Deficits
- Non-Compliant Behaviors
- Behavioral Disorders
- Sensory & Emotional Regulation Challenges
- Feeding Problems
- Toileting Challenges
- Social Pragmatic Language Disorder
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- Developmental Delays
- Learning Disabilities
- Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVD)
- Academic Challenges
- Mental Health Issues
Our Teaching Philosophy
All of our programs are founded on the Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Natural Environment Training (NET), Verbal Behavior (VB), Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Errorless Learning (EL), Iconic Communication, and Functional Communication Training (FCT), are utilized to individualize each child’s program according to his or her unique needs and strengths.
At ABC Group, every behavioral education program is designed to give each child the skills they need in order to benefit from placement in the least restrictive educational environment. Using the principles of ABA, and motivation, foundation skills are taught in a very systematic fashion, failure is reduced, and independence is rewarded.
Children with ASD often have a long history of failure within the learning situation, every effort is made to make it successful, rewarding, and fun!
Our Guiding Principles
We actively seek solutions and allow our behavior to be shaped by our experiences; including the interactions with our clients, their families, other professionals; data from our interventions; and research from others.
We are part of a team – ABC Group, Inc., the family, and other professionals all working toward the best interests of the child.
Our staff are motivated with strong clinical skills which they constantly seek to update.
It is important to create and maintain a positive learning and teaching environment.
Individuals learn and work best from those whom they enjoy; learning should utilize the student’s existing motivational variables.
Our focus should be on skill development rather than solely on the reduction of inappropriate behaviors.
It is important to teach individuals how to interact people they encounter, as well as how they can learn from their experiences.
ABC Group provides quality evidence-based behavior analytic services to learners with autism, other related developmental disabilities and learning challenges through implementation of direct services and training of family members and educators. We accomplish this by insuring that the learner’s progress occurs through the arrangement of teaching environments carefully arranged to produce the maximum results in each learner.
ABC’s goal is to provide intensive intervention in order to change the trajectory of each learner’s life. We prepare students to eventually transition into the least restrictive setting possible, through collaboration with schools and effective training / coaching with their next placement team.
We are committed to constructing positive, individualized, and data-driven treatment programs that are founded on the child’s personal motivations and assets.
Our intervention is a behavioral-based program using the behavioral analysis of language as proposed by B.F. Skinner (Verbal Behavior, 1957).
Meet Our Team
We are a consortium of talented and experienced individuals in our fields, who combined are able to combine our talents and provide a momentum of success for the child and his family.
Amy Smith Wiech, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral, Founder and Executive Director
ABC Group of Hawaii has expanded!
We have an Autism Specialty Care School classroom for learners with autism, asperger’s, and related disorders, problem behaviors, language delays, or other unique learning needs. It is located at 99-950 Iwaena St. Aiea, Hi 96701, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii in addition to our Haleiwa, Hawaii Autism clinic.
We are close to the H1 and H3 interchange near Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam, Camp Smith, Nimitz Housing, and 20 minutes from Kaneohe Marine Corp Base or Schofield Barracks/Wheeler AAF/NCTAMS.