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The Southeast Autism Center Behavior Intervention Services (BIS) offers short-term Focused Treatment Services and long-term Comprehensive Treatment Services in the clinic, school, and community settings.

Behavior Intervention Services include direct intervention services provided by an implementer (Registered Behavior Technician) and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in a clinical or natural setting (home, school, or community). Interventions include evidence-based behavioral treatment or commonly associated with the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) such as discrete trial training, pivotal response treatment, video modeling, and natural environment training. ABA methodologies have been proven to be effective in developing skills in all areas including: communication, social skills, self-help skills, and pre-academic skills.

The behavioral team serves individuals between the ages of 18 months and 21 years with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or a developmental delay affecting the following areas of functioning:

Areas Considered for Behavior Intervention Services:

  • Language and communication
  • Social skills
  • Play skills
  • Self-help/Independent living skills
  • Toilet training
  • Feeding issues
  • Pre-academic skills

Problem behavior:

  • Difficulty following directions (compliance)
  • Repetitive and ritualistic behaviors
  • Self-injurious behavior (e.g., biting self, hitting head)
  • Physical aggression
  • Property destruction
  • Running away/elopement

Types of services provided:

  • Comprehensive Treatment Services
  • Focused Treatment Services
  • School consultations

Comprehensive Treatment Services, also known as Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) and Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI) services, provide long-term behavior services designed to teach children new skills and minimize or eliminate challenging behavior in the natural setting. These services are individualized, developmentally-based, and comprehensive. An emphasis is placed on broad-based developmental and behavioral assessment, intervention planning, training, and follow-up care. The strategies are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and include natural environment teaching, principles of verbal behavior, and discrete trial instruction.

Providers make every effort to create a setting that maximizes the child’s successes and minimizes failures. To help accomplish this, we use errorless learning for skill acquisition, provide reinforcement for appropriate behavior, intermix mastered skills with new skills, and simplify requests. Motivation is key to successful sessions and a strong emphasis is placed on identifying and using effective reinforcements with each client.

Ideal Candidates for Comprehensive Services

  • • 18 months to 5 years of age (EIBI) and 5 years of age to adult (IBI)
  • Diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorder, or developmental delay
  • Significant delays or concerns in three or more of the following areas: language (speech, receptive language, or communication), social skills, emotional regulation, behavior, adaptive skills, or play skills

Focused services are short-term behavioral service designed to help clients focus on improving specific skill areas and reducing challenging behavior for individuals with ASD. These services take place in the individual’s natural setting and/or clinical setting. Focused services include comprehensive, functional assessments of target skills and behavior, along with consultation, training, and follow-up. The strategies used within focused services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Ideal Candidates for Focused Treatment Services

  • Age 3 to 22 years old
  • Diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorder, or developmental delay
  • Behavioral, adaptive, and/or communication needs that limit access to natural environments

Speech and Language Services includes evidence-based services individualized assessment and/or treatment within the clinic setting. Consultative services are available upon request.

The Speech-Language Pathologist serves individuals, regardless of age, who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or a related developmental delay affecting the numerous areas of functioning.

Skill Deficit Areas Considered for Speech-Language Services

  • Oral motor functioning
  • Fine/gross motor influences (including sensory)
  • Speech production (pre-speech, phonology, articulation, fluency, and/or voice)
  • Auditory processing
  • Language (form, content, and/or use)
  • Academic achievement
  • Joint attention
  • Functional communication
  • Social cognition
  • Executive functioning
  • Daily living skills

Type of Speech and Language services provided

  • Speech/language assessment (comprehensive or brief)
  • Social-communication assessment (comprehensive or brief; may include executive functioning)
  • Formal speech/language assessment report with individualized treatment recommendations
  • Formal social-communication assessment report with individualized treatment recommendations
  • Development of individualized treatment plan
  • Implementation of treatment intervention plan
  • Follow-up, monitoring, and adjustments to treatment intervention plan
  • Individualized consultations with outside agencies as requested
  • AAC assessment
  • Social skills group

Individual Services

Licensed clinical psychologists offer: individualized assessment and/or treatment within the clinic setting. Consultative services are available upon request, as well as provision of professional development for other service providers/locations.

Psychologists serve individuals, regardless of age, who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder with or without a comorbid psychiatric diagnosis and those who have related mental health issues or behavior that impairs social and adaptive function.

Affected Areas Considered for Psychological Assessment/Treatment

  • Poor interpersonal relationships
  • Verbal or physical aggression
  • Mood dysregulation
  • Behavior difficulties
  • Rigid patterns of behavior or thinking
  • Inattention/hyperactivity
  • Anxiety/fears
  • Poor adjustment
  • Difficulty learning

Types of Psychotherapy Services Provided

  • Individual Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT):
    Therapeutic interventions to address rigid or dysfunctional patterns of thinking that lead to poor mood or adjustment
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
    Mindfulness based therapy (also referred to as Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to address mood regulation and/or impulsive and risky behavior
  • Parent Behavior Management Training:
    Training on contingency management to increase skill and diminish inattention, hyperactivity, and other difficult behavior
  • Family Therapy:
    Interventions designed to enhance family adjustment after a diagnosis of ASD
  • Differential Diagnosis:
    Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and other mental health disorders

Therapeutic summer camps are offered through the Southeast Autism Center. Camp Connect is an inclusive day camp offering traditional summer camp activities to individuals ages 5-21. Camp Social is a one-week, half-day intensive treatment summer camp using evidence-based cognitive behavioral and social cognition interventions to help individuals develop and practice social and executive functioning skills. Camp Social is offered to individuals ages 10-16.

Summer camps are sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Autism Project Parent Advisory Committee.

For additional information please contact the center at (573) 986-4985 or


(573) 986-4985
Physical Address
611 N. Fountain
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS9450
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701