Social deficits and impairments are a common feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (Dogan, King, Fischetti, Lake, Mathews, and Warzak, 2017; and Thompson, 2015). With these deficits acquisition of social skills can be a prolonged process. It can also cause worry for families and caretakers that their loved one may not be able to develop personal relationships in the future. Some examples of social difficulty are initiating interactions, responding to initiation, maintaining eye contact, sharing common hobbies and enjoyment, reading nonverbal cues, taking perspective, understanding and using speech prosody and non-literal language (White, Keonig, and Scahill, 2006). This can seem like a daunting list, but there are empirically validated interventions that have yielded positive results in increasing social skills (Peters and Thompson, 2015; Dogan et. al, 2017).
The Shape offers in-school ABA for children with special needs in inclusive settings. These services have been developed by experienced BCBAs who have provided successful inclusion services in educational settings for many years.
Due to inherent social deficits associated with many disabilities, learning in an inclusive setting can be stressful without support and use of applied behavior analysis. Often a child with special needs' aberrant behavior is the fastest way to express their frustrations that remove them from the instructional environment. They may need individualized support and motivation to engage socially or need help with:
- Social cues & nonverbal language
- Individualized motivation
- Making friends
- Staying on task
- Stress reduction in social situations
- Perspective taking
- Shadowing assessment
The Shape of Behavior conducts initial assessments and interviews for children who require in school ABA.
The Shape's In-School ABA Services
After passing the criteria for acceptance, a transitional registered behavior technician (RBT), an individual trained in the application of applied behavior analysis techniques in educational settings, accompanies your child to a private or public school. Advanced therapy skills, programming, and monitoring are just a part of the many things critical for success.
The Shape in-school ABA process has been successful for over a decade with many students with autism now functioning independently in general education classes. We understand the skills necessary for learning in inclusive settings and we are able to monitor progress and shape social success for maximum independence.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Supervision
A BCBA with educational experience will oversee the in-school ABA program for your child. Parents and teachers are free to consult with the BCBA for tips and advice for promoting independence and success in a school setting. This consultation may include:
- Monthly consults
- Monthly ABA reports with data
- Training for school & teachers
- Parent training
Call today 866-437-2165 to see if your child qualifies for The Shape's in-school ABA program!