Naturalistic Approach to ABA
WBC uses naturalistic approaches to therapy interventions that are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Pivotal Response Training. PRT is highly acclaimed, research-based intervention for individuals with autism. It aims to focus on pivotal areas of development including motivation, responsitivity to multiple cues, self-management, and social initiations. Focusing on these pivotal skills has shown to make widespread and generalized improvements in communication, social skills, and general behavior. The overarching goal of WBC is to move the child with autism to a more typically developing trajectory through individualized instruction based on the child’s interest and needs. To learn more about PRT approach please refer to the resources page for internet links.
Typical sessions are completed independently by the Behavior Technician. Best practice is 4-20 hours a week based on the needs of the child and family. The Program Manager, BCBA oversees the entire treatment plan, parent education, and team collaboration. To insure maximum growth the Program Manager will come to a session a week to observe the child and Behavior Technician or meet with the teacher/parent. Schedules will be determined during initial meeting.
Treatment plans are typically comprised of behavioral, language, social, play, and life skills goals. However, we are not limited to these aspects of development. Each treatment plan is developed after a child observation and parent interview. Both the Program Manager and Behavior Technician will come to the initial meeting to meet the child and family and discuss our plan moving forward. The initial meeting is a time to discuss needs and concerns but also meet our team and see if it is a good fit for your family. After the meeting we can decide collectively if we should move forward together. The meeting is typcially held in the clients home.
Typical Focus Areas
Through observation, parent and provider interviews, and the Autism Spectrum Reading Scales assessment we determine the needs of each child’s abilities and develop appropriate goals.
Behavior Regulation – Help children learn new, age appropriate skills in one-on-one training, follow directions, understand and manage emotions, and smooth transitions.
Social Skills – Help children learn critical social skills that they may be missing or are not picking up in the natural environment. We teach these skills by manipulating the natural environment so that they may learn to generalize the behavior. Key skills worked on include; initiating and responding to peers, turn taking, following directions, conflict resolution, social awareness, understanding non-verbal cues, emotional regulation, and conversational skills.
Language – Help non-verbal children gain communication skills by utilizing PRT first words program. This uses motivation to help children connect meaning to verbal or sign language. WBC also helps develop appropriate social language for children that are all ready verbal.