Our residential service works with families, professionals, and a variety of organizations and institutions to help meet individuals’ behavioral needs. We are contracted and certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities to assist individuals and guardians with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities requiring residential placement. We do not provide medical or psychiatric services. We work with medical providers in the community to provide these services. Our goals are to work in partnership with our individuals and their families – creating comfortable, functional, and workable solutions to achieve success in meeting behavioral goals. Our employees routinely work with children and adults with severe behavior problems, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders including pervasive developmental disabilities and Asperger’s, traumatic brain injuries and a variety of other populations. Our ability to be flexible and tailor our strategies is one of our strengths.
We maintain four residential homes, and two ISL’s (Independent Supported Living) in the Kansas City metro area. These homes support adults and children of all ages. Persons supported in these homes come from hospitalization, home settings or other agencies. Their previous residences required their leave due, primarily, to their intensive behavioral issues. Our goal is to assist the individuals in their goals of becoming more successful and independent and to eventually support their transition to less restrictive, more integrated community settings. This is accomplished with the support of 1:1 and 1:2 staffing ratios, full-time Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA's), and collaboration with the person’s team which can include themselves, family members, state entities, schools and caseworkers. We provide short-term and long-term residential services for individuals so that the person may work on gaining the skills necessary to live in a long term residential setting or a family home successfully.
We utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to promote behavior change. Using this behavior analytic approach, based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, we are able to increase socially acceptable behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors. Additionally, we design and implement programs to build academic, communication, social, leisure, pre-vocational, self-care, and functional daily living skills. In collaboration with individuals, families, and involved professionals, we develop and implement individual behavior plans and procedures to maximize learning, increase success, and bridge skill deficits. We teach families and involved professionals how to reduce undesirable behavior and increase and maintain desirable behavior. To help us do this, we utilize data on individuals’ behaviors to drive our decision-making and create a physical environment to maximize appropriate behavior and minimize undesirable behavior.
Kathy Stegman, BCBA, LBA