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 Team 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. Students attend the centre form the age of 2, and therapy can be provided at childcare, kinder and school as clinically recommended.
Parent training is a crucial part of an effective ABA based therapy program. Once a student begins therapy, parents are required to undertake an individualised 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, initial assessment by our Clinical Team
- Individual purpose-designed curriculum
- One-on-one student – therapist sessions
- Program Meeting every 30-40 hours of therapy with the Clinical Team to view the student’s progress and develop goals
- Transition support to group learning (kinder / school) environments
Please complete and send to our office
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