Everyone’s mountain is unique, but you don’t have to climb it alone
Specializing in ABA Therapy with a focus on verbal behavior
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Serving Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas
811-815 SE Sherman St
Portland OR 97214
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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA Therapy is considered, “evidence based best practice treatment,” by the US Surgeon General and American Psychological Association. ABA Therapy helps to identify targeted behavior(s) that are helpful to increase in a learner’s repertoire while focusing on decreasing any maladaptive behavior(s) simultaneously. ABA helps by increasing functional communication, increasing language repertoires, increasing daily living skills, decreasing problem behaviors, and ultimately improving the quality of life for those that are serviced. ABA therapy is unique in a sense that it is not a standardized practice. It focuses on each individual that it serves and tailors programming to their specific needs.
What is Verbal Behavior?
Verbal Behavior Therapy (VB) focuses on teaching communication and language by breaking it down into different operants of language. It was developed based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and theories of the behaviorist, B. F. Skinner. Verbal Behavior breaks down language into different verbal operants based on functions of language. This is used to generalize language skills so that the learner can adapt and utilize their learned skills in a variety of meaningful ways.
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About Casey Marin-Shover, MA, BCBA, LBA
Casey Marin-Shover is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related developmental disabilities since 2008.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Foreign Languages from Radford University and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Ball State University.
Casey started in the field while living in Raleigh, NC at the Mariposa School for Children with Autism. She has experience running programs in clinic, in home, and in schools.
In her personal life, she is a foster parent and through this, she has gained experience in working with children diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders.
These experiences have given her a well-rounded wealth of knowledge to add to her toolbox when working with children. She has a true passion for working in this field and strongly believes that ABA Therapy can be utilized to support all children and their development.
About Climb Behavioral Solutions
When families first receive a diagnosis for their child, they are inundated with information about what to do. They feel as if they are staring at an impossible mountain to climb. “Which therapy do I choose?” “Should I change their diet?” “How do I support my child?” “How long will this last?” “I just want them to be happy.” It’s overwhelming.
At Climb, we are here to support the whole family, so that their child can reach their highest potential. There is more than one path to climbing a mountain. We believe that ABA Therapy has given us a wealth of knowledge to apply to our teaching techniques. There is never just one way to learn. Our talented team members take the time to get to know your child and focuses on teaching through play.
Climb’s mission is to work alongside families while collaborating with other professionals in order to provide a comprehensive and cohesive approach to the treatment of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related developmental disabilities. At Climb, we want to provide guidance that will lead to positive outcomes and increase the quality of life for those that we serve.
Our ABA Therapy Services
Center Based ABA Therapy
Center based ABA services allow for a space that can support growth in learning. Our space is full of motivation as soon as you walk into the door. Your child will be enriched with opportunities to learn more language and engage with peers.
In Home and In Clinic Parent Training
We believe that parent training is crucial for success. That is why we provide this service in the home and clinic. Parents will be able to seek support in how to manage their home environment. Having trouble with meal times? Toileting? Bedtime? We can help!
Programming that focuses on Verbal Behavior
The Verbal Behavior Approach is the key to helping your child increase language.
Collaboration with Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists
Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Services also play a critical role for your child’s growth. We intend on working alongside of those professionals so that your child’s programming meets all of their needs.
Behavior Intervention Plan Writing
A Functional Analysis will help us determine the function of your child’s behavior. This helps us to develop a plan that focuses on increasing positive behavior(s) and decreasing negative behavior(s).
Worried about COVID19? You’re not alone. We also provide telehealth services to support your family during this time.
Functional Communication Training
A focus on communication is important for your child’s development and growth. We have experience with increasing a child’s ability to request. Each learner has different needs so we take a total communicative approach and find what works for your child. We can teach them to use their words by speaking, sign language, picture exchange communication systems, or voice output systems. We believe that every child is capable of communicating.
Toilet training is difficult for any parent, regardless of a diagnosis. We provide intensive toilet training services and will help you through this process.
Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Education Plans can be daunting for a family. We will attend those meetings with you so that we can collaborate with the school.
Trauma Informed Behavior Analysis
In the past, ABA Therapy has gotten a bad rep for some of its practices. At Climb, we take a trauma informed approach. We understand that the learning history of a child is vital to understanding the, “why,” behind the behavior. We focus on figuring out how to solve the problem in a way that makes everyone comfortable. This does not mean that the work will not be hard, but it means that we will consider all aspects of the child and find ways to help them to be as successful as possible.
“We cannot say enough about Casey Marin Shover, a true professional with the expertise, compassion, and patience commensurate with the finest therapists.
Not long after our youngest was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Casey took over as his primary therapist, and we saw measurable progress in a short time span. Very relatable; she incorporated our son’s interests and hobbies into her work, which enabled conversation—not a small feat for our late-talker. Her ABA therapy played a significant part in mainstreaming our son into public school with his cohort year group.
Over the course of her work, and in the years since, she became a dear friend of the family. We keep in touch, and she still makes herself available for ABA Therapy-related advice. We offer our highest endorsement and recommendation.”
– Jeff and Marisol P.
“I was not happy with the services Adam was receiving through our local school district and sought out a more tailored program for him.
It was not until we started attending the program, that I realized how much I needed help. I was struggling to help Adam learn and grow in all areas of his life. I knew he was capable of so many things but was not able to break into his tight non-verbal shell.
Then he started attending a specialized ABA school that utilized Verbal Behavior techniques and we met Casey. Casey was quiet, diligent and patient as she worked to understand Adam’s strengths and needs. The daily conversations I would have with her at pickup and drop off became a source of renewal for me as a parent.
Prior to her entrance in our lives I was taking individual grains of sand and using tweezers to attempt to fill up Adam’s bucket. While working with Casey it felt like I was no longer the only one holding tweezers and Adam’s bucket was getting filled and actually became heavy and full as he began to communicate.
Casey gave me a precious gift and reintroduced me to my child by helping Adam learn to share his voice through sign language. Casey’s involvement changed my family’s life and we will be forever grateful.”
– Katy O’Connor
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
ASD is a developmental disability that can impact a child’s behavior, communication skills, and social skills.
Does insurance cover the cost?
Climb is in network with Providence, Cigna, BCBS/Regence, Moda, Care Oregon, and MHN. Not in network? Ask if we can get a single case agreement with your provider.
How long will my child need ABA Therapy services?
A need for this service varies on the child’s needs. Children can receive this service for as long as they need it. If they begin to meet criteria for discharge, your family will be informed and services will slowly decrease to ensure that your child is successful.
What are my expectations as a parent?
Parents are expected to meet with their BCBA at a minimum of once a month to discuss their child’s progress and any concerns that may be present in the home setting. Parents will have their own individual goals that will help guide them to increasing success within their home. ABA therapy is an intensive service and parents are expected to bring their child on time and maintain consistent attendance. Frequent cancellations could potentially lead to a discharge from services.
What are you doing to manage the COVID19 Pandemic?
Climb Behavioral Solutions office will expect all staff to follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and other protocols. Your child’s temperature will be taken before they enter. If they have any symptoms, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days, or until they have received a negative COVID19 test. Family members will be expected to wear masks when they are present in the clinic. Staff will wear masks at all times, unless they are eating on their lunch break.
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