Teaching Model - Autism Program & Language Development Program
Our curriculum is based on The ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills) manual and the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) which incorporate both the principles outlined in Skinner's Verbal Behavior and additional skill areas found in research that are required in order for mastery and complete language development. The manuals includes an extensive list of skill areas including communication, cooperation, play, academics, and self-help. Using this manual, we develop an individualized program for each child targeting different skill areas and as each skill is mastered new skills are introduced. The curriculum is developmentally sequenced and implementation is based on progress of the child.
Teaching Model - Behavior Intervention Program
A Functional Behavior Assessment is first conducted through parent interview, data collection, and direct observations. From there an individualized behavior intervention plan/program is developed. Target behaviors are identified and targeted for acceleration and deceleration. All staff and family members are trained in specific interventions in order to teach appropriate replacement behaviors, teach a functionally equivalent response, appropriate communication, and extinguish the undesired behaviors. The behavior intervention program can be run and implemented during center-based direct instruction, during peer social groups and play groups, in home, and in school.
Consultative Services - In Home, In Clinic, In Community
We provide direct teaching and training on daily living skills, communication skills, functional communication training for teaching replacement behaviors, job skills, and life skills within the home, clinic, and community based settings. We train home school teachers, private family therapists or assistants, teachers, and parents with the necessary skills needed to build independence. Skills taught include a variety of life skills taught with a purpose to teach independence and build the necessary requirements for further development into young adulthood. These services are scheduled on an as need basis and are coordinated with the parents.
All of our teachings and programs are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Applied Behavior Analysis
- One-on-one instruction
- Group instruction
- Social skills training
- Data collection
- Structured environment
- Motivation of the child
- Teaching to mastery
- Utilizing reinforcement
- Assessment of skills and deficits
- Discrete Trials Training (DTT)
- Natural Environment Training (NET)
- Breaking down skills
- Prompting and fading procedures
- Interspersion of trials
- Academic skills