Anovus uses client centered, data driven, and scientifically verified methods to improve the lives of children and families. We work with family members to design a plan of intervention to manage difficult behaviors and to teach adaptive behaviors to children diagnosed with ASD, developmental disabilities and social emotional behavior issues.
“Anovus will enrich the lives of our clients and their families by replacing desperation with hope and confusion with guidance. Through an integrative model for providing wraparound services in diagnosis, treatment, education, and crisis intervention, we hold a vision of an empowered future for those we serve.”
Serving communities in Putnam and St. Johns Counties.
Anovus staff members use the methods of Applied Behavior Analysis to assess, teach, and evaluate the progress of children.
Our services are delivered via the ARM model.
James Bara — BA in Psychology
Mr. Bara is, first and foremost, the father of two beautiful children. His son, Yogi, was diagnosed with autism at age 4. The concept for Anovus and our Service Model was born out of the struggles his family faced in the years since that diagnosis. In addition, Mr. Bara is a business expert with 14 years experience in finance and management.
Frank C. Renew Jr. — BCBA, PhD in Psychology,
Program and Clinical Manager
Dr. Renew has been in the behavioral health field for 30 years. He’s created programs, trainings, and educational initiatives around the world, including Jordan, Ecuador, New England, and Florida. He has worked with a range of clients including young children and adults diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, foster children, and court referred children and adults. He has worked in schools, home based programs, institutions, group homes and prisons. Here at Anovus, Dr. Renew as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, conducts Functional Behavior Assessments, writes behavior plans and supervises clinical staff in the delivery of behavioral and mental health services.
After intake, our Anovus BCBA’s will review the diagnosis statement, IEP, and other documents. Then we will conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment to determine what factors affect the child’s problem behaviors.
In our area it often takes families months or years to finally get an appointment to have their child diagnosed so that they can proceed with the hard work of assembling the services the child needs. Anovus staff members are busy at work trying to implement an Arena style diagnostic and evaluation clinic.
The Arena is a planned observation process which typically involves: 1) A technician (who works directly with the child), 2) a higher-credentialed team member who serves as a coach to support the technician, provide cues for missed items, or reflect on what could be done to enhance the assessment; and 3) possibly one or more additional Treatment Team members who serve as the multidisciplinary “eyes and ears” if expertise from more than two backgrounds or fields is necessary. The family participates as additional observers and contributors. This approach allows team members to be involved in planning the assessment and observing the child in the assessment setting. The child interacts with just one adult rather than all members of the assessment team. Arena assessment allows for an interactive and integrated process across domains to get a holistic picture of the child. Further, it is much more efficient and timely than traditional diagnostic models, because rather than setting up multiple appointments and seeing multiple professionals over time, a child is exposed to one technician who is directed by a team consisting of some combination of the following: a BCBA, a neurologist, a pediatrician, a speech pathologist, an occupational therapist, or a clinical psychologist.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation, or PSR, is specifically designed for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. This includes individuals with:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Clinical Depression
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Various Conduct Disorders
- Various other mental health and emotional disorders
Individuals with mental health and emotional disorders can benefit greatly from a client-centric, unique, goal-oriented, proactive approach to rehabilitation. We have three pillars of educational therapy:
Proper communication is paramount for success in nearly every aspect of life. Our primary focus is on building appropriate communication skills in a variety of settings.
- Daily Living Skills
In an effort to improve quality of life and build toward a self-sustained future, we will train our recipients in basic living skills, including self-care, appropriate in- home behavior, and appropriate public conduct. Our secondary focus is on instilling these daily life skills in a manner in which the autistic can understand and succeed.
- Community Integration
Individuals with mental and emotional disorders often feel like outsiders. They are often marginalized and relegated to the sidelines of mainstream society. Our tertiary focus is on bringing our clients into the community and including them not as spectators, but as active participants in a variety of social, athletic, and academic experiences.
Applied Behavior Analysis has been shown to be the most effective treatment for children with autism and related disorders. Our Clinical Supervisor, Dr. Frank Renew, leads a staff that will identify areas of improvement, work in a 1 to 1 setting with a child, collect data on behaviors and skills, and and modify & improve those skills to help individuals lead a more full, productive life. From the Center for Autism: “Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior” (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991)
Local service providers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
- The Arc of the St. Johns
- St. Augustine Center for Living
- St. Johns County Dept. of Health and Human Services
- St. Johns County Dept. of Social Services