Integrated Behavioral Systems (IBS)
|Integrated Behavioral Systems is a consulting company that works mainly with school districts to improve services for students with autism, the following bullet points are modified from the company’s website: |
"Integrated Behavioral Systems (IBS) is a Chicago based organization that works extensively throughout the nation providing services to businesses, school districts, alternative schools, non-profit organizations, transition/vocational programs and other social service agencies.
-Our goal is to work collectively with each client to present an innovative approach to providing creative programs for individuals with disabilities
-IBS strives for a greater understanding and appreciation of individuals with disabilities and their unique talents and needs.
-Our philosophy supports that socialization, communication, and behavior are interrelated.
-IBS utilizes a holistic approach in working with individuals with disabilities and realizes the potential growth within each person
-IBS offers a wide spectrum of services to guide and assist each client in providing advanced techniques in coaching, training and educating individuals with disabilities."
On its website, IBS presents the S3 model (Positive Behavior = Social Communication + Sensory Integration + Structure of the Classroom/Academic Instruction arranged as the three points of a triangle) as the underlying tenet of the approaches it teaches to clients. It then presents another triangle (Support: Evaluate, Support: Evaluate, Staff: Model) as the method it uses to help clients.
Information above is taken from the Integrated Behavioral Systems, Inc. website viewed on 11/28/10 (http://www.integratedbehavioralsystems.com)
IBS often assists agencies through hosting training workshops and its strength is in the expertise of its CEO and COO. Below is the agenda from a two day workshop IBS presented with the help of Spectrum Training Systems on the topic of Career Development and Students who have Autism:
Sub topics - Communication Skills in the Initial Interview; Interview Communication Graffiti Activity; Structuring the Interview Environment; Interview Structure Activity; Theory of Mind; Building the Career Portfolio; Career Portfolio Development Activity
Sub topics - Creating the Evaluation Plan; Assessment Processes for Job Seekers With ASD; Skill/Interest Testing; Assessing Social/Communication Skills’ Career Assessment Activity
Sub topics - Workplace Problems; Natural Support Development; Take Workplace Supports; Minnesota Work Adjustment Theory; Work Values Graffiti Activity
Social Communication in the Workplace
Sub topics - Basic Self-Advocacy; Asking for Help Activity; Sins of the System Overview; Sins of the System Graffiti Activity; Courtesy Rule Card Activity; Social Skill Supports; Workplace Visuals Graffiti Activity; Workplace Social Story Make/Take
Implementing the Career Plan
Sub topics - Career Strategies in Action; Working with the Business Community
Final Wrap Up - Q & A Session
As with any consulting firm, the strength of IBS is in its staff, here are the bios of the CEO and the COO. These are the people who provide training and consultation on-site:
The CEO, Christopher Simler, is also an Adjunct Professor at Elmhurst College. Christopher is classically trained as an Applied Behavioral Scientist specializing in the field of Autism supports, strategies, and curriculum development… He has designed new teaching methodologies and restructured the environments in both public and private school's behavioral and transition programs. Christopher continues to work with agencies in the Illinois area providing a strong and successful future for people on the spectrum.
The COO, James Emmett, is a national leader in development of employment services for persons with autism spectrum disorders as well as in assisting corporations in creation of outreach efforts to the disability and autism communities. He is an individual with a disability and a parent of three daughters with disabilities.
Workshop agenda and bios copied on 12/16/2010 from the website of the Advocates of Children that have Special Needs who sponsored the workshop (http://www.actsn.org/Forms/CareerPlanningIndividualsAutism200903025.pdf)