A Hope For Autism Foundation
Welcome to AHFA
A Hope For Autism Foundation (AHFA) is a non-profit with the goal of increasing access to applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Our goal is that all children have access to treatment, no matter their financial situation. We seek to provide individualized treatment plans that work for our clients and their families.
What We Do
Making A Difference
Applied Behavior Analysis
A Hope For Autism Foundation provides individualized treatment for your child’s unique needs. We will work with your family to make sure your child receives the best care possible.
Upon arrival learners immediately participate in functional skills such as putting their personal items where they belong and gathering necessary items for their work sessions. We use positive reinforcement and individualized motivational systems that increase a child’s success in executing these important skills.
During 1:1 sessions learners are taught specific skills (or skill sets) by a behavioral specialist. 1:1 sessions are individualized for each learner in order to provide the most effective and efficient teaching that promotes behavior acquisition and change.
NET (Natural Environment Teaching)
Our NET block is facilitated by our NET specialist. During this block, children work together with our specialist or in a small group. Children participate in activities that promote generalization of skills learned in 1:1 sessions. Learners are reinforced for observing, interpreting, and navigating their environment based on the social behavior demonstrated within the small group design.
Many learners that we see demonstrate difficulty in motor-related activities such as bumping into objects or people, stepping on items on the floor, handwriting, and eye-hand coordination. We provide individualized support for our learners through fun and interactive games and positive reinforcement.
Our learners are an integral part of the group. Each learner participates in preparing and cleaning up meals and activities. These are necessary adaptive skills that promote independence and success.
Independence & Being Socially Responsible
We teach our learners to demonstrate appropriate eating, self-care, and independence. For example, learners may need to be taught how to use a napkin or utensil. These are the adaptive skills we may work on. Attending to others, answering a question, or finding out about another child promotes social behavior.
During this time learners are provided opportunities to learn in a small group structure. These opportunities are necessary as we prepare learners to be successful across all environments. We use a variety of evidence-based methods to teach learners in small group settings.
Contact A Hope For Autism Foundation
2800 SW Peaceful ln
Portland, OR 97239