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Autism & Specialty Services

Hills & Dales Autism HD Program Now Providing Applied Behavioral Analysis Services

Due to Hills & Dales’ strong history of enhancing the quality of life for children and addressing the needs of the community a new autism focused program offering has been established – Autism HD.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) services are now being offered at Hills & Dales through the program.  ABA services are an individualized plan based on the person’s identified needs, and is a recognized treatment option for eligible children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Hills & Dales is offering the ABA services by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and supported by trained behavior assistants.  These supports will include interventions and strategies, education, and case management leading to a successful outcome for the child and his/her family. The services will occur in family homes, schools, and at the Hills & Dales Community Center.

“Hills & Dales is excited to have the opportunity to expand ABA services and therapies. We have supported children and young adults with autism through various community-based programs for over five years. This program will certainly be a benefit to the community and the persons and families in need of services,” stated Marilyn Althoff, Hills & Dales CEO.

For more information about the ABA services contact 563-556-7878.

Hills & Dales ABA Services Parent Testimonials:

If I’m being perfectly honest about sending the triplets off to kindergarten and all the fears that go with that, Hills & Dales totally restored my sanity from what I anticipated it to be!  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you making an ABA program for my kids, giving them this opportunity, and hiring Tracy as their therapist.  Since we have known Tracy, my kids have progressed more with her than any other teachers or therapists that have ever worked with them.  I’m very happy to see that continue, and even more so with the ABA method that is so effective for children with autism.  The set up my kids have now is just ideal for them.   Thank you so much for making this happen, and giving them a better opportunity than what otherwise would have been available.  They are doing so well, and we see progress already!  You’re amazing for making this happen!  And I’ll sleep a lot easier this year!
Grocery Shopping Adventure
You all are awesome!!   I took my son to the grocery store with me today.  As we went through the store I would ask him each of the items as I put it in the cart, and he identified all but one correctly!  When we walked down the nut isle, I asked him if he could eat them, and he said no.  He sat in the cart patiently, never asked to leave, saw several toys, and there was no screaming.  At the checkout I offered him two kinds of M&Ms, peanut butter cups, and a Hershey bar, and he picked the right one he could eat!  This trip to the store was after his schedule was thrown off this morning by having an alternate OT at therapy he was not expecting and after he busted me in his school twice.  Neither time he screamed or asked me to take him home.  He was not thrown at all!
Prior grocery trips involved a lot of screaming, sensory overload, begging to leave, and anxiety.  Today he was a rock star! Will this always happen, no, but it happened today!  ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) works, and I’m so thankful to Hills & Dales!  You’re awesome!! 

Building Meaningful Lives Home

The Hills & Dales Building Meaningful Lives Home opened in June of 2012 and was developed for young adults on the Autism Spectrum who had been placed in facilities out of state and/or far away from their family’s home.  The persons reached adult age and there was not a community program designed to support them.  Absent of an identified program these young people were at risk of being put in an inappropriate system, because of nowhere else to go.

The program development included intensive staff training on Applied Behavioral Supports, use of Autism consultants in curriculum creation, and crisis intervention plans. The home is initially supporting four young adults, as well as their families, with an expansion of the model within Hills & Dales services, Dubuque, and the surrounding area. This pilot program assures persons with Autism and their families have the needed services within their community of choice, and Hills & Dales will assist them in building a meaningful life and reduce the risk of institutional placement.  Another important feature of this home is that it supports the Olmstead Act which was enacted in 1999 that requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and to ensure that these individuals are supported in the most integrated community setting appropriate to their needs.

After a year of planning with state and local entities, visiting many providers, collaborating with Autism experts, and extensive staff training – the Building Meaningful Lives Home is now called “home”.

Building Meaningful Lives Home


Other Autism Services

  • Music Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Before/After School program
  • Respite
  • Group Respite

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