When your child is welcomed into the Abacus circle, we take the time to get to know and understand him or her and their challenges and behaviours. We believe it is very important to listen to the family and to discuss and understand your child’s needs.
In an Abacus Program skills are taught using principles of ABA including discrete trial teaching and task analysis. We believe a successful ABA program is primarily built on the recognition of the individuality and uniqueness of every student. Through discussion with the parents and observation of the student, our Clinical Director carries out a thorough assessment. From there a customised, highly structured and comprehensive program is designed to best meet the student’s needs according to their learning style. Assessment of the student’s age and development, the number of weekly teaching hours and any family goals regarding the child’s functioning within the home environment are all taken into account when determining the aims and strategies of the curriculum.
Based on functional behaviour assessments, a behavioural intervention is developed to address the function of a behaviour through proactive teaching strategies designed to reduce or increase the specific behaviour. The program is carried out in intensive three hour one–to–one therapy sessions in which the therapists use ABA techniques such as Discrete Trial Teaching, where skills are broken down into small sequential steps and then built back up again. The student is motivated by Positive Reinforcement Techniques to ensure the sessions are enjoyable and productive.
Early intervention students at Abacus must attend a minimum of 12 hours and can attend up to 30 hours of ABA therapy per week. Although the majority of our students are 2-6 years old, we take students up to the age of 18.
Students under 3 years of age and living in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula area, can receive home-based sessions until around 3 years of age or when they are developmentally ready for transition to our centre-based service (subject to staff availability).
Parent training is a crucial part of an effective ABA based therapy program. Following a student’s first program meeting, the parent/s will have an individual one hour theory training session specific to their child. Parents and/or carers are also welcome to sit in on their child’s sessions at any time, or take home video footage of therapy.
If you are interested in enrolling in an early intervention program at Abacus Learning Centre, please print and complete the enrolment form (see below) and send it in to our office.
We will call you to set up an appointment where you will have the opportunity to learn more about our services, watch some ABA therapy and ask any questions you may have. Alternatively, call the Centre for further information or to set up an appointment time. Although at times there is a waiting list, once a position becomes available, children are accepted into our program.
Once you are enrolled for a position at Abacus, we will provide…
- Intensive, all-round initial assessment by our Clinical Director
- Individual purpose-designed curriculum
- One-on-one student – therapist sessions
- Program Meeting every 30-40 hours of therapy with the Clinical Director, Case Manager and therapy staff, to view the student’s progress and discuss any concerns
- Ongoing curriculum adjustments according to progress and goals
- Transition support to group learning (kinder / school) environments
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