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PLS works with kids of all ages who are enrolled in public, private or home educational programs through ABA Therapy, Social Skills classes and Summer and Winter Bridge camp programs.

Often parents will seek our services if their child is experiencing difficulties in school with peers, or if they’re getting calls or notes sent home from teachers regarding behaviors of concern. Maybe they’re not fitting in or having trouble at social gatherings.  PLS partners with parents and teachers to design and oversee solutions to disruptive classroom behaviors, verbal or physical aggression, property destruction and more.

When children are rejected or isolated, we help them learn how to regulate their emotions, to respond appropriately to teasing or bullying, and to navigate their social world. There’s no greater joy we share with parents than when children receive invitations to parties and can successfully attend, or when they can go to community events, places or other social gatherings together as a family without stress.

  • Tantrums
  • Defiance/Task Refusal
  • Difficulty Transitioning
  • Calling out/Disrupting Class
  • Social Interactions
  • Physical Aggression
  • Self-Stimulatory Behaviors that interfere with learning
  • Difficulty Attending (Paying Attention)
  • Self-Injury
  • Toileting/Self Care
  • Parenting Skills for Challenging Behaviors

PLS also offers various Social Skills classes and the Summer and Winter Bridge camp programs for kids various ages.

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

What is ABA?
ABA Therapy uses basic behavioral practices (positive reinforcement, repetition, and prompting) to facilitate the development of language, positive skills and social behavior, as well as to help reduce everyday social problems and serious behavior disorders.
Our Approach
We work with all ages, from toddlers to teens, to provide one-on-one therapy at home, in our center, and in the community. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) design and oversee function-based treatments associated with the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

SOCIAL SKILLS - PEERS®

As a certified PEERS® Provider, we teach young adults and teens the skills for making and keeping friends. We provide instruction and practice in important techniques for handling conflict, entering and exiting conversations, using humor and more.

Topics include:

♦ How to use appropriate conversational skills
​♦ How to be a good host during get-togethers
♦ How to find common interests by trading information
♦ How to make phone calls to friends
♦ How to appropriately use humor
♦ How to choose appropriate friends
♦ How to enter and exit conversations between peers
♦ How to be a good sport
♦ How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
♦ How to handle arguments and disagreements
♦ How to handle rumors and gossip
​♦ How to change a bad reputation

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Proactive Life Skills
13121 Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32225
(904) 491-2111

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