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Methods that Matter

Creative, Engaging Therapy

Creativity is the engine of our therapy. We believe creative, engaging therapy keeps kids interested and staff motivated.
Learning disguised as play reduces pre-existing apprehension to learning. By reducing barriers to learning such as apprehension, lack of interest, or anxiety, we set the state for future opportunities to be seen as fun.
We specialize in naturalistic teaching, which embeds learning trials into a child's natural interest and activities.

Skill Transfer That Works

We support a learning environment where children with autism learn in a way that truly imitates how their peers learn from their environment.
We teach children how to learn from their environment, a skill that their typically developing peers already have. Adding additional support to a child's natural learning environment helps a child learn in a way that is similar to peers, while maintaining the support needed for learning deficits.
We specialize in a variety of methodologies including Naturalistic Teaching, Fluency Based Instruction, and Discrete Trial Training amongst others. We evaluate which teaching methodology is best for the learner, skill being taught, and context in order to maximize program individualization.

Teaching Self Advocacy

Making sure children are safe and feel safe is our top priority.
We believe it is important for children to be able to appropriately communicate safety concerns, as well as their learning preferences. We believe it is important for children to be able to express what they do and do not like.
Just as we use data as feedback on what is and is not working with our clients, the client's expressed opinion also matters to us. Our motto is "the learner is always right". By this we mean that their opinion, regardless of how they communicate it to us is valuable and we use it to teach us how to better teach them. If they don't like what we are teaching, then there must be something wrong- is it too hard, do we not have the correct motivation, is the instruction unclear.
When children communicate to us what isn't working for them, we honor it, and change our teaching methodologies to ensure that they are willing to participate. We teach them Self Advocacy statements to better inform us of their thoughts.

The Resilience Children Need

We believe in teaching children to explore their world and take on new adventures. We believe children with autism can be brave.
Through teaching self advocacy, we give children tools to try new things and explore new interests. When children have the language to advocate if they want to end the activity, they feel safe trying new things.
Regardless of the client's communication modality, Self Advocacy and the emotional response to our interventions are closely monitored and modified based on our clients feedback. While honoring these needs, we also work to develop clients' resilience, or their ability to tolerate more in their environments for those times when they will need to do an activity that they aren't that fond of.

The Right Tools

ABA therapy is the most effective evidence-based treatment for Autism and is recommended by physicians, the American Psychological Association, and the US Surgeon General. ABA is not dependent on a single teaching strategy, but an individualized blend of teaching methods catered to the learners needs.

Precison Teaching

Precision Teaching is used to ensure we meet our learners where they are at with all skills, and systematically increase the complexity of the instruction as the data shows they are ready.

Fluency Based Instruction

Fluency Based Instruction is used during ABA therapy to promote high rates of responding which leads to fluency across skills and efficiency in teaching for children with Autism.

Naturalistic Teaching

Naturalistic Teaching is used as a component of our ABA therapy programs to make teaching and learning fun for children with Autism, as well as to imbed teaching trials into natural environment activities.

Visual Analysis

The Standard Celeration Chart allows us to see an overall learning picture to truly individualize and monitor goal progress. Visual analysis allows us to easily see changes and fluctuation in real-time, allowing for immediate intervention.