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Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. provides a full range of community-based services for individuals with special needs.  Whether those needs are behavioral, instructional or habilitative.  We have the skills, the experience, and the dedication to effect positive outcomes.

From Early
Childhood to

Adult Services

 

Our associates work with children, adolescents and adults, providing the services and supports that suit their particular challenges in life.  

 

From developmental programs to specialized therapies, from socialization through vocational training and job counseling, we offer not only a wide range of services, but a continuum of integrated services, as needed.

What's more, we are continually developing new services.  Our pledge is that whatever the individual - or the family -needs in the way of instruction, counseling, personal support or other assistance, we'll strive to make it happen.

Anywhere.

Anytime.

At Paula Teacher & Associates, we remain fully committed to providing services in the individual's own environment.

We take our services into homes, alternate living arrangements, schools and workplaces throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.  We also involve family, caregivers and others as appropriate, and make every effort to fit our visits into their schedules.  More broadly, we take our services out into the community and network with resources there to tap into available support systems.

To deliver services, we work closely with - and have service contracts with - many private agencies throughout the region, as well as base services units, managed care organizations and government offices: county, state and federal.

New Ideas.

Innovative Services.

Measurable Results

Home &

Community Habilitation

This service is designed to assist individuals

  with acquiring, improving and maintaining self-help skills in home and community settings.

Vocational Services

Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. is an organization that assists individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities in securing employment within their community.

We conduct a skill and interest assessment with each applicant and assist them in identifying the type of work they are most interested in and identify the skills necessary to perform that work.  We provide the potential employee with skills training and assist them in securing employment.

Benefits for Employers

  • A dedicated employee who is ready, willing and able to work.

  • An employee who will show up for work.

  • An employee who is willing to learn.

  • On the job support for the new employee and employer.

  • On the job training.

  • Guaranteed satisfaction with job performance.

Vocational Specialists remain with the employee on the job until the employer is satisfied with the work quality and production level of the newly hired employee.  Job support is also able to return in the event job duties change or performance issues occur, in order to return to maximum job performance.

Day Works Adult Training Facility
A New Experience for Attaining Independence! Breaking the Mold for Adult Training Facilities. 

Our mission is to work with participants to achieve greater independence in all aspects of daily living.

 

This state-licensed Chapter 2380 program is located at our Greensburg facility.  This program is licensed for approximately 25 individuals.  

Some of the focuses of The Day Works program: 

  • Daily living

  • Health & well-being

  • Computer / iPad skills

  • Socialization skills

  • Recreational skills

The goal-based learning activities are personalized to individual skills, likes, and needs.

This inviting, at-home atmosphere creates a positive environment that enriches their overall experience.

In addition, individuals can also participate in our Community Participation Supports program, which allows them to explore their community, volunteer at local organizations, and work on social, leisure, and money skills.

Creative Production Center

We offer a state-licensed Chapter 2390 program at our Greensburg facility that supports approximately 60 individuals. The program was designed to help participants learn the skills necessary to obtain competitive employment. The individuals in this program have "contract work" and are paid for a portion of their day.  The primary contract is making and selling greeting cards using rubber stamps and decorating techniques.  They are provided opportunities for not only generating the cards but designing and marketing the product. Other work opportunities include Clerical, Computer knowledge, and Custodial Services. The individuals can also participate in our Community Participation Supports program where they have can explore their community, volunteer at local organizations, and work on social, leisure, and money skills. Multiple staff members work together to ensure that all individual needs are met.  This program requires staff to comply with both the ODP regulations as well as state licensing regulations.

Educational Skills:

Job Applications/Mock Interviews

Job Task Analysis

Proper Conduct at work

Socialization Skills

Sign Language

Money Management

Healthy Choices

Home and Community Habilitation

Home and Community services are provided to individuals who either live independently in their own apartments or who live with family members.  This service requires staff to transport individuals into the community.  The focus of the service is to teach individuals skills as outlined in their individual support plan.  There are many different areas that may be addressed including but not limited to:

  • Daily living skills

  • Cooking

  • Cleaning

  • Hygiene and grooming

  • Budgeting

  • Sorting mail

  • Community integration

  • Shopping

  • Volunteering

  • Health & safety

  • Exercise

  • Meal planning

  • Community safety skills

  • Scheduling & attending Doctor appointments

  • Socialization skills

  • Communication skills

Intensive Behavioral Health Services

Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. is a licensed Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Applied Behavior Analysis provider.  Services are similar to the former Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) with the emphasis on utilizing ABA techniques.  We offer services in both Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties funded by Community Care Behavioral Health and Beacon Health Options and/or private insurance if Act 62 eligible.  Services must be authorized by a managed care organization.  IBHS is intensive in nature and often involves in-home support multiple sessions per week with the client and parent or caregiver.  Services may also be authorized for settings such as school or daycare depending on the specific needs of the child.

Applied Behavior Analysis

​Our organization specializes in the provision of Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA.     Our services consist of well-structured behavioral programs utilizing an individualized approach to treatment.  Behavior programs incorporate family and caregiver training to teach those close to the individual how to support and sustain the new socially significant skills. IBHS-ABA consists of the following staff/services:

 

Behavior Analyst

​Our Behavior Analysts have extensive training and hands-on experience in Applied Behavior Analysis and have a current BCBA certification. Behavior Analysts conduct a full spectrum of behavioral assessments based on what is most appropriate for each person. They work alongside our families to identify and customize goals for each child using evidenced-based interventions and family values-based approaches. Individualized treatment plans and programs are developed to promote skill acquisition. Our Behavior Analysts work closely with the Clinical Director and Behavior Health Technician along with family members and caregivers during the implementation of the plan. Data is collected during each therapy session and progress is evaluated on an ongoing basis.

 

Behavior Consultant- Applied Behavior Analysis (BC-ABA)

​Our Behavior Consultants (formerly known as BSC) have experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis.  They customize programs to each learner's skills, needs, interests, preferences, and family situation. A detailed assessment of each person’s skills and preferences is conducted.

The individual treatment plan breaks down each of these skills into small, concrete steps. The BC-ABA is responsible for teaching the Behavior Health Technician (BHT-ABA) how to implement the plan to teach relevant skills while decreasing maladaptive behaviors. Progress is measured by collecting and assessing data in each therapy session.

 

Behavior Health Technician- Applied Behavior Analysis (BHT-ABA)

​Our BHT-ABA is the direct staff (formerly known as TSS) who works one-on-one with the child.  Our staff are scheduled to work at the convenience of the child and family and during times when instruction is most needed.  The BHT-ABA teaches each step of the skill as designed in the program.   They work with the child on acquiring, developing, and increasing social engagement and independent living skills, and increasing interaction in community and home settings. The BHT collects data on goals identified in the Individual Treatment Plan to measure progress and fine-tune programming.  

Adult Behavior Support Services

 

Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. is a licensed ODP/AAW provider.  Behavior Support Services are offered to adults with ODP waiver, Adult Autism Waiver or private funds.  We offer services in both Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.  We emphasize Positive Behavior Practices.

Behavior Support Services are designed to focus on specific, targeted goals so that clients can be maintained in their home and community setting.  Through Behavior Support Services, clients will develop skills needed for greater independence.  Behavior Support Staff provide direct and indirect services including assessments, development of a behavior support plan with interventions and strategies based upon the assessment as well as a crisis plan.  Behavior Support staff will transfer behavior interventions and teach skills to the client, family or caregivers. 

 

How to Obtain Behavior Support Services

  • Contact your ODP Supports Coordinator or AAW Service Coordinator. 

  • A Behavior Specialist will be matched with the individual based on geographical area.  The Behavior Specialist will complete a Behavioral Assessment to best determine what specific interventions and supports are needed. 

  • Behavior Support Services and specific behavior goals will be added to the ISP as determined by the assessment