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Support Services through DDD

(21+ Years Old)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is a division of the Department of Human Services (DHS). In 2016, Sidekicks was approved as a provider of services under the Supports Program. Currently Sidekicks provides Community Based Supports to individuals in need of continued supports to accomplish daily tasks and successfully access their community.

Many of the individuals served through Sidekicks enjoy going out into the community to take in a movie, go bowling, shop for necessities, or enjoy the local arts. Others seek assistance around their home where Sidekicks can offer support to clean, prepare meals, or balance a checkbook. Sidekicks works with each individual to create specific goals that assist them in becoming active and successful members of their community.

Sidekicks is currently approved to provide the following services through the Supports Program: Community Base Services, Career Planning, Prevocational Services, Supported Employment Services and Behavior Supports.

Working closely with Support Coordination agencies and families, we have created a successful and growing service spanning 7 counties in New Jersey.

ABA Therapy – Applied Behavior Analysis

(4-21 Years Old)

Our ABA program is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree.

We take this approach and create custom programs to promote learning, growth, life skills and independence. This is done through assessment, behavior intervention plans, direct therapy and training for family members. Each individual’s skills, abilities, current level of functioning and behaviors are all used to develop a program for his or her specific needs.

We maintain a supportive relationship with families to provide assistance and direction for implementing techniques and strategies in the home. The programs we employ are designed to be fun and enjoyable to encourage our individuals to participate and learn at the same time. We also look for opportunities in the community to foster this learning.

Sidekicks has Board Certified Behavioral Analysts on staff to provide ABA services.

Currently, we accept Horizon BCBS and Aetna Insurance for ABA services. If you are a Horizon BCBS or Aetna member and interested in ABA services, please submit the following information to our Office Manager at info@SidekicksSupport.com

  • • Copy of front and back of your insurance card
  • • Member name
  • • Name of person services are for
  • • Date of birth
  • • Address
  • • Phone number

Individual Support Services Through DCF

(21 Years Old & Under)

Sidekicks provides Individual Support Services through PerformCare and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

To learn more about becoming eligible for services, visit: PerformCareNJ or call PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624.

Individual Support Services assists youth with acquiring, retaining, improving and generalizing the behavioral, self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to function successfully in the home and community.

Individual support services are behavioral, self-care and habilitative related tasks performed and/or supervised by Sidekicks staff in a youth’s family home, the home of a relative or in other community-based settings, in accordance with approved treatment plans.

These supports include behavioral supports and training, adaptive skill development, assistance with activities of daily living, and community inclusion that assist the youth to reside in the most integrated setting appropriate to his/her needs.

These services will support the acquisition, generalization and maintenance of goal attainment in home and community settings; build on adaptive functioning skills and pragmatic communication skills. The service will focus primarily on the use of Positive Behavioral Supports; instruction in activities of daily living tasks such as, eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, bathing, and transferring; and instruction in instrumental activities of daily living which includes, but is not limited to, meal planning and preparation, managing finances, shopping for food, clothing, and other essential items, performing essential household chores, communicating by phone or other media, and traveling around and participating in the community.

1) Positive Behavior Support (PBS) accomplishes the following:

  • • Understand why the behavior is happening
  • • Teach the individual how to act more appropriately
  • • Improve the individual’s quality of life.

2) PBS combines the assessment and intervention strategies of ABA with the social values of personal choice, independence, community integration, systems change, and quality of life. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are defined as needed skills related to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both. Basic ADLs (BADLs) skill building (all ages): BADLs consist of self-care tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • • Bathing and showering
  • • Dressing
  • • Eating
  • • Personal hygiene and grooming (including washing hair and brushing teeth)
  • • Toilet hygiene

3) Instrumental ADLs skill building (age 16 and over): Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are not necessary for fundamental functioning, but they enable an individual to live independently in a community and include, but are not limited to:

  • • Housework
  • • Managing money
  • • Shopping for groceries or clothing
  • • Use of telephone or other form of communication
  • • Using technology (as applicable)
  • • Transportation within the community

These services are provided as part of an approved individualized in-home service plan and encompass a variety of behavioral intervention supports and services.

Speech Therapy Services

(4-21 Years Old)

Sidekicks provides in-home services in Speech/Language Pathology. Our Speech/Language Pathologists can assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of speech and language needs.

The following is a summary from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) of the areas that our therapists can assess and treat.

  • Speech sounds
    How we say sounds and put sounds together into words. Other words for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech , or dysarthria.

  • Language
    How well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking. In adults this problem may be called aphasia.

  • Literacy
    How well we read and write. People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling, and writing.

  • Social Communication
    How well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people, or how close to stand to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics.

  • Voice
    How our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose our voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.

  • Fluency
    Which is also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table, use "um" or "uh," or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.

  • Cognitive-communication
    How well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.

  • Feeding and swallowing
    How well we suck, chew, and swallow food and liquid. A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss, and other health problems. This is also called dysphagia.

Currently we accept Horizon, Aetna, United and Magnacare and qualcare insurance for Speech therapy. If your individual is in need of speech services please send us the following information to our e-mail address info@SidekicksSupport.com to get the process started.

  • • Copy of front and back of your insurance card
  • • Member name
  • • Name of person services are for
  • • Date of birth
  • • Address
  • • Phone number

Mentorship and Companionship Services

(4+ Years Old)

Social networks and social interactions are key elements of happiness, health and prosperity. By providing mentors and companions, we envision individuals having the opportunity to enjoy daily activities and community offerings. We envision parents having extra supports around the home or when needing to tend to personal and professional needs.

Our Sidekicks:

  • • Assure an individual’s safety and well-being
  • • Offer companionship and encouragement
  • • Participate in games, activities, arts and crafts
  • • Engage in recreational activities that are available in the community
  • • Assist with daily living skills
  • • Can provide supervision when parents need to tend to personal or professional needs
  • • Will be role model figures
  • • Will engage in meaningful conversation

Activities that may be meaningful to the individual include, but are not limited to: Playing games, playing with toys, arts and crafts, listening to music, performing hobbies, adhering to a daily schedule, preparing meals, exercise, riding bikes, schoolwork, apparel selection, meaningful conversation, bedtime stories, coloring, help with money counting, reading and looking at magazines, exploring the internet.

Recreational Activities:
Activities that may be meaningful to the individual include, but are not limited to: Movies, restaurants, shopping malls, zoos, aquariums, libraries, the park, places of worship, trips to the grocery store and at entertainment events (sports, plays, carnivals, festivals, etc.)

Assistance with Daily Living:

  • A. Self-Care:
    Dressing and undressing (pants, shirt, shoes, socks); toilet training; showering, and bathing; caring for hair, nails, and teeth; washing hands and face; eating assistance; and bedtime preparation.
  • B. Care of Home:
    Cleaning sink, mirror and toilet; washing windows; making bed; setting the table and cleaning up after meals; emptying the trash; loading and unloading dishwasher; vacuuming, sweeping; dusting, tidying and organizing; washing, drying, folding, sorting and putting away clothes.