THERAPY LASTS 8 HOURS EACH DAY. EVERY MINUTE BRINGS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH OUR CLIENTS.
At APC we combine a variety of settings which provide a balanced program that maximizes the rate of learning for our students.
Montessori school is in the morning, until noon.
The program for your client is designed from initial assessments that pinpoint communication deficits. APC therapists follow the Montessori philosophy of letting the child discover on their own, as much as possible.
After school is a time to focus on gross motor deficits and social skills.
The activities should be fun to give our students a break after school. Taking turns and learning conversation skills, as well as becoming more physically coordinated are the focus of this time.
Lunch and nap is an ideal time to teach manners and early life skills.
The client should be encouraged to complete any part of getting their lunch as they are able. Your student might have a target on opening and closing jars or baggies, for instance. This can be easily practiced and recorded at this time.
The traditional way to teach during ABA therapy is called Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT). DTT is a fast-paced presentation of stimuli to help develop quickness in the thought process.
DTT uses errorless teaching so the student does not practice a wrong answer. Prompts are given before it appears the client will produce the wrong response. Reinforcers are present and used often when a new target is introduced. As the skill becomes easy more must be produced before the reinforcer is presented. As the relationship develops between you and your student, time with you becomes a reinforcer.
Denise Dufresne Hubble, MA, BCBA
Karen Lake, MA, Therapist trader