In our intensive ABA treatment programs, multiple family members, behavior instructors, school staff, and related professionals (e.g., speech therapists, occupational therapists, etc.) need to meet to review data on your child’s progress to update the behavior intervention plan. Behavior Frontiers runs these team meetings with your student’s behavior intervention team in order to promote consistency of the ABA intervention across all team members.
Through on-going collaboration, Behavior Frontiers promotes the integration of ABA methods across all professionals working with your child. Moreover, collaboration provides an opportunity for other professionals to share important information with the behavior intervention team.
ABA TRAINING PROGRAM SOLUTION
Our goal is for every child in our ABA treatment program to reach their maximum potential. We specifically use proven methods and highly trained staff members to give each child the best chance to have a successful future.
Treatment Delivery Model
We deliver our ABA treatment program through a team-based approach, in which both behavior supervisors and instructors work together to help each child reach his or her goals.
Services Provided by Our Behavior Supervisors:
Our behavior supervisors conduct functional assessments of problem behaviors through direct observation of your child and through interviews with caregivers. Behavior supervisors also conduct adaptive behavior assessments to guide the design of developmentally appropriate treatment objectives, which are individualized to meet your child’s unique needs.
Using the information from the assessments, our behavior supervisors design a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) describing the ABA interventions necessary to increase your child’s appropriate behaviors and reduce his or her problem behaviors.
Behavior supervisors provide both you and your child’s behavior intervention team with initial and on-going training regarding how to deliver your child’s BIP.
Also, your child’s behavior supervisor monitors the accurate and consistent delivery of your child’s BIP in order to ensure that your child is making optimal progress to reach his or her goals.
Our behavior supervisors incorporate feedback, observations, and data regarding your child’s progress in order to update your child’s BIP as necessary.
Your child’s behavior supervisor writes reports to document your child’s improvement on established goals and objectives.
Services Provided by Our Behavior Instructors:
Our behavior instructors implement your child’s behavior treatment program using a variety of ABA techniques, such as discrete trial teaching (DTT) and naturalistic teaching strategies (NATS) to increase your child’s appropriate behaviors and decrease his or her problem behaviors.
Also, our behavior instructors collect comprehensive and detailed data regarding your child’s progress and use this information on a day-to-day basis to advance your child’s ABA treatment program.
Comprehensive Treatment Methods
Behavior Frontiers uses a wide range of ABA methods so that we have many options to find the treatment that works best for your child’s individual needs. The following are some of the behavior change techniques we use:
Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
This method involves presenting your child with distinct learning opportunities in which his or her correct responses will be rewarded. For example, you could present a learning opportunity by saying, “Clap hands,” and then when your child correctly claps his or her hands, you could reward your child with praise, tickles, and a favorite treat. This simple interaction would likely increase your child’s ability to follow the instruction to clap his or her hands. DTT can be used to teach countless adaptive skills that can then be built-up into more complex and functional behaviors. A benefit of using DTT is that it allows your child to experience frequent success because the tasks are simple and clear. Also, with DTT your child receives a great deal of reinforcement to strengthen new skills.
Naturalistic Teaching Strategies (NATS)
Naturalistic teaching strategies use your child’s current interests and activities to guide instruction. These techniques involve either capturing or contriving learning opportunities that arise in your child’s natural, and oftentimes play-based, environment. For example, while playing with your child, you might notice him or her reaching for a preferred toy, such as a book. You could capture this learning opportunity by giving the instruction, “Say, ‘Book’.” Once your child attempts to say the word book, then you could reward him or her with praise and by reading your child the book. An advantage of this technique is that your child may display very few negative behaviors since his or her current motivation is used to teach new skills. Additionally, since NATS occurs in the natural context, it promotes generalization of appropriate behaviors.
Verbal Behavior (VB)
A verbal behavior approach views language as learned behavior that involves social interaction between speakers and listeners. Specifically, it describes how people communicate with each other for a variety of different reasons. For example, your child may say the word, “Cookie,” in order to get a cookie, or because he or she sees a cookie, or because you asked your child, “What is your favorite food?” By understanding this verbal behavior framework, you and your child’s behavior intervention team can use ABA methods to teach your child to communicate with others in a variety of situations.
Other Treatment Methods:
Prompting & Fading
Shaping, Chaining, & Task Analysis
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
Interventions to Reduce Problem Behaviors
Comprehensive Treatment Curriculum
Behavior Frontiers treatment curriculum includes over one thousand lessons to teach children with autism and other disabilities the adaptive behaviors they need in a variety of developmental areas. When your child learns to engage in new appropriate behaviors, he or she will be able to get reinforcers in acceptable ways and will no longer need to use problem behaviors to get his or her needs met.
In particular, our treatment curriculum includes interventions to increase behaviors in the areas of socialization, communication, self-care, health and safety, community use, play, executive functioning, theory of mind, and more. At the same time, our treatment program includes interventions to reduce or eliminate problem behaviors, such as self-stimulatory behaviors, preoccupations, non-compliance, tantrums, running away, self-injurious behavior, aggression, property destruction, and more.
LOCATIONS OF ABA TREATMENT PROGRAM
Depending on your child’s specific needs and associated goals, Behavior Frontiers clinical staff members are able to provide his or her ABA treatment program in a variety of settings. For instance, behavior instructors can implement your child’s BIP in home, school, clinic, and community settings. Also, within the school setting, we can provide treatment to your child in various classroom placements, such as general education or special education classrooms. In all situations, our goal is to help your child to meet his or her goals and to be able to function independently in the given setting.
Please contact us to learn more about how Behavior Frontiers’ ABA treatment program can benefit your child and improve the quality of life for your family.