This is a center-based program that utilizes one-on-one instruction for children with autism. We utilize empirically validated techniques based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help children “learn how to learn.” Children can enroll in the program for a 1/2 day or full day session.
Part time enrollment is either in the morning (8:30 am – 11:30 am) or in the afternoon (12:30 pm – 3:30 pm), three hours a day, five days a week.
Full time children attend the center from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday.
We also offer a lunch-time period from 11:30-12:30 for both full-time and part-time children. The child will still receive one-on-one attention with a trained staff and goals will be implemented individualized to the child’s needs.
Children are assigned to one of the Center’s dedicated staff that works with them throughout the session. The children rotate through the staff to promote generalization. Every child has an individualized program book that is created especially for him/her based on the results of the assessment, behaviors, and outside program involvement (if the child attends school part-time, sees a speech therapist, etc, we want to coordinate our program to maximize the efficiency of all of the child’s activities). We also take into account the short- and long-term goals of the family.
Examples of content areas that we may target are: receptive language, behavior, imitation, vocalizations, manding (requesting), tacting (labeling), intraverbals (conversation), grammar, play, socialization, group instruction, generalized responding, reading, writing, spelling, math, daily living skills, and gross and fine motor skills.
Data is taken throughout the day. We track every potential learning opportunity that the children have during the day. The staff then graphs all of the data at the end of each day so that we have an immediate visual of the child’s progress. The Clinical Director monitors the programs data on a consistent basis to determine if any changes need to be made.
Daily Progress Reports (DPRs) are sent home at the end of every day. Parents also have the opportunity to meet with the Clinical Director to go over their child’s entire program book and to discuss strategies for transferring what the children are learning to other environments.