Acquisition Rooms

These are small rooms for one-to-one or two-to-one instruction.  The small size and layout of the room helps to increase concentration and reduce distractions.

ABA STAGES OF THERAPY FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Beginning Stages

Involves getting to know your child.  It is critical to establish a warm, playful and reinforcing social relationship.  To help accomplish this goal the first month of therapy emphasizes identification and establishment of reinforces.  The “mand” (child’s ability to request desired items) is critical to get early in therapy.  In order to get the “mand” it is essential to determine your child’s likes and dislikes.

Learning to learn” is also a critical component of the beginning stages.  Your child will learn that cooperation with requests will result in immediate and frequent rewards.  This further entails acquiring skills such as sitting and paying attention, remaining on-task in the teaching situation, being responsive to instruction, learning how to process feedback and understand cause and effect.

Middle Stages

Involves learning specific communication, play, self-help and social skills.  Complex concepts are broken down into a series of steps that will be taught systematically.  As the child movies through the program, there will be individualized adjustment of the curriculum to meet your child’s needs.  With further generalization therapy is done in a natural environment as often as possible with the goal of increasing the child’s ability to learn and function in all settings.  Children are usually introduced to the school setting at this time.

Advanced Stages

Involves progressively making therapy more natural and increasing the ability to generalize to the everyday environment .  Working on more subtle social and play skills is often a component of this stage.  Focusing on social skills is a must.  Students transition to larger group instruction that more closely replicates a larger classroom.

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