All instruction and activities at Autism Building Blocks follow
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a Verbal Behavior (VB) component.
The VB component of ABA was derived from B.F. Skinner’s 1957 publication, Verbal Behavior and focuses on teaching the child how to communicate with others by first teaching the child how to make requests to get his/her needs met. When children learn to get their desires met by verbalizing, more channels of communication open up, such as labeling, commenting, asking questions, and engaging in conversations. VB-MAPP is an assessment tool we use to help assess a child’s expressive language. It first establishes a baseline level for a child and then, provides a framework off which we can begin tracking language and skill acquisition. The integrative approach of ABA with VB enables us to delve deeper into a child’s skill sets and impact them through individualized programming.
Another assessment we use is The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABBLS). It provides an extensive review of 544 skills including language, social interaction, self-help, academic and motor skills. The information obtained from both assessments allows both the team and parents to identify where the child’s deficits and strengths lie. For basic living, community and home skills we use The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS). We also rely upon Discrete Trial Training (DTT) when a child needs practice and repetition of certain skills. DTT is a common approach used in ABA because it involves breaking a skill into successive steps, teaching each part to mastery, and thereby facilitating a child to succeed in a natural environment. Essentially, a child is reinforced for practicing and learning prerequisite skills so these skills can generalize to a natural setting. Ultimately, our comprehensive style is implemented to promote a fun, creative, and motivating learning environment for our children.