Direct intervention is most often a family's first experience with ABA and is where the bulk of your child's treatment will be delivered.
In Direct Intervention (or 1:1, as it's often called), your child's therapist will come to your home or work with your child in a clinic setting. The therapist will spend the initial phase of therapy building rapport, establishing contingencies and setting age-appropriate boundaries. Gradually, your therapist, with the oversight of your child's supervisor and BCBA, will begin teaching skills based on your child's individual needs. As your child makes progress, goals will evolve to meet their current needs.
School shadowing can take on a variety of forms. Sometimes a student engages in behaviors that interfere with their ability to learn in a traditional school setting. In these cases, our staff will assess student needs with collaboration with school personnel. We develop goals and objectives to keep the student successful in the school setting. In some cases, students can attend school and complete work almost entirely independently, but they struggle with the social aspects of the day. Our staff can maximize social learning opportunities in the school setting to keep your child's school experience positive and fulfilling.
Social Skills Teaching
Our social skills groups are carefully crafted to ensure each student not only benefits from the peers in the group but also brings qualities to the group that will benefit others. In our social skills groups, students will work in small groups of same-age peers with social skills group leaders to facilitate lessons. At ACG, we teach complex social skills using the evidence-based teaching procedure, Teaching Interactions (TIs). With this method, students will be systematically taught a skill and then given opportunities to practice that skill in the group setting.
Our program design starts with a Functional Behavior Assessment. During this process, you will meet with one of our BCBAs, who will gather information from you regarding your concerns about your child. The BCBA will conduct a series of observations with your child. The purpose of this assessment is to identify the functions of your child's maladaptive behaviors so that a function-based treatment plan can be developed.