Monmouth Beach Cognitive Skills

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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

Through the science of applied behavior analysis,

we look forward to sharing in the autism journey

with you and your child.

What is behavioral therapy?

Behavioral therapy (also known as Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA) is the application of principles and procedures derived from the science of human behavior used to help people form adaptive behaviors and meaningful relationships, effectively communicate, and optimally learn. ABA can refer to many different procedures and has been used to help several different populations including typically developing children and adults, as well as children and adults with varying diagnoses and disabilities.

 

How can my child benefit from behavioral therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis)?

Typically developing children learn naturally and with ease from the environment they live in without the use of interventions. In this way, the environment they live in provides the necessary and sufficient conditions to learn foundational skills such as: imitation skills, language skills, play skills, and social skills. On the other hand, children with autism learn considerably less from their environments than typically developing children such that normal experiences that teach typically developing children, very often do not effectively teach children with autism. It often takes a very structured learning environment where conditions are optimized for acquiring the same skills that typically developing children learn naturally. Creating this optimal learning environment allows behavior analysts and therapists to teach children with autism the necessary foundational skills for learning and developing language skills.

 

Why choose ELTC?

We understand each child, regardless of developmental disability, is different in the way they learn best. With this knowledge, Empowered Learning Transformation Centers customizes specific behavior programs based on a child’s needs, not just on what works for other children. We also believe in a well-rounded approach that includes using many different procedures in a child’s program in order to improve the quality of life for our clients and their families. The programs will be constantly adjusted based on the extensive data tracked throughout the child’s day. In addition, due to our facility size, we are able to provide learning across a variety of settings in our one-on-one therapy and social group therapy. Typical ABA procedures at Children’s Autism Center include:

 

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) is a particular arrangement of ABA services used with children with Autism. EIBI typically consists of 20-40 hours per week of individualized interventions for children with autism who begin treatment at the age of four years or younger and who usually continue for 2-3 years. EIBI is a promising intervention with considerable scientific support.

 

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

Discrete trial training (DTT) is a one-to-one instructional approach used to teach skills in a planned, controlled, and systematic manner. DTT is used when a learner needs to learn a skill best taught in small repeated steps. Each trial or teaching opportunity has a definite beginning and end, thus the descriptor discrete trial. Within DTT, the use of antecedents and consequences is carefully planned and implemented. Positive praise and/or tangible rewards are used to reinforce desired skills or behaviors. Data collection is an important part of DTT and supports decision making by providing teachers/practitioners with information about beginning skill level, progress and challenges, skill acquisition and maintenance, and generalization of learned skills or behaviors.

 

DTT has been shown to have positive effects on children’s academic, cognitive, communication/language, social, and behavioral skills. DTT can also be used to teach attending, imitation, and symbolic play skills.

 

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