Center-Based Programs for Youth with Autism

What are center-based programs?

Boundless Behavioral Health’s center-based programs provide interdisciplinary, evidence-based treatment to youth with autism. Our professional team of intervention specialists lead a wide range of students through an integrated behavioral and educational curriculum, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each of our four unique programs is committed to supporting every student in the least restrictive environment possible, while ensuring educational and treatment gains. Our goal is the reintegration of the student back into the home school district. The transition is planned from enrollment and assessed at every review meeting.

Enrolled students work off the extended content standards as outlined in their program curriculum. All students receive a grade card biannually (semester basis) to assist with tracking completion of course requirements. Our high school program has been designed to meet the Ohio Department of Education’s requirements for graduation. Transcripts can be provided to parents or districts as necessary to show these requirements have been met.

Programs are designed and led by experienced board-certified behavior analysts, or a student pursuing board certification, to meet the needs of the individual student as identified through assessments, interviews, and observations.

What makes our center-based programs stand out?

We are the only organization in Ohio with both CQL and CARF accreditation. Our commitment to love, excellence, respect, and well-being shines through in everything we do.

What are the four programs?

Stepping Forward:
Stepping Forward focuses on building a seamless pathway to supported employment and community living. The program enhances life skill development, academics, and community inclusion while decreasing the dependency on adult support. Students in the Stepping Forward program range from school age to early adulthood.

Social Opportunity & Academic Readiness (SOAR):
SOAR develops academic, social, and vocational skills within a group structure for eventual transition to a less restrictive educational setting or move to supportive employment. Each student has access to the traditional educational teaching standards focusing on increasing reading comprehension, applying math concepts, and acquiring science and social studies content through projects and thematic activities. Students in the SOAR program range from preschool age to early adulthood and are divided by age and grade within the different classrooms.

Stepping Up:
Stepping Up helps school-aged students return to stable functioning and learning environments within a less restrictive setting. Targeted outcomes include an eighty percent reduction in aggression, self-injury, and other disruptive behavior in addition to an eighty percent increase in functional replacement behaviors and coping strategies. Due to the severity of challenging behavior, students will be staffed appropriately to maintain health and safety for all.

Early Language Models (ELM):
ELM supports students with autism who are early identified. Each student receives targeted instruction that recognize their developmental level and areas of deficits, while also focusing on long-term outcomes. Quality early intervention services can change a student’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes. ELM supports students in need of either intensive services or less intensive services within a group setting.

Services offered                                                 

  • Customizable curriculums that can include development in the areas of communication, academic skills, daily living skills, pre-vocational opportunities, community integration, toilet training, and the reduction of problem behavior.
  • Social skills development using a combination of stories, modeling, and role play.
  • Ongoing assessment and instruction by intervention specialists and/or general education teachers capable of administering state testing.
  • Speech and language therapy administered by a state licensed speech-language pathologist
  • Access to licensed social workers whose primary functions are to assess the mental health needs of each student and develop comprehensive, individualized plans of care to address complex needs, and restore social skills and daily functioning. In addition, they support the family unit by providing.
  • Counseling and parent training for disruptive behavior.
  • Case management support.
  • Day treatment for people who have co-occurring autism and behavioral health needs. These special treatments help address complex needs by providing behavioral interventions using evidence-based techniques to develop and restore social skills and daily functioning.
  • Adaptive-skill building.
  • Problem-behavior reduction.

How are these programs accessed?

  • Boundless partners with several school districts to provide services at our Worthington and Newark campuses, as well as in the classroom at select schools.
  • Boundless can accept funding for this program through the Autism Scholarship Program, Medicaid, and through contracts with school districts.
  • For intake information call 1.800.409.2729.
My son has received academic and intervention services from the Harding Campus (Worthington, Ohio) for the past 10 years.  His education has been exceptional and he is able to perform tasks that I never thought he would be able to do.  There has always been a fresh and positive attitude displayed by his Teachers and Behavioral Technicians.  As Boundless became the owner of the facility, practices have only improved and more opportunities for my son have surfaced.  I would recommend this “Boundless” campus to anyone with a child on the autsim spectrum. Vivki LaRouche


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