This therapeutic program, offering the highest levels of individualized care, is designed to assist youth and their families to resolve social, emotional, and behavioral problems so they can return to their home or community. It will provide 24-hour residential services to youth ages 11-18, who have identified intellectual or developmental disabilities. Once at Laradon, staff will perform assessments to develop behavioral intervention plans designed to reinforce appropriate behaviors.
De-escalating crisis using non-aversive, least restrictive interventions that teach proactive replacement behaviors
Teaching appropriate, clear communications of wants and needs so challenging behaviors aren’t necessary
Functional behavior assessment to develop behavioral intervention plans
A multidisciplinary team approach to develop an Individualized Care Plan the best meets emotional and cognitive functioning level
Specialized staff trained in innovative positive behavioral supports and interventions
High staff-to-client ratio
The treatment and behavioral intervention model will be based on Trauma Informed Care and Applied Behavioral Analysis principles that strive to provide an innovative therapeutic environment where children/youth who are dually diagnosed can achieve their maximum potential. The treatment approach will be individualized to address the mental/behavioral health challenges, social-emotional learning, daily living skill development, supporting pre-vocational/vocational skills and social skills.
Behavioral techniques are routinely used and include:
Differential reinforcement – the reinforcement of one form of behavior and not another, reinforcing specific behaviors under varying stimulus conditions. Differential reinforcement procedures can also be used to eliminate behavior.
Shaping – the development of good, positive habits resulting in an automatic behavior change to resist negative behavior or undesirable actions. Withholding of attention for socially inappropriate behaviors – attention is focused on positive and appropriate behaviors, inappropriate behaviors that are not hurting others are generally ignored.
A Welcoming Environment
The Calabrese Youth Center will be located on Laradon’s 9.2 acre campus, which includes:
Playground with equipment designed for youth with disabilities
Nearby gymnasium with a recreation center
The Laradon School
The residential building of the Calabrese Youth Center will be equipped with:
10 individual bedrooms for private space
Kitchen and dining area
The Laradon School is a few hundred feet away from these buildings, and the residents of the Calabrese Youth Center will attend classes there when appropriate.